Pune: In partnership with the Maharashtra State Council Education Research Training (MSCERT) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), School Education and Sports Department, Government of Maharashtra launched the Maharashtra Career Portal on May 22 via a webinar. It was launched by the Minister of School Education, Varsha Gaikwad and was attended by over 5000 officials from the education department, including district and sub-district career counsellors.
UNICEF India has always initiated a number of programmes to address the needs of growing children that are transitioning to adulthood. One such initiative is the Career Portal that enables adolescents to choose a career path matching with their aspirations, interests, and inclination and also to have the information on the colleges/ vocational centres and also scholarships required to pursue their choice.
The portal provides vital information for students studying in classes 9-12 that can help then asses possible careers, colleges, vocational institutions, entrance exams and even scholarships.
Having recognised the need for such a resource that can help improve the transition from school to higher education and even workforce, the portal is said to enable and benefit more than 66lakh students.
UNICEF has developed the portal in partnership with iDreamCareer, it has been adapted to Maharashtra’s context in collaboration with the Maharashtra State Council for Educational Research and Training (MSCERT) and is available in Marathi and English.
It will allow the user to look up any career domain and understand the eligibility, educational requirements, colleges in different countries and states that offer the required courses, scholarships and fellowships, different entry-points to the field and various growth options in that career domain.
As a part of the initiative, the teachers will be capacitated virtually on the structure and content of the career guidance for students. Students will also receive an orientation to create their own unique profiles and navigate the portal to discover the different career domains, through career workshops.
The State Minister of School Education pointed out that the portal will empower students to explore various career options, even those that they may otherwise not be exposed to. The portal will also serve as an important tool to the state counsellors to support students in making an informed choice about their future which is especially important for empowering young girls.
Talking about the portal, Rajeshwari Chandrasekar, Chief of UNICEF Maharashtra said, “What makes this portal different is that students will, in one place, have access to not only career choices but also have access to the colleges that offer courses to pursue a career, the scholarships available to support them in preparing to apply for such courses and also the scope of the chosen careers. During a time of such pandemics, when there is always a fear that older students may drop out of the education system, this portal will help students to ensure that they continue with their education.”
The Career Portal will soon be made available at www.mahacareerportal.com; the teacher and student orientations will soon be initiated under Dinkar Patil, director MSCERT. The logins for all students to use the website are said to be created by May 27.