From the Counselor’s Desk…
Career Counseling is much beyond than just deciding on a ‘Major’ or a job. It is a continuous process that helps the student understands him/her and the world of work, in order to make career, education and life decisions. Henceforth, our career counseling and guidance cell ensures to assist each student in locating resources and sources of career information and help them determine next steps to develop a plan to achieve their goals. The one thread that we really try to touch upon is the vigilance over the choices and decisions made by the students.
The Serendipity of Guidance based Counseling
Today’s children are growing up in a rapidly changing social, cultural and educational environment where they are dealing with the new age of information and entertainment. Lifestyles and value systems of children are shaped by the digital media. Children need proper support and guidance to cope up with the pressure of this complex modern living. In the absence of the required guidance, children might become aimless and aggressive. Keeping in lieu that children spend most of their formative years in the school, we profoundly opine that the onus of bringing them up mentally healthy individuals, falls summarily upon us. Actualizing the dire need for the schools to adopt the whole philosophy of Guidance based education, we in association with ICTRC, hosted a Regional Symposium of School Principal’s on November 23, 2017 in our campus. Principal’s from renowned schools across the state assembled in the forum with the objective, to develop an understanding of the whole field of Guidance and Counselling in order to identify the needed change thereby creating a vision.
King’s College, London
The students of classes XI and XII had an informative session on July 26, 2017 with the delegate from King’s College, London in our school. The forty minutes session was a bundle full of information on unique resources at the university, the exciting courses and culture offered and the global employment opportunities. The key takeaway of the session was, ‘How to craft effective and compelling ‘Statement of Purpose’.
Digging the Funding Opportunities
Apart from guiding the students on college shortlisting, course selection, proper documentation and application process, we do not let go to advise them on how to seek out and apply for scholarships, and also highlight the best ways to boost their chances of receiving a scholarship. We also think it’s important that they understand the bigger picture as to why scholarships have become so essential to the students who want to graduate with a college degree—and why it’s imperative to understand that scholarships can be vital to their post-college success. Adhering the same, we hosted Mr. Neeraj Mandhana, CEO, Next Genius Scholarship Program on August 01, 2017 to speak to the students closely and guide them to make the best out of it.
Session of Ms. Sabrina Moss from the University of Washington
The Emerald Heights’ Career Counselling and Guidance Cell organised the session of Ms. Sabrina Moss from the University of Washington, US on August 08, 2017 for the students of Classes-IX to XII. The session was interactive which helped students in selection of courses and universities. These informative sessions prove out to be an efficient way to learn about multiple college options and what differentiates one institution from the other.
The UK Universities Fair
The school proudly hosted delegates from the renowned universities in the United Kingdom on July 25, 2017, who addressed the students and educated them regarding the plethora of higher education opportunities in the UK and unfold the pathway for the same. The session was full of useful information about the courses offered and the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) facts. We believe that these platforms will open a new place in the lives of our students. The participating universities were:
- The University of Nottingham
- The University of Leeds
- The University of Essex
- The University of Exeter
- The Portsmouth University
Is Hotel Industry the Right Career For Me…???
The country representatives from four world class universities, specialized and renowned for the Hotel Industry Courses, interacted with our students in the most customized mode on July 21, 2017 conducted in our school.
Before jumping to any decision, we advise students to analyze the pros and cons, growth prospects, matching of the course/work profile in accordance with their personality’s traits. The attendees got wide spectrum of knowledge in relation to food and beverages, housekeeping, front desk and beyond. The universities were:
- Kendall College, US
- Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS), Australia
- Glion Institute of Higher Education, Switzerland
- Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Switzerland
US Universities’ Fair
The appeal to get immediate personalized responses to the students’ queries, knowing more about the programs, funding opportunities on the offers and getting clarity on the application process are the strong reasons for us to host university delegates on our campus. Thus, we take all initiatives and efforts to expose our students to these officials, so as to give them the clarity on what university admissions officers look for in their prospective students. The good news is that the aspirants learn more about how to be eligible and apply for scholarships. The visit of renowned US universities in our school on August 22, 2017 was one such move that proved to be helpful to students so as to avail maximum benefits in the study abroad journey. The universities were:
- Florida International University (Miami, FL)
- Ohio University (Athens, OH)
- University Of California, Riverside (Riverside, CA)
- University Of Oklahoma (Norman, Oklahoma)
We also had a session for our students by delegates of one of the renowned universities of the world, Arizona State University on September 12, 2017.
Ashoka University Visit
A pioneering Liberal Arts University, Ashoka University visited school on August 24, 2017 and acquainted the students of class XII with the stringent admission process and decent co-curricular expectations to get in. The presentation concluded with the interactive session wherein the students not only got their queries answered, but also updated with the new opportunities that lie ahead on Ashoka Campus.
