Home >> 2019 >> Free career counselling for rural, urban school students in Karnataka,Education Times

The state government of Karnataka in association with an NGO will offer the career-counselling facility to school students. Initially, 50000 students from 1000 urban, rural schools from across the state will be offered free-of-cost career counselling through a platform called ‘Marg- Exploring Careers, Unlocking potential’.

The campaign was initiated a few months back, while the official launch took place on August 23.

“The recently launched career counselling initiative will benefit 50,000 students to know about new avenues and pick careers according to their talent,” said Umashankar, principal secretary Primary and Secondary Education.

“A team of 30-35 people have been visiting schools in remote areas to offer career counselling. Students are recommended career options as per their performances in a test conducted online or offline,” said P Muralidhar, CEO, ERA Foundation

Students are tested on subject-based test, aptitude test, career interest test and personality test in a 2.5-hour test.

“Student’s abilities in subjects such as Science, English, Math and Social Science are tested in the examination. Besides, they are also examined for their interests in different areas of career opportunities such as Biology and Allied Sciences, Media Arts and Entertainment, Social Science, Designing, Pure Science. Psychometric and aptitude tests are also there,” added he while talking to Education Times.

Based on their performances, students are recommended their further areas of studies or career options they can opt for after school education. Students are also apprised about employment opportunities that the course offers.

In addition to English, the career-counselling test is also available in six Indian languages such as Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali, Marathi, and Hindi.

The ERA Foundation initially launched this initiative on pilot basis in other states as well.

“We received a very good response from students and teachers where we conducted the career counselling on a pilot basis,” he added.

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