In the life of a student, Class X is invariably a turning point. The choices one makes for Class XI goes a long way in shaping one’s life. A critical decision such as this ought to be a well-informed one. The aim of Panorama’12, a series of career counseling workshops organized by the Social Service Group of IIM Kozhikode, was to help students make this choice. The first in this series of events was a career counseling workshop held for Class X students of Calicut Government schools.
As a part of the second edition of Panorama 2012, the Social Service Group of IIM Kozhikode organized a career counseling workshop for Class X students of private schools from Calicut on the 25th of November 2012. The daylong event had four sessions on either side of a lunch break. The sessions covered a wide range of careers including photography, media & journalism, law and pharmaceuticals. Each session dealt with a particular area and focused on associated career options, personality fit for the career, premier institutes in the country and in Kerala offering courses for the same and the entrance exams to be taken up to pursue the career. Each talk concluded with an interactive Q&A session. The presenters of each session were from the respective field and hence they could provide invaluable insights from their personal experiences. Considering the plethora of opportunities available for studies abroad, an exclusive session was conducted to provide details on such courses. Students were also provided a brochure containing an exhaustive list of career options, with details of prominent universities and entrance exams. A small activity was conducted between sessions to highlight the importance of communication skills.
The career counseling session was attended by over 35 students and 4 academic staff from different schools in and around Calicut. The sessions received active participation from the students. One of the principals said that “This workshop was extremely useful for our students, as they were introduced to many career options previously not considered by them. I would encourage SSG to conduct similar sessions in the future”. SSG hopes to conduct this event on a larger scale in the future, to include more students from each school and covering a greater number of schools from the Calicut district.