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Our plan to help kids map out their future

We met with the principals of Delhi’s top schools last week to launch the HT Horizons Career Quotient 2009

education Updated: Aug 26, 2009 09:25 IST

At least 15,000 high school students will take a test next month that will help them on the road to their future. And the test comes courtesy HT Horizons.

Your favourite education paper last week launched Career Quotient 2009 at a meeting with representatives from some of Delhi’s top schools. This free career guidance test was welcomed by the principals and counsellors present as a valuable tool to help students plan the final lap of high school and their college education.

Students of schools that sign up for the programme will take a 40 minute test that will evaluate their motivation levels, interests and values to get to where their strengths lie with respect to a career path.

The test results set out an analysis of each student’s temperament, aptitude and vocational inclination. Each student will get a two-three page summary of the result and online access to a full 30 page report.

Developed by a US-based company and powered by Adayana, Career Quotient 2009 will enable students to make critical education and career decisions. The 30-40-minute test consists of 71 triads of statements, tailored to the Indian environment. For each triad a student will have to indicate his or her least and most preferred option.

The meeting last week saw principals, vice-principals, administrators and counsellors engaging with HT Horizons and giving valuable inputs on how the tool can best be administered.

At the request of counsellors present, HT Horizons will organise a session to equip school counsellors with the necessary information to assist students who need to discuss their “test” results.

At the session, S M Garg of Kendriya Vidyalaya, JNU, said, “Life skills are the most important thing that determine success.”

Sister Stella of Holy Child Auxillium, said that for a child to succeed in his/her endeavour, “a conducive ambience” at home is most important.

Jasmeet Kaur of Guru Harkrishan Public School, India Gate, suggested that HT Horizons should also focus on career options for students who are not academically bright.ers