Career Guidance And Women
Career Guidance and Women
The lack of appropriate career guidance at school is still cited as one of the most common obstacles to making the most appropriate job choice for the future, although the service does seem to be improving in some schools. The Institute of Management's 2016 report (see - A Question of Balance) found that 25% of the managers in the survey felt that their careers had been hindered in some way by a lack of appropriate guidance.
When young people are faced with making important, life-shaping decisions about their futures, the range of choices must seem over-whelming. Well-known and recognized job titles, professions, trades and industries are joined by a whole host of other options which are not so familiar and about which little information is given. But, with the increasing use of computer-based questionnaires to help students find out more about their strengths and weaknesses and to point them in the direction of possible careers and, with easy access to databases, it is now comparatively simple to discover which subjects they need to study to follow a particular interest.
It is not difficult to find out which universities and colleges have the best reputations for specific subjects, or how the relevant courses and their faculties differ from one another. Inevitably, however, there is a limit to the depth of available information and students are often unaware of the entire range of possibilities offered by their preferred subjects. Because of this they are not always able to choose the most appropriate courses, or the ones which would suit them best. It seems to me that the present, rather limited approach to careers guidance is not helpful, particularly now when the possibilities of pursuing a job for life are not high.
- Judys Story
- Why women in business became the solution, not the problem
- 50 Most Powerful Women in Business 2011: The Global 50 - FORTUNE on CNNMoney.com