What do you want to be when you grow up? How many times have you heard this question while growing up? Do you think that a sixteen or eighteen years old knows what he really wants to do or to be when he grows up? Let me tell you this. Based on the way the orientation system in our educational institution works, most of the students are not able to understand or choose the path they would like to follow in the future.
After studying for twelve years or so, we reach a point where we need to really think about our future, our life all in all. Were we really prepared to do so? We know how to study, memorize, and perform some tests, but do we really know the real experience of work and what to choose as a future career?
Here we are in front of a major decision. A decision that would affect our whole journey. If you ask a student about his intentions and future vision, you might hear responses similar to “I’m not really sure” or “I guess I would follow my father’s path” or “my parents or teachers advised me to follow this career choice”. What about you? What do you really want to do?
As an individual in their eighteenth, you are in a vital time to actively discover and pursue your goals for you are entering your young adult’s life. You are responsible for this choice as much as the educational institution is responsible for helping each student understand the pros and cons of every career path.
What Can The Educational Institution Do?
Students are most of the time assessed based on their grades and ranking. Thus, the orientation program follows also this same pattern. Higher grades in Maths mean that you are born to be an engineer or an architect or a Maths teacher etc…Who set these standards anyway? What about the students’own preferences?
Every individual is unique and should be treated this way. You might be a high achiever in a certain subject but you might also be passionate about your artistic skills. Bringing together student’s interest, performance, as well as the market need would help the student reach an optimum decision.
Introducing an orientation program that exposes students to real life experiences and really tackles all the necessary issues around this subject should be seen as a crucial part of our schools’ curriculum.