UNICEF, along with 13 state governments and the private sector has customized career portals in regional languages. Thus reaching 21 million adolescents helping them access education and work-related resources and opportunities. The career portals also available on mobile apps offer information on careers, college directories, courses from several countries, scholarships, and competitive entrance exams.
Speaking at the launch of the portal, Terry Durnnian, Chief of Education, UNICEF India, said, “The pandemic has heightened concerns among millions of young people about their future livelihoods and skills needed to thrive in the 21st century. UNICEF has supported career guidance portals across several states to empower adolescents and young people to make informed educational and occupational choices that support their social, financial and emotional well-being. UNICEF is pleased to partner with the Central Board of Secondary Education with technical partnership of iDreamCareer to develop the CBSE Career Guidance portal to facilitate students in India to have access to information on career pathways, irrespective of their school affiliation.”
The CBSE dedicated online portal on career guidance and counseling coincides with the declaration of class X and XII results for this year and includes information on various careers, courses, scholarships, and examinations for students from grades 9 to 12. The CBSE Career Guidance and Counselling portal:
- Is gender-inclusive
- Informs on career options for special ability students
- Uses a gamified approach to engage students
- Provides personalized and unique career journey through Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
- Is mobile, tablet, and laptop-compatible The portal is linked to the CBSE main portal.
All CBSE School students will be able to sign up on the portal with their details and access a personalized career dashboard that will also be accessible to teachers and administrators.
The portal is linked to the CBSE main portal. All CBSE School students will be able to sign up on the portal with their details and access a personalized career dashboard that will also be accessible to teachers and administrators.
- The portal with the entire career curriculum will be offered to students at no cost.
- Currently each student through an individual career dashboard will be able to access
- 560+ careers (English, Hindi & 8 other languages)
- 25,000 colleges and vocational institutes spanning over 3 lakh courses o 1200 scholarships
- 1150 Entrance Exams
Career Counsellor/Teacher Dashboard: 2 teachers/counselors per school will be trained on the portal through a digital training session and given a personal counselor dashboard to access the entire career curriculum and use it to guide the students for their career queries. This will build their knowledge base on career guidance. Additional 90 hours self-paced online training course will be offered to teachers/counselors in their dashboard itself where they can do the entire course and get certified as a career counselor (post clearing the online assessments for various modules). This course at present is being developed with UNICEF support in the next few months.
As the learners in schools come from diverse cultural, linguistic, social, economic backgrounds, equal access to all is essential. CBSE will help create an enabling school environment to ensure an all-inclusive, strong institutional support system for concurrent motivation and capacity building of all students and teachers.
The recently set up Career guidance & Counselling Information Centre (CGCIC) in CBSE will lend a hand to ensure a Career Counselling cell in every school, create awareness of the career portal to promote the usage among students, and also chalk out different offline strategies of providing uninterrupted guidance facilities to students.
Source: Press Note
Date: August 04, 2021
Rama Sharma Head (Media & PR)