Career planning and counselling primarily includes activities related to proper placement of students passing out from an educational institution in public and private sector companies and organizations, their career development and counselling, comprehensive coaching for state, national and international level competitive examinations, capacity building in terms of soft skills like computer and IT literacy, language and communication skills, personality and professional development, enhancement of their motivation level and efficiency besides an overall upgradation of their aptitude, skills, competencies, knowledge, understanding, proficiency and cultivation of positive mental attitudes. While it is the job of the parent department to train their pass-outs in the basic skills required for their area of expertise or specialization and prepare them for job markets as well as knowledge industry, onus of assisting them in enhancing their add-on skills like communication and presentation skills, helping them realize their full potential, explore their career choices and determine their placement priorities lies with the centre for career planning and counselling of their respective educational institute. Main goal and objective of career planning and counselling is to equip our youth with the skills, understanding, abilities and knowledge that they need to make important decisions and choices throughout their life. Right kind of career counselling helps one realize one’s full potential as well as explore one’s true self and enables one to attain the highest level of psychological development, where personal potential is fully realized beyond one’s basic bodily needs and this process of transformation of the state of one’s mind has been aptly described by the psychologists as “self-actualization”.
Centre for Career Planning and Counselling (CCPC) of the University of Kashmir was established in the year 2004 and has since then been actively involved with career planning, counselling, placements, coaching for competitive examinations, hand-holding and guidance of students. Centre has been striving hard to achieve its vision of attaining the status of a well-recognized centre of excellence for career education, coaching, training & placements, nurturing, grooming and guiding youth in their transformation as professional leaders to serve the society in diverse capacities. In pursuit of this mission, it has been organizing training workshops, job fairs and recruitment drives from time to time in order to help prepare students for their placement and support them in their careers. Besides the Centre has been imparting coaching for various competitive examinations like IAS/KAS/NEET/JEE/UGC-NET/JRF/CMAT etc in physical, online and distant mode. The Centre has also been actively engaged in creating awareness amongst youth by organizing webinars, workshops, arranging motivational speeches of acclaimed and accomplished public personnel and social activists for their overall personality and leadership development. Over the years Centre has facilitated recruitment of a large number of our youth by reputed companies like TCS, AMUL, HDFC, Grameen Bank, Yes Bank, Airtel, Vodafone, Infosys Technologies, NIMS Dubai etc.
In future CCPC contemplates to approach top notch corporates of the private sector in India for conducting on-campus recruitment drives at regular intervals and engage our enterprising youth in their corporate affairs. Centre also envisages to train its career counsellors professionally in career counselling and get them certified by reputed career counselling institutions so that they could effectively and proficiently deliver back at their respective departments. CCPC also seeks to offer comprehensive coaching of the best quality for competitive examinations so that a sizeable number of its trainees qualify civil services and other competitive examinations. It will also be our endeavour to create appropriate communication channels for the students through which they could be constantly kept informed about fully funded scholarships, fellowships, placement and career opportunities for higher education both within and outside the country so that a large number of them pursue higher education at institutions of international repute without any financial burden and seek the best possible education at best institutions of the world. This Centre can also contribute significantly towards engagement and active participation of the students in various exchange programmes, seminars/workshops/conferences, entrepreneurship and skill development activities, exposure tours, internships, sports and other competitions besides innovative start-ups and industry visits. Centre will leave no stone unturned in capacity-building of the youth and their preparedness for rapidly evolving dynamic marketplaces of the world.
Prof. Geer Mohammad Ishaq