The lack of career counselors penalizes students

Students continue to make career decisions without professional guidance. They say they make the decision to enroll in schools based on the advice of parents and society. In order to advise and guide students in their professional journey, it has been a year since, through a legislation, career counselors have become part of the organizational schemes of schools, but their employment is not yet

Student Auron Vrajolli made the decision to enroll in "Eqrem Çabej" high school based on the advice of his parents.

He says he had no professional career guidance during his education. And now the direction he chose two years ago has begun to displease him as he once did, but he says he will continue for the sake of society.

"I liked the language and that's why I decided to come to the language high school, now this has changed, but again I'm not thinking of changing it because of society," he said. "I haven't decided and I don't have any specific preference on where I will continue," the sixteen-year-old added.

In order to advise and guide students in their professional journey, it has been a year since through a legislation career counselors have become part of the organizational schemes of schools. According to legislation, every school must have a careers adviser. In educational institutions with over 500 students, two counselors must be engaged. According to the Ministry of Education, a total of 45 career counselors are employed for 990 educational institutions of lower secondary, higher secondary and professional schools.

The director of "Eqrem Çabej" gymnasium, Shemsedin Beqiri, said that the school does not have any person engaged in this position.

"In the organization of the schools so far, it is known that the school cannot take an individual action to engage someone specifically and do the career orientation literally in the professional aspect in a more detailed way", he said.

He has added that support for career orientation is offered to students by organizations of higher education institutions for the promotion of their programs.

"The school is not interested in helping the students, it offers many opportunities of various programs of the UP and private colleges that have multiple interests, perhaps even to attract customers, but perhaps even more, to to offer numerous opportunities for their career orientation", said Beqiri.

Students at the "Shtjefën Gjeçovi" competence center also have difficulty in career orientation. Amir Shala, who is enrolled in automechanics, has said that he is afraid that his decision will turn out to be ill-considered.

"It's difficult because whatever you choose, your whole life depends on it. The direction I choose, that direction I have to continue my entire career. Anyway, I think to continue in the Faculty of Engineering, in case it doesn't suit me, I also have my degree in auto mechanics", said Shala.

This institution has a special space for career counseling. Some students have said on condition of anonymity that they have never visited this office.

Ymridin Tershnjaku, quality coordinator, has said that this happens due to parents' lack of awareness of children about the importance of professional career orientation.

"Many parents guide the student in the profile that he has no inclination or desire", said Tershnjaku. "For students and parents, when there is a meeting with him, mainly at the parents' meeting, he explains that the student must decide for himself and not us, believe it or not, the parents guide the child in the direction they want, even here when they come to register, we tell you that he has a tendency to be an auto mechanic, they insist on tailoring", he added.

According to the Administrative Instruction for career counselors, persons in this position have the obligation to provide career information to students, teachers and parents. They should also guide groups of students regarding information resources and self-assessment tools. They are tasked with assessing the individual's career-related characteristics using interviews, assessment tools and self-assessment.