Career Guidance workshop was conducted on 2nd September, 2018 at Thane for 11th Std. Science students and their mentors (KPs). For the first time an Aptitude test was conducted collectively for all these students under the guidance of an expert.
The rationale of the workshop was 1. To create awareness among students & mentors about the various careers they can choose after 12th and 2. To explore use of aptitude test in making career choices
Team members gave detailed information about different options available under each stream, the entrance exams, how to prepare for same and the job opportunities after completion of the specific courses. The following streams were covered: Engineering, ITI, Medical/Paramedical, Nursing and Basic Sciences. The ITI team was a new team which became functional this year and will be guiding students as part of the exhaustive career Guidance program of VSM.
The various courses/trades available in ITI, Institutes in and around Mumbai, importance of doing engineering from good college for better job opportunities, qualities needed to take up Nursing, determination required to pursue Medicine as profession etc were explained in details to the participants. Certain off-beat course & courses which can be taken by student from any stream but with good earnings were also touched upon.
Summing up of the session was done by over viewing each stream and explaining the importance of efforts from students and use of available support during these 2 years for best performance. The mentors were also told about the expectations from them & the important role which they have to carry out in the entire process of choosing a career.
An Aptitude test was conducted to understand the personality traits, interest in the subject and numerical abilities. The test papers will be corrected & the analysis will be carried out by experts and future course of action will be decided.
A session comprising of one to one informal & free discussion was taken. Dr. Archana and Dr. Anita interacted with each student, tried to understand their issues, difficulties and cultivated motivational thoughts in each student and gave assurance that all support will be given by VSM for making right career choice.
Medical & Paramedical: Dr. Anita Mokashi
Nursing: Vaishali Kondaji, Bina Padwal, Vidya Jathar
Engineering: Ujwala Ranade, Swati Khare
ITI: Tushar Khaire
Basic Science: Vinita Dhupkar, Dr. Archana Damle
Aptitute Test: Sasmita Nayak
Communication & Admin help: Padmaja Saurkar, Nidhi Chitre, Bhavesh
Workshop Lead & Co-ordinator: Dr. Archana Damle