Career guidance


April 19, 2015

“The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy.” - Malcolm Forbes

You are a young Omani who has just graduated from Thanawiyyah or on the way to graduating and wondering what to study or which career to choose that suits you best. Well, the next step you need to take is to seek out centres that provide programmes on career guidance and development.

Most young graduates from high school have no idea which course they wish to pursue at universities or colleges. At times, there are conflicts at home between the students and their parents. Parents wonder, “How can I help my child choose the right career?” Well this is where the idea of career ‘choice’ and ‘guidance’ comes along.

Usually when one thinks about choosing a career to pursue, there are four things that come to mind: Salary, qualification, career plan and an ideal job description. For some, they may have already determined their career path from an early age, whereas for others they might graduate from college and still not have a clear view of their career goal.

One of the primary reasons why people take time to choose a career path is because of the dilemma as to which profession is suitable for them in terms of salary, personality or talents and interests.

This is where experts in career counselling and career guidance come into the scene and guide young adults on how they can find the ideal jobs.

Now one might wonder, how do these experts assist job seekers and students?

The experts use psychometric assessments which measure three major aspects of a person: Knowledge, personality and abilities. With these assessments, experts can not only help you identify your potential skills and personality traits, but also help guide you in planning your own career path that suits your aptitude.

In other words, these assessments can assist you in choosing the right course to study or guide you in job search, and providing counselling services throughout the process to follow up with your career development.

A good example of matching career with your aptitude would be artistical skills that do not narrow one’s choices just to painting but also architecture, landscaping and tailoring.

Finally, career guidance experts also provide help with creating a network for individuals and building CV or résumés and cover letters so that they can advertise themselves in a professional manner, whilst educating them how to balance their work and personal lives.

In conclusion, there is no doubt that Oman is in dire need of career guidance and development projects. Both psychometric assessments and counselling services should be provided to help students and job seekers, the youth in particular. Reflecting on Malcolm Forbes’ statement, does it make sense to make a living in that which you do not enjoy?

Therefore, if you are looking to find out more about choosing a career and developing your talents and skills, then why not search for the closest centres that provide career development programmes.