Mrs. Mary Quaye, Director of Pre-Tertiary Education of Ghana Education Service (GES), last Friday called for career and guidance counseling programmes in Senior High Schools (SHS) to guide students towards achieving their goals.
She said career and guidance counseling was an affectionate area that needed more teachers and professionals to ensure that students achieved their career ambitions.
Mrs Quaye made the call at a Career Seminar on the theme, “Choosing a Career for the Future,” in Accra.
It was organised by Kareer Education Network (KEN), a Ghanaian NGO, in collaboration with GES, to educate students about the requirements in pursuing a particular career.
The participants were from Osu Presbyterian Senior High School, Salem Senior High School and La Presbyterian Senior High School.
Mrs Quaye said most young people pursued goals and careers that they were not passionate about and ended up failing in their chosen careers.
“The more passionate you are about your career, the more likely that you will ultimately succeed in life,” she said.
She urged NGO’s to help enforce career and guidance counselling in schools to give good direction and leadership skills to students.
Miss Elinam Adadevoh, Representative of Databank, said most people failed to achieve their career aspirations because they were ignorant about the basic requirements for their chosen career, and therefore, pursued careers not suitable for them but because other people were pursuing it.
“Most of us spend time chasing goals and careers we are not well prepared for; follow your passion to bring you the reward that you deserve,” she added.
She called on the youth to identify their strength and personal skills to broaden their perspective of the world to remain competitive in the job market.
Mr Sampson Baena, Vice President of KEN, explained that the seminar was organised to guide students on how to better pursue a career that suited their personality, make-up and passion.
He noted that only few people were able to work effectively to achieve their goals, and tasked the students to aspire for challenging and realistic goals while they became enthusiastic about bringing these goals to fruition.
Mr Baena advised the students to have personal vision and focus on their strength to guide them to work towards achieving their goals.