The service will be available for students from May 27 using an id and password which will be shared with students through schools. “It will empower our students to explore various career options, even those that they may otherwise not be exposed to. It will also serve as an important tool to the state counsellors to support students in making an informed choice about their future. This is especially important for empowering our young girls,” said Varsha Gaikwad, school education minister, who launched the portal, www.mahacareerportal.com through a webinar on Friday.
The portal has been developed by UNICEF in partnership with iDream Career, an organization based out of New Delhi. It has been adapted to the Maharashtra’s context in collaboration with the Maharashtra State Council for Educational Research and Training (MSCERT) and is available in Marathi, Hindi and English.
It features over 500 careers, which are regularly updated and also include non-traditional career areas such as agriculture and food sciences, hospitality & tourism, virology, animation and graphics and sports and fitness. It is organized to allow a learner to look up a 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, given the current restriction on movement, on the structure and content of the career guidance for students.