Ready for the World (Career Orientation Program for High School Students)
Career Orientation Program in Kolkata
Ready for the World was an interactive workshop as a career orientation program for high school students designed for students of class X, XI, and XII. They are on the verge of stepping out of the familiar environment of home and long-standing school friends that they have grown up with. To be successful in the new environment of college life they need to be self-confident and worldly-wise.
The workshop was meant to equip them on multiple aspects of life that lie ahead ranging from self-motivation to presentation skills such that post completion of the workshop they emerge as confident young adults. We aimed to provide them exposure to social graces and skills that would help them develop the confidence to meet the challenges of a highly competitive world that they are about to step into.
Twenty-one schools registered for the workshop and we had a full house. Apart from students, teachers and principals also came to observe.
Career Orientation Program
We had 5 sessions in a day long program. The key note speaker was our mentor Mr Sunirmal Chakravarthi – a revered educationist, ex principal of La Martiniere for Boys, Kolkata, and a motivational speaker who touched on the challenges that lie ahead for high school students at the brink of school life. You can reach him out on LinkedIn.
He spoke about :
The new you – career orientation for students
- The world that lies ahead
Jason Pote from team Cygnus took the floor next and conducted interactive sessions filled with fun activities for the students the skills and graces they will need to negotiate new environments. The topics in this session were:
Handling a new environment
- Navigating Public Places
- How to make friends
Rajrupa Chakravarty from team Cygnus took up Effective Communication as an essential focus in the career orientation program for high school students. In order to make a mark and to be effective in any sphere of life communication is an important key along with right etiquettes. She covered:
- Effective Communication
- Essence of Etiquette
Jason Pote took the floor again with his sessions on public speaking and presentation skills for career orientation for students. His topics were :
Making a mark
- Public speaking
- Presentation skills
The final speaker was our Advisor Jayanta Banerjee who is an entrepreneur and an astute professional and a wizard in the Private Equity world. He tried to give the insights that students would need in choosing career options and how to handle the pressure that they would face. His topics included :
- What do I want to be?
- How to handle peer pressure
Career Orientation Program for High School Students
Twenty-one premier schools of Kolkata registered for the workshop and we had a full house. Apart from students, teachers and principals also came to observe. The response was overwhelming. The students and teachers have several queries and the participation was active,
This was our launch event and we were truly enthused by the response. It also gave us insights into the pain points of the high school students and teachers and varied aspirations. We feel such career orientation programs for students will always be affective. The glimpses of the workshop and the feedback is appended in the page.
- Jason Pote
- Jayanta Banerjee
- Rajrupa Chakravarty
- Sunirmal ChakravarthiEx-Principal
Sunirmal is ex-principal La Martinere School Kolkata, author of several books from Cambridge University Press with more than 20 years of experience in teaching and administration. He is a former President of the Rotary Club of Darjeeling, a Paul Harris Fellow and also a Life Member of the Indian Red Cross Society and the Darjeeling District Sports Association.