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3.2 Collection of Career InformationIt is essential for the counsellor or career master to gather sufficient facts, possess sound knowledge and ideas about different careers for him to be able to assist students in their career decision making process. The two major areas of importance where information is needed for career guidance are: (a) Information about self (b) Information about the career of interest. Information about Self –i.e. person who wants to choose a career. Although self assessment is needed by an individual in areas which include: (i) Area of his interest; (ii) The type of person he is. Is he an introvert or extrovert, aggressive or lovely person? You need to know this. (iii) The educational background of the person. (iv) The performance in the school subjects. All these you need to know about the person for a good career decision making.
100 Information about the Career of Interest –You will gather information on career of interest by considering the following: (1) Study of occupational information that are available in publications like: (a) Periodicals in Ministry of Employment, Labour and Productivity; (b) Magazines and books in the National Directorate of Employment (NDE); (c) Books, Periodicals and Magazines by Labour Unions/Associations/Organisations/Institutes such as Michael Imoudu Institute of Labour Studies; (d) Business and Commercial Publishers; and (e) Magazines, newspaper publications on job vacancies. (2) Use of films, filmstrips, slides, etc. which present occupational information. (3) Use of career exploration kits and career games. (4) Personal visit to employers in the fields of interest. (5) Interviewing workers in occupations. (6) Securing part-time or long vacation jobs in occupations of interest. Scanning newspapers and magazines for information on occupations. 3.3 Career PlanningPlanning is time tabling of how activities will be carried out. In planning, attention should be paid to material resources that are available for use in carrying out the plans. In a similar way, one needs to make a time-table of how he wants to get into the type of work one intends to do in the future. The planning of the type of work one wants to do in the future involves acquiring the necessary education needed and taking the type of subjects to qualify one for the job. It also involves preparing your mind towards the job. All these are part of career planning. You should consider the following points while you are engaged in the career planning exercise: 1. Quality of education provided by the client’sparent. 2. Peer-group influence on the client’s life.
103. Type of school attended i.e. a student who attended a teacher training college has already been prepared to be a teacher. 4. Subject combination i.e. a child who wants to be a medical doctor should offer subjects like physics, chemistry and biology. 5. Prospect of employment.