The Importance of Guidance

Nowadays, students are rushing to get into universities as fast as possible. What they don’t know is that they are making a big mistake doing so. In my opinion, we should promote a new system that helps students decide what to study by changing the focus. See, when choosing a career path, most students decide based on the career, which would make a lot of sense if it wasn’t for the problems that may come along. A career can be interesting, engaging with the student, and even fulfilling at the university but most times this has no correlation with the actual job that it is selling.

I believe that students should start to project themselves as to what life they want to acquire, how they see themselves working from day to day and so on. When making a big decision like this one, students should focus on the posible lifestyles that go with a career path. There is this trend of psychologists that are offering guidance in this concept. They do so by asking guidance questions to the student and reviewing fields of action of a career. The student is asked questions such as how do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years? Do you see yourself going to an office everyday? What is your major dream in life? What do you think that you are good at? What do your peers think you are good at? What are you passionate about? What and how do you contribute to society?

This guidance holds major importance and while some argue that there is no rush to do it, I disagree. If done at a certain age, this would leave the student with enough beforehand time to get to know themselves as well as enough aftertime to start making an action plan come true. An action plan would be the individual academic preparation before university, like taking courses and doing research. This opens the door to explore an area and, by doing so, the student would have a precise perception of how a career develops later in life and how it is implemented in work life.


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