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Choosing a Career

Nov 4, 2011, 12:50 PM

The decision to choose what one wants to be in future is one of the most challenging things for most school going boys and girls.

In line with the above, the Forum for African Women Educationists (FAWEGAM) The Gambia chapter on 2nd November 2011 organised a career day fair for girls.

Careers Day is a day in school where students learn about different careers and vocations.

We see this kind of forums as very essential in helping our students in choosing a career in future.

In fact, the poor performance of many of our students in school, especially in mathematics, the sciences and technical subjects could be attributed to them choosing the wrong field of studies.

We, therefore, encourage schools to be initiating career fair days for their students.

Students must know what to study in order for them to become what they aspire to be.

Parents also have a role to play in helping students in choosing a career, by helping them to do the right thing to achieve what they want.

Students should always consider having role models, and take advantage of them and their organizations so as to guide them in making career choices.

It is obvious that career development can also play an important part in raising the aspirations of people who need extra help and support to access and manage opportunities that might otherwise be denied to them.

The need for career development is said to be in great demand, since the development of an individual’s career provides a foundation for that person’s feeling of self-worth. 

Career development is recognized as a public good, since when one works in a particular field and performs well it is in the interest of the public.

Students should start planning for their career in high school, and not to wait until after graduation.