Clouds of forced career haunting youngsters

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Dear Editor,
Through the columns of your esteemed daily newspaper, I would like to express my deep concern regarding the evil of forced careers in our country, which is very common and have so many pros and cons related with it. In India many teenagers are not permitted to explore their interest and talents. Instead, parents chose specific career path for their children and instruct them to follow the same which is not a good practice. There is also an absence of proper career counseling at educational institutions due to which students remain away from proper guidance and support regarding selecting their future careers.
Further, majority students do not receive guidance or support during their early stage of education due to which they are left with no other option than to pursue the career paths chosen by their parents and ignore their own likes and specialties.
In recent years, due to mounting pressure from parents, teachers and examinations, even some students were pushed to commit suicide after failing to achieve desired results. Most students are unable to perform well in the examinations or professions because they do not have adequate knowledge of these careers. India is second most populous country in the world where there is an abundance of man-power but scarcity of adequate career choices. Consequently, most people end up in less satisfactory careers because only those who meet all requirements make it in their chosen professions.
Forced careers, as an outcome of parental pressure or socio-economic conditions, reduce the overall productivity level and economic output of country. It also contributes in increase in number of young professionals seeking education and employment overseas to improve their prospects. In the long term, it can result in a massive brain drain from country. Last but not the least, there is an urgent need to resolve the issue as early as possible by starting adequate career counseling platforms in educational institutions across the nation.
Mool Raj, Doda.