Career Guide: Here Is A Support For Secondary School Students

Career Guide: Here Is A Support For Secondary School Students

One of life’s biggest challenges is the choice of a career. For a young student (school leaver) or one in the penultimate year in secondary school, the time to start thinking of the career path to follow and actualize your life dreams and vision is now. Time they say waits for no one, so the earlier you plan for the choice of your career is now.

What is a Career?

The English dictionary says it is can be seen to be ones calling in life. A persons occupation, ones profession.

A career is a persons preoccupation that has been mastered through learning and experience.

What is Guidance?

Guidance: it is the act of giving help and advice or word of assistanceto someone about how to do something or about how to deal with challenges that concerns hiswork, education, or personal relationship.

Counseling: it is the act of providing academic, career, assistance from, a professional point of view, to resolve difficulties.

From the above, it can be seen that the place of career guidance and counseling in guiding the young student in choosing a path that will ensure his/her establishment and stability in life cannot be overemphasized.

If the young student is not well guided, the consequences will not spell well for the future of that student, the family, the society and in turn the nation at large.


As much as it is necessary to know what career path to follow in life, it is very necessary for you to know the various fields of interest are available that you can choose from.

There is a broad range of career path available, but for this particular post we will group them into three basic segments, viz:

Arts: courses such as Law, Journalism, Mass communication, English, Literature in English, History, theater arts, music, international relations and history, Language studies, Linguistics, Policy and Strategic planning


Social Science: Sociology, Psychology, Geography, Environmental science, Political science, Anthropology, Philosophy etc

Business (Commercial): Economics, Banking< Banking and Finance, Taxation, Accountancy, Business Administration, Public Administration, Project management, Operation management, Management, Logistics and supply chain, etc

Science: Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Anatomy, Dentistry, Optometry, Physiotherapy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Microbiology, All Applied Sciences, Medical Lab science, Food science and Technology, All Engineering, Information technology, Health science, Ecology, Biological Sciences, Agricultural studies etc

Apart from the above listed; there are certain fields of endeavor you can also choose to become a professional at without having to go through a formal university education system.

Some of these fields are becoming a chartered accountant, becoming an IT certified professional, becoming a Pilot and other careers that you just needs some training in a vocational school to master them.

The list of these courses is endless.

To know which area is your area of giftedness, there are basic questions you must answer?

  • What do you have great passion towards?
  • What do you enjoy doing with great joy
  • In which subjects at school do you feel bored and which ones do you like with every zest within you?

Understand yourself:

The focal point here is YOU. You must do well to understand truly who you are and what interests you, what and what drives your passion.

The reason you must settle the matter of self discovery is so that you will not get stuck in a career path that would make you live a life of misery. Spend quality time practicing self-awareness.

This will help you discover what your passion is and then you seek the necessary information that will help make this passion profitable for you in the future.

Find out the pacesetters in the career path that interests you

If you have interest in banking, find out the banking executive that spurs you and read through his biography.

If your interest is medicine, read about stories of great doctors like Ben Carson or other great doctors in your country.

If your interest is Law, read about great lawyers like Senior advocates you can think of like late Gani Fawehinmi (Senior Advocate), Professor Yemi Osinbajo and others in that category.

Figure out what skills you need to acquire to cement your success in that field.

Knowing the subject combination needed for your choice of caree

If you don’t choose the right subject combination, you will end up building a wrong foundation. But if you choose the correct subject combination, you will be building a right foundation for your future career.

You will find out that majorly the first year in university and part of your second year will be most of the things you will do in secondary school.

Never forget it starts with you first! You need to discover what interests you the most, this will form the foundation upon which you will start to build a carer.

Once you achieve this, the next thing is you need to get every necessary information you need to gather about that particular field of interest, do some serious research to know more about that field and read about those that have really made impact in that field.

What motivated those people and what did they do differently that made them to stand out, and how can you build up same in your own life so as to make meaningful impact in your time as well.