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Students also flock counselling centres for career advice.

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With the board exams in its final leg, students are now turning their attention to career options and colleges of their choice. 

But this year, they will not need to run from pillar to post for information, as three youngsters have come up with an online portal which is a one-stop guide for all colleges and courses in the city.

“Pass out-the college encyclopaedia” allows First Year Junior College (FYJC) aspirants to access information about colleges, courses, cut offs, and  even career advice at only a click of a button. 

Utsav Agarwal, one of the founders, who is closely connected to the college circuit and lectures at top colleges, said, “The step from school to college is a big one. It is a problem made more complex because of a variety of streams to choose from and new colleges sprouting everywhere. Students just jump into colleges and streams uninformed, with no course set for the future.”

One of the most useful features of the website is the ‘Find a College’ option, where students can find out which colleges they are likely to get admission into based on their score.  Visitors can also review the courses available across city colleges. Besides the state board, the website has information on international boards like IB and A levels which are in demand.  It also gives reviews of over 600 colleges in the city, including faculty, canteen, fees, and festivals, among other things.

Samiksha Bhadve, an FYJC aspirant, said, “I am completely confused about which course to take up in college. Instead of running all over town collecting brochures, I found this portal helped me located colleges that would be right for me.”

Shortcuts to success?
Meanwhile, other class 10 and 12 students are already crowding career counselling centres in the city. In a new trend, many are showing interest in unconventional career options, but counsellors feel they are just looking for shortcuts to success.
 Subjects such as wildlife photography, media, neurology and cardiology are among the popular choices among students this year. Many also seem to want to know how to make a career in politics. 

Suchitra Surve, director, Growth Centre, a career counselling centre, said, “It is interesting to know that many youngsters these days want to pursue a career in non-traditional professions. But it shocks me when a student wants to get into the research field in a specific science-related topic but is unwilling to go through the entire process, from BSc to MSc and then research. While students are showing interest in specialised career options, they are asking for shortcuts to directly study the specialisation. More students also want to know about short-term courses that will earn them money as soon as possible.”
 
For instance, a career counsellor pointed out that students are shying away from medical professions because by the time they get their degrees, their engineering friends already start earning in lakhs. Shah also mentioned an increase in the number of students who want to study home science.

Malini Shah, another professional career counsellor, said, “After their board exams are over, class 12 students will have a lot of time to prepare for several entrance tests. These students want to know about different options and are thus approaching us.”   

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