11th Feb 2012, Maryland USA
LIONS Club Greater Imphal in collaboration with North American Manipur Association (NAMA) conducted a Career Counseling Session on 14th January 2012 at COMET School, Changangei. The event was inaugurated with the blessings of Khondram Ibocha, Principal COMET School. The event was targeted at young students and more than 70 students mostly from Class XII attended the session. Lion Th. Joykumar Singh, Region Chairman LIONS Club Greater Imphal, (LIONS Club International District 322D) graced the occasion as the Chairperson and various other LIONS Club members, parents and teachers of COMET School also attended the session. A short background of LIONS was given by Lion Mayanglambam Gojendra Singh. The session was introduced and co-ordinated by Lion Somorendro Huidrom.
The first part of the session was on the topic “Choosing a Career After Class XII and Beyond”. This was presented by Sapam Shyamananda, NAMA member and career counsellor. His presentation covered the following aspects:
· Career phases – Transition Phase – Class XI & XII
· Career Options – Academics & Non-Academics; Options that students are not aware of
· Communication Skills, mentor, positive attitude & using internet for information
The second part of the session was a presentation on “How to prepare for the IAS exam?” by a Manipuri IAS officer. He covered various themes such as:
· Importance of a Role Model
· Learning from failures
· Tips to prepare for the IAS exam
Post this the counsellors interacted with the students in a question answer session and the event concluded with a vote of thanks from Somorjit Sanjenbam, one of the Directors of COMET School. On the whole the session was very well received with a number of students expressing that their awareness levels have increased. A COMET teacher mentioned that it was a unique session he has ever attended. Many students have sent their queries via e-mails and they have been answered by the NAMA team.
NAMA Counsellor also visited the Manipur Institute of Management Studies (MIMS) and few other schools and conducted career counseling sessions. NAMA plans to conduct similar sessions in the future and continue to mentor and groom as many students from Manipur as possible. It is NAMA’s firm belief that young students in Manipur, today, need superior guidance and awareness in order to fulfill their career goals and not get derailed on their journey. NAMA members will dedicate their time and energy in order to keep this initiative successful and sustainable.NAMA team would like to thank LIONS Club, Greater Imphal, for arranging the event at such short notice. Also a big thank you to Romi Meetei, our friend and well wisher who recorded the session through his camera crew, as well as attended the inaugural ceremony. The video recording of the event will be released soon in ISTV Imphal and in the NAMA website.
NAMA Career Counselor can be contacted at career.wahang (at) gmail.com
NAMA Executive Team
North American Manipur Association (NAMA)
PO Box 682
Fulton, MD 20759-0682
e-mail: namagroups (at) gmail.com