Jamshedpur : Students of XLRI under the banner of Samarthya, a student body dedicated to the cause of the development of school children of Jamshedpur, organised ‘Disha’14 on campus grounds to provide career guidance to students.
Disha, the career counselling workshop, was attended by a total of 200 students of both class 10 and 12 along with their parents. Students from Loyola School, Sacred Heart Convent, Carmel Junior College, MNPS, DBMS, Kerala Samajam Model School, Rajendra Vidyalaya, and St. Mary’s participated in the event.
The key speakers were: Father Sebastian, principal, Loyola School, Prof. ISF Irudayaraj, professor, OB, XLRI , also the Faculty Coordinator, Ronald D’Costa, XLRI alumni – BM – 1968 Batch, Ashu Tiwari, principal, MNPS and Souvik Saha – Educational Counsellor.
The session started with a discussion by experts on the process of selecting a career followed by other events in which the students of XLRI from diverse backgrounds talking to them about their own career paths in life.
The students told them about how they enjoyed their lives by taking a course that they always wanted to pursue and thus help them to choose the career most suitable for them.
There were kiosks for various career options like Law, Sociology, Commerce, Arts, Medicine, Biotechnology, Engineering, Mass Media, Hotel Management and Armed Forces where XLRI students of the relevant background took the individual questions and doubts that the students raised.
The school students were elated as they got to talk to an XLRI who had served the Indian Air Force and one who had been a scientist in DRDO for 4 years before coming to XLRI. One of the students seemed particularly hopeful. She said “I always wanted to become a journalist but my father insists that I should become an engineer.
I hope Samarthya will help me in understanding how I can explore this career option further and help me achieve my dream in life.”
Ragamayee, Convenor of Samarthya, said “The need for a career counselling session was felt for a long time based on the feedback that the members of Samarthya had received from the students about their aspirations for the past one and half years. The enthusiasm shown by the students as well as their parents showed that the students of current generation do not want a career by chance but of their own choice.”
The members of Team Samarthya were happy that they could organise the event. Debanjana, the Joint Convenor, said “When I had just passed out of my school, I always felt that had there been someone who could have guided me according to my abilities and my interests; it would have been so great. We at Samarthya, are just trying to provide that opportunity to the young students of Jamshedpur.”
XLRI faculty member, Professor ISF Irudayaraj, who is the guiding force behind Samarthya, commented: “It is indeed a great initiative on the part of XLRI students to reach out to school youth to help them understand the purpose and meaningfulness of a happy life.
It is a commendable activity which our students have undertaken as a part of ‘Centre for Education, Research and Leadership’ of XLRI. I wish them all the best.”