Less than a month before Class 10 and Class 12 results are declared, scores of students made their way to Bhaidas Auditorium, Vile Parle to attend Campus Calling, a three-hour career counselling session.
On Thursday morning, the first of 14 sessions was conducted by Hindustan Times in association with Disha, a counselling center, to help Class 10 and Class 12 students make the right career choices. More than 600 students attended it.
“These days, students have a diverse set of careers to choose from, which can make this a confusing time. Counselling helps put things in perspective,” said speaker Shilpa Pathak, director of Disha. “In this age of competition, students cannot afford to be unsure about their careers.”
Besides speaking to students about the three broad streams – science, commerce and arts - Pathak explained the steps for the online registration process for junior college admission. This was followed by a comprehensive coverage of courses available after Class 12.
“Counselling throws light on avenues in streams that students are unaware of, such as humanities,” said Mugdha Bavare, co-director, Disha.
Even as the session was in progress, career counsellors answered student queries on a one-on-one basis. Students asked questions on opportunities in traditional fields such as engineering, law, and Union Public Service Commission , as well as contemporary ones including animation, catering technology and speech therapy.
“I was confused between engineering and medicine. The seminar gave me the information I needed,” said Shivangi Kedia, a Class 12 student.
Parents also applauded the initiative. “The session made us aware of different options and gave information on niche topics,” said Charmaine Shukla, mother of a class 10 student.