In a system where one must decide their career as a teenager, in Class X, I was at the crossroads as to which subject to choose and why.
However, I was fortunate to have got timely guidance and support in form of career counselling based on my personality traits, interests and competitiveness. However, a majority of adolescent girls and boys from low resource settings do not have the liberty to understand their interests and aptitudes, to choose a career best suited for them. They have to deal with societal and academic pressures, these adolescents have households dependent on them, without any support from schools. Life is not easy for these students with no ray of hope for the future – that’s when many are forced to drop-out and some even commit suicide.
ETASHA’s ‘Counselling and Guidance in Schools’ program for such adolescents, engages with them as individuals and provides career counselling and guidance that supports them not just for their academic years but also shows a career path for years beyond school. ETASHA also trains the youth with vocational and employability skills and places them in the organised sector with respectable jobs.
I am raising funds for ETASHA to help adolescents like me live a life of purpose with confidence.