So, are you really interested and passionate about the career choice you have made? If your answer is ‘yes’ then well and fine, and if it is a ‘no’ then ask yourself a simple question- “Why?”, why am I not interested in what I am doing? You may get many answers like “My parents forced me to take up this course(Mostly Science and Engineering)”,“This is India Bro, Most of the uncommon professions are undervalued” or the answer might be “I chose this because It has a good scope of salary and it doesn’t matter if I’m interested or not” one of these answers is the story of every Indian youth. Rather than following people, follow your passion.
Out of the above-mentioned answers, I would like to focus on the fact that such mistakes happen due to lack of proper knowledge about the bundle of career opportunities available both in parents and students, as a result we ultimately end up taking those set of four to five professions, Engineering is at the top as we feel it is the most sorted out career option and it can provide us with a well-settled future.
But we all need to understand that only 7 percent of Engineers are employable ( according to India Today) and the reason is simple – Students do not follow their passion. This directly affects the growth rate of our country as it mainly comprises of youth who are the future of our country. Development must happen in all areas be it fashion Industry, Automation, Event management, Graphic Designing, Spa Management, video editing, Biological Industry, Construction Industry etc.
The possible solutions to this problem can be
- Firstly, parents must give their children the right to choose whatever they are passionate in, should not try to force their will, as their encouragement has a very important part in shaping their children’s career.
- Secondly, Instead of forming a pre-notion about anything one has to look out for the opportunities and research thoroughly and not let go the fact that “Nothing is hard to achieve” and “Wealth is not everything, it’s just a byproduct of the hard work we put in. Therefore, pursuing our passion is the best thing, the best gift we can give to ourselves.
Another question arises if we want to think about whom to be blamed. The answer would be a big ‘Yes’. But who? The modern-day schools which more or less decide the caliber of a student through their marks. Marks are only the basis for deciding our success. These educational Institutes add up to the reasons for the low employability rates and fail to give their students a proper practical knowledge making them weak and pretty good rote learners.
The problems related to the quality and accountability are
- Educational Institutes often forget that Increasing graduation rates and scales will be of no use if the knowledge students get is not long lasting and literally in the memory.
- Companies nowadays complain that students do not have the basic problem-solving skills, creative logical thinking, and aptitude which decide the overall requirements of an employee.
- Schools must prepare students, not for examination sake but to attain a broad knowledge and examination is then just a cakewalk if knowledge is targeted.
- Coming to primary schools, lack of teachers is a major problem especially in some areas where students from different classes are taught together by a single teacher.
- In secondary schools the dropout rate is more, therefore, a well-qualified teacher force is required. The educational degree of teacher/lecturer is a very important aspect which determines the quality of teaching of an Institute.
Extracurricular activities must be made a part of the curriculum as physical strength and mental relaxation are equally important for a student along with studies. Universities can open an innovation center so that a student’s creative ideas are taken in and implemented by proper funding and sometimes they may even gain recognition.
The most important thing an educational Institute, a University can do is to provide freedom to their students, freedom to choose, freedom to speak, freedom to work for what they believe in, what they’re passionate about. This way the quality and accountability of Educational Institutes can be improved for a better future.