How parents can aid the career guidance process? [Part III]

In the previous post, we talked about things that parents should be mindful of while guiding children through their career development journey. In Part III of this series, we talk about the signs that parents should look out for while guiding their child through the career development journey. Signs to look out for in child's approach and what can be the best way ahead: · Waiting until the last minute to make decisions. · Unrealistic expectations. · Promises to work miracles with study next term. · Lax approach to homework. · Selecting a course because the career is well paid. They are more likely to gain a good result in their degree if they enjoy and are interested in the course. · If possible, introduce your son/daughter to someone currently doing the course/working in the career area. · Look at the list of proposed courses and find out if your son/daughter has researched each course thoroughly. Any course that has not been thoroughly r

How parents can aid the career guidance process? [Part II]

  How parents can aid the career guidance process? [Part II]   In the previous post , we talked about what parents should do to help and encourage children   towards   making right career choices. In Part II of this series, we discuss the things that parents should conciously avoid while handholding their child through the career development process. What should they not be doing-   parents can be an important and positive influence in decisions affecting a young person's vocational development. Parents should not do the following - ·          Be over-involved or excessively controlling in the decision-making process, as it can undermine parental effects as a positive source of influence. ·          Parents should be cautioned against imposing their own goals on to their children or seeing their child’s accomplishments as a reflection on themselves. ·          Parents should show genuine interest and support for their adolescents‘ career plans, they must allow adoles

How parents can aid the career guidance process? [Part I]

How parents can aid the career guidance process?  [Part I] Parents serve as a major influence in their children’s career development and related decision- making. They want their children to find happiness and success in life and a major determinant of this is their career choice.  When students feel supported by their parents, they have more confidence in their own ability to research and choose a career of their choice. This is important because adolescents who feel competent regarding career decision-making, tend to make more satisfying career choices later in life. Parents influence the level of education or training that their children achieve; the knowledge they have about work and different occupations; the beliefs and attitudes they have to working; and the motivation they have to succeed. In this blog series we are going to talk about ways in which parents can support their child’s development decisions. In Part I of this series, we summarize the active steps that parents sho

Good Study Habits

  Study Hard Smart Study skills are the skills students need to enable them to study and learn efficiently – they are an important set of transferable (multipurpose) life skills. Key points about study skills: You will develop your own approach to study and learning  in a way that meets your individual needs. As you develop your study skills you will discover what works for you, and what doesn’t. Study skills are not subject specific  - they are generic and can be used when studying any area. You will, of course, need to understand the concepts, theories and ideas surrounding your specific subject area.  You need to practise and develop your study skills.   This will increase your awareness of how you study and you’ll become more confident.  Once mastered, study skills will be beneficial throughout your life. Study skills are not just for students.   Study skills are transferable - you will take them with you beyond your education into new contexts. For example, organisati

Enabling career choices

Concept of career coaching for students is not commonly available in India. Parents usually influence their kids to pick their future from three or four conventional options. Subject streams are decided by grades unlike west where they are decided by the candidate's strengths and likings. 1 million+ students appear each year for class Xth and XII exams across boards, where 46+% go for engineering without even realizing their core interests & strengths. Several of them even lack basic aptitude required for engineering stream. One should start exploring other career options based on their strengths and interests. At atfirstpage ( we enable our candidates to explore and go for informed choices.

Emotions and the Brain

Emotions are not consciously controlled. The part of the brain that deals with emotions is the limbic system. It’s thought that this part of the brain evolved fairly early-on in human history, making it quite primitive. This explains why an emotional response is often quite straightforward, but very powerful: you want to cry, or run away, or shout. It’s because these responses are based around the need to survive. Emotions are strongly linked to memory and experience. If something bad has previously happened, it affects your emotional response to the same stimulus is likely to be strong. Children feel emotion but can’t necessarily reason. Emotions are also closely linked to values: an emotional response could tell you that one of your key values has been challenged. Understanding this link to memory and values gives you the key to managing your emotional response. Your emotional responses don’t necessarily have much to do with the current situation, or to reason, but you can overc