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Welcome to the guided tour for secondary school students. On this tour, you will be able to find out more about planning for your future. What do you want to be?

With all career possibilities available, how do you make a decision? Once you know what career path you want to follow, how do you get there? One way to answer questions about your future career is to develop a career plan. A career plan outlines the steps you need to take to reach your career goal.

Generally, a career goal is based on your skills and interests, career possibilities and job trends.

Once you have chosen a career, think strategically about the steps to accomplish your goal. Understanding and accomplishing your career goal will be a lot easier if you create a career plan.

A career plan determines your skills and interests, what career best suits your talents, and what skills and training you need for your chosen career.

What is required?

It is common knowledge that for carving out a reasonably good career in any sphere, a good deal of planning is required. The vital issues are: a student's aptitude and abilities, his/her favourite subjects, class wise/ subject wise performance, institutions offering relevant courses, the job prospects in a particular field, growth of career prospects with passage of time, global positioning of a particular field and so forth.

Where does a secondary class student begin?

A student must ascertain his strong points, a few subjects he is good at. For instance if he/she is strong in English and social sciences, he must make sincere attempts to improve his scores in science subjects including mathematics. To do so, he/she is required to join tutorials/ private tuitions where guidance can be had from truly knowledgeable and professional people.

To improve your marks in a particular subject, try to procure the notes prepared by one or two brilliant students of senior classes. You can seek help from your subject teachers, your friends, your siblings and their friends, neighbours' children studying in the same class but in another school and so forth.

Choice of subjects

once you know your strong and weak points, your interest and strength; its time to make an informed decision based on an assessment of oneself, one's skills and aptitudes and the opportunities that choice offers. It is very important what is your career goal and path for the career goal.

Do not adopt a single track attitude. Instead explore possibilities.

For instance if you are keen on taking up biology, don't think of only medicine. Instead, try to gather information on the allied fields e.g.

biomedical and biotechnological sciences,

veterinary science,

marine biology,

primatology,

genetics,

horticulture,

agriculture,

dairy science,

poultry, sericulture,

bee-keeping

Allied fields in Engineering

In case you are interested in taking up engineering, you must understand that there are other options besides electronic or software engineering. Instead, why not go for a

Leather Technology,

Mechanical Engineering CAD & CAM

Chemical Engineering,

Mining and Petroleum

Ceramic Technology

Rubber Technology

In case you are planning to take up humanities at college, then you must consider the possibilities that exist e.g.,

Archeologist

Social Service

Public relations,

Front office manager,

Secretary,

Newscaster,

Anchor,

Radio jockey,

Video jockey

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