Indian Universities’ Fair
With the rapid pace in the ongoing scenario, it comes to the utmost that we expose our students to the plethora of opportunities that lie ahead of them in context of their higher education. As we possess the goal of providing quality education, the onus of this ownership lies on our shoulders. With this viewpoint, we organized Indian Universities’ Fair in our school on September 04, 2017 to educate our students with all the information about the career related opportunities. The universities were:
- Ashoka University
- IIM Indore
- Manipal Global
- Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT)
- Ansal University
- Institute of Finance and International Management (IFIM)
- Avantika University (MIT Group, Pune)
- KKMI Stratford University
- World University of Design
- OP Jindal Global University
- IFAAA (Interior, Fashion, Animation, Architecture & Applied Arts)
Regional Symposium on Higher Education
The school hosted an orientation workshop with the parents and the students of class X on August 08, 2017. Albeit, the desideratum of the counseling sprouts from the initial years, yet it needs to be meticulously taken care during the students’ transition from grade X to grade XI, when the need to opt for the specific subject stream arises. Henceforth, it calls for additional ardency with these students. The school in collaboration with Dr Ravindran’s ICTRC, takes the onus to make this transition stress free, through the 4 phase course of action. We ensure the participation of each and every parent during the process. Undoubtedly, the program turns out to be effective in terms of career awareness and exploration thereby employing strategies to enhance academics.
A Special Time with USIEF and Embassy Consulate
USIEF (United States-India Educational Foundation), a bi national full bright commission had a session in our school on September 26, 2017 wherein they advised students who are planning to pursue higher studies in the US, about the accurate, comprehensive and current information on opportunities for higher education in the US. The representative from the US Embassy Consulate also chipped in and discussed about the process of applying for F1 student visa to the US.
University of British Columbia, Canada Amidst Emerralites
We understand the widely and fast expanding demands of the career and professional life, and also its impact on students’ minds. Ergo, we care to make the process easy and stress free for our students and parents to reach out with questions that may arise in regard to their community and admissions processes. We value these interactions not as a way of measuring a student’s interest in attending any college, but because we know that these interactions help students decide if any particular university is the right place they would want to spend the next four years of their academic journey. Our endeavor to host University of British Columbia, Canada, on July 11, 2017, a top notch university was one such productive initiative.
Peer-to-peer mentoring, we envisage, is a supportive aid for the students in enhancing learning and personal development. In keeping with the same, the school Head Boy, Dev Seth, mentored the students of classes VIII and IX on July 08, 2017 for the upcoming PSAT exam conducted by the College Board, New Jersey, USA. Dev not only imparted the knowledge and skills to be successful in the PSAT , but also facilitated the importance of personal self support and best utilization of the free resources available online. The session was a highly influential one which concluded with the positive note on the expectations and policies of the program for productive outcomes.
Alumni Panel Discussion
An array of questions embed the students while applying for the colleges in their senior years. Irrespective of the massive information available online, yet these inquisitive minds strive for the real and pragmatic verse. To pacify this appetite, a panel discussion session was conducted on July 05, 2017 wherein the panelists were none other than our own successful ex students . These young students customised the content exclusively aligned with the students ado. After the plethora of discussion on the hurdles and the efficient ways to overcome these, the facilitators gave the audience opportunity to ask questions thereby directing the verve of productive discussion.
The Career Confluence…Choose, Prepare and Submit!!!
To hog increased confidence in the ability to be successful in the career goals and to apply what we learn, is the quintessential principal of our institution. With these principles taught, the budding students will be capable enough to master the technique of using power. Thusly, we latch on to empower our students to have this power by conducting Career Confluence at regular intervals and one such session we had on June 29, 2017 for class XI. The sole objective of these workshops is to regulate the existing skills needed to achieve the set target, evaluate their talents, interests and values, identify and discover the resources, and to focus on the attainment of these. We presume our target is accomplished when they successfully carve a niche for themselves in the world.
Education in Australia
As a part of our unending efforts to reach out to the potentials of the students, we keep initiating wonderful and informative experiences for our students to get updates on the study options available worldwide. Attuning the same, we proudly hosted seven Australian Universities in our school campus. The students of Class-XI & XII were benefitted with the interactive session with the university delegates and got a broad spectrum on the Admission Assessments, Availability of Scholarships, Visa Application, Course Selection, University Campus, Entrance Exams and many other aspects related to the higher education.
Career Days – Workshops
With the rapid growth in the career big blue marble, the onus of taking out the young aspirants from the self-sabotage lies on our shoulders. Choosing the right career option amidst the plethora of subject combinations and the burgeoning institutions in India and abroad, therefore, eventually comes out to be the utmost. With this surge of interest, exclusive Career Days Workshops were conducted for the students of Class-IX to XII wherein the students were educated about the various blends in order to satisfy their personal need.
