When making a career choice there are many variables students have to consider before making their final decision. Fortunately, students have support from teachers, counselors, parents and other stakeholders to assist them with their choices. Career counselors play a pivotal role in aiding students with this important step, by implementing the tools to guide them in discovering their interests and abilities and matching them with jobs that most appropriately fit their personality styles.
A Career Counseling Assessment Programme allows the counselor the opportunity to scrutinise the range of career choices with the student after which the best choice is made in the student’s ...view middle of the document...
If we embrace God and trust him with faith as small as a mustard seed, we will be guided to make the right decisions in life and in our careers. As stated in Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”. We must live our lives according to God’s purpose and will, that is the only way we will fulfil our destiny.
Defining the contextual setting
The contextual setting chosen for this programme is the Secondary School system in Trinidad and Tobago from Forms 1 to 5 with the average ages of students being between 12 years to 18 years old. In most Secondary Schools, students are assigned based on the Secondary Entrance Exam, whilst some schools accept private student who pay for their tuition. Students at these schools pursue both academic and technical subjects in preparation for making their career decision. The Caribbean Examination Council and the General Certificate of Education are two of the major examinations by which students are tested at the end of Form 5.
According to the Ministry of Education Draft National Occupational Classification 2009, the major occupational groups available to students in Trinidad and Tobago are as follows:
Major Group 1 Managers
Major Group 2 Professionals
Major Group 3 Technicians and Associate Professionals
Major Group 4 Clerical Support Workers
Major Group 5 Service and Sales Workers
Major Group 6 Skilled Agricultural, Forestry and Fishery Workers
Major Group 7 Craft and Related Trade Workers
Major Group 8 Plant and Machine Operators and Assemblers
Major Group 9 Elementary Occupations
Major Group 0 Defence Force.
Globalisation has created market shifts in standards for which the student must be aware. This situation has caused organisations to change the way they do business or face the likihood of being left behind. Productivity, customer focus, flexibility, speed and quality are all characteristics an organisation must possess to succeed in the competitive market. In order to achieve success, organisations have to put greater emphasis on team work and networking.
Students have to be mindful of these sweeping changes in the job industry, and change the way they look at the job market. The advent of new international markets, the reduction of trade barriers and advanced information sharing have made some organisations more efficient and productive, thus there is less demand for a huge workforce. For students to survive in this transformed work society, their education and skills must be of the best. Education and flexibility would be the key for students to survive in this globalised world, since traditional jobs are being replaced by those requiring new information and communication technologies. Students are also to realise that the key to securing employment in the future is lifelong learning.
According to Betty Mc Donald (2008) of...