Counselling is a broad field that aims at helping people and providing them assistance with their mental health and well-being. There are several types of counselling that deal with different domains of an individual's life, such as: marriage and family counselling, rehabilitation counselling, mental health counselling, substance abuse counselling and guidance and career counselling.
Career counselling is a domain of counselling that focuses on helping individuals find the right career pathway. In career counselling the individuals receive guidance from professional counselors that provide expert advice on the potentials, aptitude, motivations, skills and shortcomings with the use of carefully designed assessment tools. These assessments tools are both subjective and objective. After carefully studying the individuals interests and aptitude, career counselors guide individuals to set their career goals.
Often, it has been witnessed that students enroll for a course not knowing exactly what it offerers. Their fancy names, peer pressure and popularity pushes the student to opt for the course. Although many parents are being aware of the need of guidance and career counselling, there are still a few parents who force their children to opt for conventional and money making careers. Professional courses offered in fields like engineering, psychology, commerce, humanities, science and the rest demand for specific skill sets. For example an individual wanting to pursue a career as an engineer should have complex problem-solving skills and a methodical mind is eligible for the post. Thus, the role of an educational counselor is to assist the student choose the right course that matches with the skillsets of the student to maximise satisfaction and performance.
There are various standardized tools for assessment used by various counselling centres. Depending upon the client needs appropriate psychometric tests are chosen to evaluate the client's interest, aptitude and personality. Assessment tools like 16PF, Big 5, DBDA, Bhatia, DAT, Wechsler Intelligence Scale and few more are the most used in India. There are various genuine online portals that also offer online counselling and assessment. These online portals may further connect you to expert counselors that provide counselling online.
Career counselling in India is gaining momentum, With the increase in awareness of the importance of career counselling amongst the parent population, there has been more and more parents voluntarily enrolling their children for career counselling. Schools, colleges and educational institutes are also encouraging students to do career counselling. The Government also lays emphasis in providing for compulsory career counselling and guidance to the students at school level in order to help them chart a proper career path and choose therewith. Mumbai, Banglore, Delhi and Pune have the highest number of career counselling centres.
DMIT (Dermatoglyphics Multiple Intelligence test) is the latest and most trending way of mapping a person's brain. In DMIT the fingerprints of the client are taken using a scanner, then a report is generated that gives complete details of the client's personality, strengths, weaknesses and potential. Research suggests 85% accuracy for this approach. It is considered more effective than any psychometric test. counselling done on the basis of fingerprint reports give a clearer picture to the students to choose a career options based on their abilities and skill sets. In India, Brainwonders is the largest DMIT and career counselling center with 108 branches all across the country.