Educational and Career counseling in Pakistan

Education and career plays a pivotal role in coarse of ones professional as well as social life. If students’ education comunsurates with his aspirations and abilities, he/she face lesser degree of frustrations and anxieties and exhibit greater degree of performance and achievement.
In most of the developing countries like Pakistan the literacy rate is low and the available educational and career options are limited. The most obvious focus of education is the well paying job so parents forces their children to choose the field they decide for them.

Educational and career counseling is a widely used concept in many of the developed countries, they have counseling facilities to guide students and professionals but unfortunately it is not very well recognized concept in Pakistan, one of the reason is many prevailing factors in Pakistan like political unrest inflation and law and order situation doesn’t allow people to focus of these kinds of issues and also lack of awareness, but still there are few universities who offers counseling to their students, but it should be available as facility for all.

In Pakistan, percentage of school going children is alarmingly very low and this number keeps on decreasing as we move on to the higher classes. Only 26% of students make their way to the higher education. So, 74% of the students drop out due to many reasons. Lack of timely guidance is a major reason in this regard. In addition to this, out of those who pursue their higher learning, a large number of students make wrong choices.
Due to lack of guidance and information, 250, 000+ students are suffering annually
  • 41, 000 students appear in entry test of medical colleges and only 5,000 of them get admission
  • 70,000+ students appear in entry test of engineering institutions and only 7,200 get admission (in PEC accredited programs)
  • 150,000+ students of other groups are confused to choose any discipline

Educational counseling is a new concept in Pakistan that is essential for better allocation of the human resources, thorough education counseling, the student is guided to the institution that suits him best according to his qualification. Pakistani public is becoming increasingly aware of the importance of higher education for their career and future well being. But due to a limited number of universities in the country and fewer seats available in them, and lot many young people fail to achieve their goals with the result that lot of precious talent is wasted every year.

Current Situation in Pakistan

Rapid advancement in technology has created awareness about higher education, but the students find alomost no professional guidance for adpotation of available careers. So the need for career guidance and counseling in Pakistan has grown significantly during last few years especially for schools and colleges students.
Career guidance and counseling services need could only be satiated if schools educate and train their teachers in the use of career guidance and counseling tools and techniques.