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Paving the Path to Success: A Snapshot of Career and College Counseling in India

According to a survey by NACAC and IC3 (International Career and College Counseling) Institute, 88 percent of Indian high school counselors believe their administration understands the importance of a dedicated career and college counseling program, and 70 percent agree that their school culture is supportive of counseling. However, many counselors reported barriers to implementing successful counseling programs, including lack of funding, lack of a dedicated counseling function in the school, and difficulty finding qualified professionals to fill counseling positions.

Other key findings include:

  • 80 percent of survey respondents employ at least one dedicated counselor. These counselors have responsibilities including helping students explore careers, assisting with course selection, and educating families about college and career counselors for students.
  • Schools located in tier 3 cities are less likely to provide career and counseling services than schools in Tier 1 and, to a lesser extent, Tier 2 cities.
  • Common college counseling activities and services include hosting visits from colleges/universities (80 percent), providing advice and education about standardized testing (79 percent), and providing assistance with college applications (74 percent).
  • Common career counseling activities and services include career aptitude and/or interest assessments (74 percent), career days or career fairs (70 percent), and career development activities in the classroom (67 percent).
  • Counselors who reported deficits in their school’s counseling program cited specific issues, including: counseling is not taken seriously, a need for a counseling curriculum, and a need for more formal training for counselors.

Click here to download the full report.

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