“Career decision involves both the present and the future, for the very same reason including parent and the child”
Preetha Ajit, currently working as a career planner with iDreamCareer.com. Is a graduate and post graduate in psychology from Kerala University, also has a post graduate degree in counseling and psychotherapy from Kuvempu University. Has a recognized certificate in career guidance. Is pursuing student counseling. Has 6+ years’ of experience in teaching. Transition from teaching to counseling has been very gradual. Started counselling career with a student camp, been a school counselor and also a counselor to a NBFC. Strongly optimistic person believes that the children of today are the future of tomorrow. she turned to Psychology as the subject was of interest to her.
She loves to help student community in order to choose the right career path. She speaks about her career and career counselling in an interview with Vivek Negi.
Vivek: Please brief us about your Educational background.
Preetha: BA and MA in Psychology, MS in counseling and Psychotherapy, Certificate in school counseling and career guidance and I am also a certified psychometric testing professional from CAMI(US).
Vivek: What has your time as a Career Counsellor meant to you personally and why?
Preetha: Career counseling has been a career more of personal/job satisfaction for me. I had my share of ups and downs in establishing myself.
Vivek:How did you get into Career Counselling? What interested you into Career Counselling?
Preetha: I happened to meet a lady to do something on a work from home basis; she suggested me to take up career counseling and told me that as I don’t have experience in career counseling at that point of time a certification would help me. And thanks to her it really worked.
Vivek: Which tools do you use for guiding careers?
Preetha: I generally use the psychometric assessment of iDreamCareer in the process.
Have a question regarding your career ?
Vivek: Why do you think it’s important for students and parents to undergo Career Counselling together?
Preetha: Career decision involves both the present and the future, for the very same reason including parent and the child in the session is very important.
Vivek: What are the top 3-5 skills you should have to become an effective Career Counsellor?
Preetha: Listening skills as for any form of counseling, being non-judgemental, research about the market in the form of reading or surfing the net, to connect with the children/client of any age group, which is very important, and also never kill a dream.
Vivek: What is your advice for newbies, who are looking at building a career in Career Counselling industry?
Preetha: If you wish to enter this field a lot of perseverance is required, it takes time to establish in this industry, keep updating yourself when you have free time, take up internships with career consultancies. Be determined.
Vivek: There are many new career options that have come up over the last decade which was not heard of before, how do you stay updated on the latest trends in Career?
Preetha: I read career magazines, I go through job columns which help me understand the market and the expectations of the industry. Internet helps me a lot, I also go through different career oriented web sites.
Vivek: Which are the Career Information resources (i.e. newsletters/ blogs/ websites/ apps) you visit regularly?
Preetha: Quora, idreamcareer, career360, education and career forum these are the main which helps me. There are other too.
Vivek: Share the names of 3 people you respect when it comes to Career Counselling?
Preetha: Usha Albuquerque, Toolika Krishna, Ali Khwaja, Ayush Bansal.
Vivek: Would you like to share few words/suggestions about the work we are doing at CareerGuide?
Preetha:Career guide is definitely doing a wonderful job, the best part is you have mapped career counselors from different part of the country in different areas of specialization. As it is an on line platform, counselors can contribute in their free time.