Friday, October 03, 2014

ASSET- Career Guidance session on "Making Choices and Decisions in Career Path" on Saturday, October 18, 2014

Making Choices and Decisions in Career Path

Dear Head of Institution / Individual Member,

Universal Children’s Day is celebrated in many countries of the world on November 20, the date when the convention on the rights of the Child adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. Commemorating this day, Association for Social Studies Educators and Teachers (ASSET) organizes special event for children every year. This year we are organizing Career Guidance session for students on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Individual careers will always be a delicate matter where people must carefully plan, where they envision themselves, or how they see themselves now and after some years from now. Career planning can be a challenging task as individuals are faced with many choices, changes, and obstacles. Studies show that career guidance and counselling help individuals to acquire the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to identify options and planning a successful career path.

Objectives of the Session:    
By the end of this session participants will be able to:
  • Discover their potential and choose a field that is true with their skills and aptitudes
  • Use a comprehensive framework for developing their career path
  • Explore career interests, values, aptitudes, skills in relation to possible careers
  • Realize the importance of setting goals for their future
  • Make a decision in a direction which will be beneficial for the whole society

Profile of Speakers:

Sadiq Merchant is an entrepreneur and a teacher by profession with more than twenty five years’ experience in teaching, learning and teachers’ training. He is serving in MSB Educational Institute Karachi for last 25 years in various capacities. He is a part of various training programmes at PTAN (Professional Teachers Association Network) based at AKU-IED Karachi. His passion for learning and teaching has enabled him to create the capacity of empowering teachers/students in order to develop and sustain their learning capabilities. He also has an extensive experience in various academic areas, especially in Mathematics and Social Sciences. He did his First Bachelor in Science. Later he did his Bachelors and Masters in education from HAMDARD University. He has presented research papers at various educational conferences across Pakistan. Career guidance is one of his specialties; and he has conducted more than a dozen workshops and seminars on the topic.

Salman Khimani has done his Bachelors in Computer Science and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi. He has been associated with Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) for over 11 years. During these years, he has served as the Head of Careers and Scholarship at Aga Khan Education Service, Pakistan (AKES, P) and as the Programme Lead for Aga Khan Foundation's Civil Society Resource Centre. His areas of expertise include career guidance and advising, project designing and management, monitoring and evaluation, training and development and teacher education. He also has a Certificate in Teacher Education from Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED). He has conducted over 200 workshops for students across Pakistan on Career Guidance and Life Skills. He is currently the Head of Community Programmes at AKES, Pakistan.

Who should/can participate?
  • The session is open to all students and teachers of Pakistan.
  • Each school will be required to send students from Secondary and Higher Secondary (VIII to X.)
  • Each group of students must be accompanied by a teacher from the school.

Date and Venue
The session will be held at Aga Khan University, Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED) on Saturday October 18, 2014.
  • Participants will be required to arrive latest by 8:30 a.m. for registration and related formalities
  • The session will start on time at 9:00 a.m. and end at around 1:00 p.m.

Last date of registration
  • Schools are requested to send in the duly completed registration form (attached) latest by Wednesday, October 15, 2014.
  • The registration form must be completed in all respects and the names of the students nominated by the schools must be clearly spelled and presented in CAPITAL letters.
  • The forms must be submitted along with the Registration Fee at PTAN Office, IED.

Registration Fee
  • Three student and one teacher from a School/Institute:        Rs. 600/-
  • Additional teacher or student:                                                Rs. 200/- per head

A token of Rs. 600/- (Six hundred only) is payable as registration fee and must be attached to the registration form either in cash or in the form of pay order in the name of The Aga Khan University.