The Workshops were:
- Combinations of Streams : Class-IX
- Changing Trends in Humanities : Class-X
- Engineering Branches – What is Engineering All About??? : Class-XI & XII (PCM)
- Commerce – What’s In and What’s Out??? : Class-XI & XII (Commerce)
Dialogues on Design
Dialogues on Design (D on D) is an event congenial for the students aspiring to pursue their career in the arena of designing was hosted in the school. The students from various schools of the town attended this gala event.
D on D was an initiative of the Emerald Heights International School and the Indian Institute of Arts and Designing, Mumbai (ISDI), to seed and nurture the idea of design amongst young aspirants. The Director and Co-founder of ISDI, Mr. Siddharth Shahne and Med-tech Entrepreneur, Mr. Mihir Shah housed the idea of designing thereby giving insights on design pathways and answered various queries that otherwise go unanswered. The convivial session was followed by a series of hands-on workshops designed for aspirants to unravel the untapped creative potentials in 4 major domains:
- Fashion Designing
- Interior Designing
- Product Designing
- Communication Designing
Overall, it was an immersive and diverse pool of experience that will enable the aspirants to be well prepared to embark upon the design trajectory in the years to come.
Education in US
We believe in making continuous remarkable differences to the career selection and preparation of our students. Henceforth, we believe in taking the onus of connecting and creating cultural understanding thereby exposing them to the global mass extinctions and career supportive services.
We believe global education to be extremely substantial in these rapidly changing times because the world today is interconnected and interdependent. Our children need to be the successful global citizens.
Attuning the same rhythm, the school hosted nine renowned American Universities to create a counseling-focused and personal experience. The university representatives not just shared their program details, but also helped students discover the most appropriate educational pathways, through personal interaction with them.
The Universities were:
- Washington & Jefferson College, Washington
- University of Oklahoma, Norman
- University of California, Irvine
- University of Buffalo, The State University of New York
- SUNY Plattsburgh, New York
- Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah
- Ohio University, Athens
- New York Film Academy, New York
- Hillsborough Community College, Tampa
Workshop on Advanced Placement (AP) Program
To get an edge with the global education and acquaintance with its criteria, we strive to help our students achieve their goals and reach the acme.
This calls for the customized strategy and guidance in finding the right standardized tests and right fit institution. The key objective of our career counselling and guidance cell is to strengthen awareness towards the substantial requirements and admission procedures of the institutions overseas. Henceforth, rendezvousing the students with the relevant resource person comes to pivotal. Attuning the same, we hosted a session with Ms. Lisa Jain, College Board Country Representative, wherein she unwrapped the essential information on standardized tests such as SAT v/s ACT and TOEFL v/s IELTS.
The highlight of the session was to educate the students with the information on the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP), through which they can further earn college credits and distinguish themselves from the rest of the applicants.
We also feel honoured to announce that The Emerald Heights International School is now the First AP Test Center in MP.
The school premises abuzzed with the verve of curiosity and enthusiasm during the One-to-One Counseling Sessions of the students of Class-X. In order to raise the bar in the selected subject, the career counselling and guidance cell ensured that our students are furnished with the information and exposure to the facts and data relevant to their field of study. This will enable them to build on and excel in their professional careers thereby moulding their identity.
The entire week long counseling course of action helped the students and their parents to better understand their child’s interests, thought process and latent potentials, so that they make the right choice and the right decision for abounding success which they richly deserve.
Workshop on Effective Study Skills
A workshop on Effective Study Skills was conducted for the students of Class-IX to XI. The session being chaired by the renowned Educational Psychologist, Counselor Trainer and Teacher Educator, Dr V. K. Ravindran. The session was highly substantial and would certainly embellish the performance of the students. The key points of the workshop were Time Management, Concentration Cues and Do’s And Dont’s while preparing for the exams. It was not only engaging but interesting too, as it captured the attention and enthusiasm of each student, without giving vent to any monotony. The workshop was followed by the question answer round. Overcoming all hesitations, the students raised relevant and intelligent queries, which were acknowledged with in-depth explanations.
Symposium on Higher Education
Selection of appropriate career is the backbone to successful and satisfying future prospects. Adhering the same, we emphasise on creating the ethos that proves to be lucrative to the students. The exuberant event Symposium on Higher Education was hosted in the school premises with the objective to provide an opportunity to students to obtain unbiased and authentic career information and also to equip them with the knowledge of the scientific process of choosing careers and courses.
The event was staged by the panel of career counsellors and other experts headed by the renowned Educational Psychologist, Counsellor Trainer and Teacher Educator, Dr. V.K. Ravindran.
Dr. V.K. Ravindran, Mr. Siddharth Singh and Mr. Keshav Singh, with their varied experiences, cleared the clouds of the myths and misconceptions associated with the career selection, briefed and debriefed about the information disseminated, and safeguarded the interests of students by enlightening them with the right kind of career decisions to be conceived.
Around 1200 aspirants and 50 educators and counselors from across the town attended the lucrative event. The lofty bonanza was a super success in imparting the rapid and myriad changes in the higher education landscape of the country.