Many of us have stumbled into our professions. Tellings from those who pursued professions such as law and accountancy depict the taking up of their training as if no other prospects had manifested for them. Most of us have not experienced career advice - why is this so? It is common in schools for the careers teacher to be doing this job as part of a more comprehensive role. The expectation is often that there is a library of information for students to access, and this role is typically administrative. At universities, it is not much better. At one of the United Kingdom's top universities, students must reserve a session to receive fifteen minutes of assistance with their curriculum vitae. This advice is likely to be useful. What is the usefulness of career advising in the context we desire?
Significant investments are made by students in business school programmes. The student paying for the full-time MBA incurs an opportunity cost of not working. The significance of the benefit and risk issues is important to them. At business schools, part-time MBAs typically last for over two years and are often sponsored by the student's employer. The student faces less risk, since they remain paid throughout and their job will still be available after their MBA is finished.
At these business schools, full-time students are highly reliant on the availability of career advice and support. The student must comprehend fully the degree of assistance they will receive throughout their course, as the budget for the course becomes restricted due to the costs of all the other components of the programmes. Employers are skeptical of the part-time MBA. It is important to emphasize the importance of long-term career planning to students during their MBA program, so that they are prepared to make informed decisions and build a successful career after they graduate.
Career advice is useful in the stages above, which are just 3 examples. People who have access to good advice are fortunate. A parent or parents may take an interest and be able to encourage their offspring down an appropriate channel. Occasionally, a teacher or mentor possessing particular expertise is of great assistance. Most people don't consider the issue of their career until it suddenly appears during key points in their life, such as when they leave school or university or finish their Masters.
Examples that occur at "rite of passage" points in our lives or where we have taken an important decision to invest in our career are quite evident. If careers were made more central to our learning experiences at these key stages, what would be the outcome?
To achieve the best careers advice, it is important to understand an individual's capabilities. The teaching community in a school context often understand this well, as they are interacting with the students in an academic, pastoral, and extracurricular capacity on a regular basis. They are measuring regularly to provide feedback to students, parents, and relevant external bodies. There is the wherewithal to undertake good career advice. Many schools lack the resources necessary to provide it.
As a society, it appears that we do not give much value to careers as an important subject. The lack of value pertains, regardless of whether it is in schools or with people in work who are careering in their careers. People who take proactive action can generally be divided into two groups: those in pain and distress due to a job loss, and those who are bored and frustrated and want to make a change.
It is a lifelong responsibility to take care of your career. The better it will be for one's working life as a whole if we can value that notion and learn how to take care of it as soon as possible.