ISLAMABAD - British Council’s Education UK programme held a two-day counsellors’ symposium at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology with participants coming from all across Pakistan.

The first day of the event included insightful discussions from esteemed speakers who addressed a wide array of topics. The speakers emphasised the importance of harvesting technology in education and the urgent need to address educational challenges in Pakistan, says a press release issued here on Wednesday. The lively discussion also focused on issues faced by career counsellors, by providing a multi-faceted analysis of the problems.  The aim was to share best practises and understand problems.

Speaking during the inauguration of the symposium, Dr. Haroon Rashid, Director External Campuses COMSATS accentuated the need for career counseling and appreciated the British Council for its efforts towards inculcating such healthy practices at all educational levels.

The symposium set a renewed and fresh platform for the professional development of career counsellors. The conducive atmosphere of the symposium provided a great opportunity for the participants to exchange ideas and discuss issues faced by them. It also opened up new avenues for learning and understanding. The career symposium proved instrumental in facilitating career counsellor’s to explore their field in light of ever changing developments in education.

The participants interacted with other members of their profession to gain a more comprehensive view of the situation of education in Pakistan.

The second day of the event commenced with an extensive panel discussion on the importance of specialist vocational training in the job market by a number of renowned specialists. Specialist and expert speakers led the parallel sessions during the symposium.

The rather instructive and motivational symposium concluded on a light note with a laughter therapy session which despite providing many a hearty laughs and chuckles did not undercut the significance of the stimulating debate that preceded it, followed by a scrumptious ‘Chaye Panni with Alumni’ gathering for all the participants bringing the symposium to its well deserved successful end. Speaking at the event, Nadia Kamran, Head of Education UK said, “Creating learning opportunities is at the heart of everything we do. The British Council recognises the importance of career guidance which is why we are constantly making an effort to take initiatives that will help increase and strengthen the capacity of education and career counsellors.   We understand that a positive and proactive future for Pakistan is by helping Pakistani students make more informed and better educational and career choices, the symposium is just a step in that direction”.

“The British Council Career Counsellor’s symposium has been an excellent opportunity for the participants to widen their understanding and knowledge on issues of counselling, job opportunities and job markets in the current environment,” Said Dr Azra Meadows, University of Glasgow. “The symposium has given me an excellent insight into career counselling in Pakistan. The similarity with the west is enabling our students to achieve their career potential in a changing occupational work,” Said Tom Davie from the University of Durham.

“Expert panel discussions and diverse parallel sessions at the symposium proved very benefiting in building a connect between academic qualifications of students and the much required employability skills.

The opportunities provided by the British Council through program Education UK for capacity building of career counsellor’s in Pakistan is unparalleled,” said Mrs Raima Sikandar from Ace International Academy. 

The rather instructive and motivational symposium was concluded on a lighter note with a laughter therapy session which despite providing many a hearty laughs and chuckles did not undercut the significance of the stimulating debate that preceded it, followed by a scrumptious heart warming ‘chaye pani’ gathering for all the participants by bringing the symposium to its well deserved successful fruition.