Teachers have a responsibility to teach their students about careers and guide them towards making decisions about how to enter the working world.Students have been known to be indecisive about careers, and with so many options in an ever-changing global economy, it’s difficult to know how to proceed.
From a young age, they change their minds often; today they want to be teachers, tomorrow they want to be doctors, and this continues even when they are adults, many of whom have not chosen a career by the time they need to embark on one — and then they often choose out of necessity.
This is unfortunate, because when one chooses a career out of necessity rather than out of passion, they may never give it their all (and the last thing we need is to raise and educate children that will grow to hate their careers!). With that being said, the most logical thing for us to do is to have teachers coach their students into finding out what exactly they are passionate about and lead them toward that particular career:
“It is true that all schools should have a trained career leaders and high-quality ones at that; but it would be much better and much easier for the students if they could count on their teachers on matters pertaining their careers because these classroom teachers spend more time with them and understand them much better and most importantly, these classroom teachers know exactly what these students are good at.”
Careers need to be discussed in our schools right from the primary level because teachers are poised to notice perhaps special gifts and talents among their students that could apply to the workforce. Teachers spend more time with younger students, so it is only natural that they take it upon themselves to guide them toward the right path. When students have an informed mindset about which career they might want to pursue, they can work with a sense of purpose and are better able to focus more in school. They have a goal they want to attain, and they’re motivated to reach it.
Many people have attributed their success to their teachers who introduced them to the passions and skills that helped them pursue a career. These teachers helped students figure out what they really wanted to do and motivated them to do it.
Teachers who give the beginnings of career education to their students go a long way to helping students be more decisive and informed about what they want to do when they get to a point of choosing their paths. They will have developed a passion and combined it with a specific part of the world in which they live — and this is exactly what we want for them.