Mother’s Blossoms and The Mother’s International School got together in August 2007 this year to organize a Career Fair for the students of Class IX to XII.
From getting experts from the fields of Civil Services, Engineering, Architecture, to name a few, to interactive detailed sessions with institutes that were called in to give specific information about their own courses like Merchant Navy, Army, Foreign Studies – everything was planned.
The idea behind the whole show was that in recent years, a deluge of career options has created confusion in young minds. Lack of awareness and structured guidance often prevent them from making the correct choice in keeping with their interest and aptitude. Moreover, gathering information from various sources also proves to be a cumbersome task. Therefore, in an endeavour to help the children, we planned a career fair in the school so that parents and their wards could be updated with all the latest courses being offered in the market.
The idea was great. Now began the whole exercise of trying to balance what we thought the children wanted to do and what the children actually wanted to do. The Headboy and the Headgirl were called in and assigned the duty of getting the students’ preference on paper. Soon the lists came back and the difference in opinion was not as difficult to handle as we had presumed. Students mostly wanted to get into careers that pay well and pay soon. There were not many takers for the Armed forces and even for medicine. Areas like IAS, Law, Architecture, design and Foreign Studies were found to be the favourites.
A balance was struck between the two sides and invitations were drafted and sent. The response was overwhelming. We had ex-students changing their schedules to fit this event. People like Mr. Sujit Ghosh (1988) for Law, Mr. Deependra Prasad (1990) for Architecture, Ms. Bhavna Vij Aurora (1987) for Journalism, Ms. Manisha Saxena (1989) for IAS and Mr. Akshay Gupta (2005) for Commercial Pilot were kind enough to come to the school and address the children.
The Hall of Aspiration was used to set up stalls for various other institutes to talk about their courses. We had representatives from Delhi University, IGNOU, Paramedics, Biotechnology, IIT, Foreign Studies — US and Canada and the Armed Forces to name a few.
At the end of the event the feedback we got from the students was good. Some thought that a few things could have been done differently and we completely agreed with them. So, hopefully the event next year will cover more areas and have more to offer!