“Career Counselling is a process of one to one discussion, involving learning of the capabilities of the person, assessment and refining for the future.”
– Varghese George
Varghese George (Verghese) is Managing Partner & Principal Consultant at Trinity Associates. He is passionate about mentoring aspiring professionals and experienced working professionals in their career, with specific reference to their profile, resume, career path and opportunities. He speaks about his career and career counselling in an interview with Amarjeet.
Amarjeet Sharma (AS): Please brief us about your Educational background.
Varghese: MBA, Madras University (1999); EPGDHRM, LIBA (2006); B.A Economics, Loyola College, (1993); PGDSD, Brilliants Computer Centre, Chennai (1994).
AS: What has your time as a Career Counsellor meant to you personally and why?
Varghese: It is been both a gratifying and a learning process for me, to guide aspiring professionals in finding their career options and directing them to the path, they could excel in.
AS: How did you get into Career Counselling? What interested you into Career Counselling?
Varghese: I started as a career counsellor for a training institute in 1994 and the experience of counselling people in doubt and giving them the right inputs for their betterment was a strong motivating factor. Career Counselling lead to Placement Preparation Programmers and now being an Employability Catalyst for over 300 + professionals in the many years of informal counselling.
AS: Which tools do you use for guiding careers?
Varghese: Purely based on experience and learning gained over the 19 years. Career Counselling is a process of one to one discussion, involving learning of the capabilities of the person, assessment and refining for the future.
AS: Why do you think it’s important for students and parents to undergo Career Counselling together?
Varghese: It is crucial, as this will enable both the parents and their children to take an informed decision, rather than go based on peer pressure or “join the club” approach towards their academics or career.
AS: What are the top 3-5 skills you should have to become an effective Career Counsellor?
Varghese: Listening, Market Intel, Broad Perspective of Life, Empathy, Integrity.
AS: What is your advice for newbies, who are looking at building a career in Career Counselling industry?
Varghese: Understand their individual potential, work on their areas of improvement, like what you are going to do as a career and build it to being passionate about it.
AS: 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?
Varghese: Networking with Professionals, the Internet, Interface with Academia.
AS: Which are the Career Information resources (i.e. newsletters/ blogs/ websites/ apps) you visit regularly?
Varghese: Newsletters, Blogs, Websites, Career Magazines.
AS: Would you like to share few words/suggestions about the work we are doing at CareerGuide?
Varghese: CareerGuide is a great initiative.
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