Students and parents are generally in a dilemma when it comes to deciding on the career path, what with the emerging fields and more so the uncertainty that looms ahead due to the pandemic. In view of this, CVV with its team of expert Faculty has taken the initiative to guide youngsters with sessions on career counselling.
On 27 December 2020, the first webinar under CVV's Direct to School Campaign was conducted by Dr. Kavitha Shanmughan (Assistant Professor, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Heritage), for the students, parents and teachers of Chinmaya Vidyalaya Vadavalli (CBSE), Coimbatore. Before the session, the students of classes 11 and 12 had been sent a basic questionnaire to gain insights into their expectations from the session.
In the one hour session, Dr. Kavitha gave a brief overview of the need for career guidance to be addressed by parents and schools early on as a part of the students' education. While addressing the questions posed by the students, Dr. Kavitha stressed on getting better insight into various career fields and mapping the students' interests with their skills before making their choice, rather than regretting at a later stage. She shared tips and posed different questions that could help prompt students to enquire into choosing higher studies and career options. She also shed light on how one need not be restricted to a certain field and be open to explore various avenues including being entrepreneurs even with basic education.
A few parents and students also expressed their concern about the pandemic situation and asked for pointers to face tough times. Dr. Kavitha concluded with the suggestion to maintain a healthy routine with diet, exercise/yoga and adequate family time now during the pandemic and later too.
Overall there was a good response and an interactive Programme-specific follow-up session is planned sometime in February 2021. We are thankful to Principal Smt. Radha Srikaanth and Coordinator Smt. Sunitha Menon for extending this opportunity to CVV to connect with their school.