Feb 27, 2009, 5:06 AM
Ding Yiriwa Federation, a local partner to ChildFund over the weekend trained
about 40 youth on career guidance and counseling in Banjulding, Kombo North
The daylong career preparation and counseling is aimed at preparing young people, particularly high school graduates, to be able to choose lifetime careers as livelihood professions for the future.
Director of National Training Authority (NTA), Edrissa ML. Colley highlighted the significance of the training, saying it will assist in guiding the youth towards making the right decision in recognizing and positively selecting their lifetime careers.
He urged the participants to strive to fully understand the ultimate possible requirements of any livelihood profession before taking a final decision as a life career, adding that most of the youth failed in realizing their suitable careers due to limited or unavailable career counseling opportunities.
“What you first have to ask or understand before choosing a career is the available requirements for a particular profession or skills before taking any decision in venturing into it,” he said.
Sulayman A Njie, a specialist in school counseling and a high school principal said choosing a career has gone beyond only acquiring a job, adding that in selecting a life time career as an individual, certain considerations such as individual personality, academic achievement, family background and the possible achievements one might be able to achieve after choosing a profession should all be observed.
He said most people will end up vacating their careers and take up another different occupation that is not even part of their initial requirement as a profession, mainly because they are influenced by the available job opportunities or by their peers to choose a particular career that does not suit them.
He told participants that specializing in a specific profession can serve as a needed necessity that can fully assist a person to achieve his or her lifetime dreams of becoming a specialist in a particular profession.