Third Career Counseling at Hazrat-e-Bilal High School, Ghousabad Quetta

The International Center for Refugee and Migration Studies (ICRMS) held its third career counseling session at Hazrat-e-Bilal High Refugees’ School in Ghousabad on May 14, 2024. The session was facilitated by two experts in psychological, personality, and career counseling, Ms. Anqa Gharshin and Mr. Ali Zaidi, who provided guidance to Afghan refugee students in grades 9 to 12.

Mr. Ali Zaidi’s session was notable for its use of Dari, the native language of many Afghan refugees, which helped to engage the students. The session introduced John Holland’s RIASEC personality types, and students took tests to identify their interests. Kazim, the Reporting Assistant ICRMS, provided detailed explanations of available scholarships, which generated significant interest among the students. The session concluded with a Q&A, and the students were excited about their upcoming exposure visit to BUITEMS University.

Ms. Anqa Gharshin, a psychology lecturer at BUITEMS and a counseling psychologist, conducted a session specifically for high school refugee girls. She began with a story titled “Who’s Responsible for My Dreams,” emphasizing personal responsibility in achieving one’s goals. Following this, students took the Holland Occupational Theory test, and Ms. Gharshin helped them interpret their results, explaining the relevant occupational themes based on their personalities. She also introduced online platforms for skill development and shared information about future scholarship opportunities.

To boost the students’ confidence and self-awareness, Ms. Gharshin led an activity called “I am Best At,” where the girls identified five personal strengths. This activity aimed to enhance their self-esteem and acknowledge their abilities. The session was attended by Mr. Sami Hashmi, Programme Associate UNHCR. Mr. Sami Hashmi observed the overall session.

The career counseling session at Hazrat-e-Bilal High School successfully engaged 23 female and 45 male students. The students learned about higher education opportunities in Balochistan, actively participated in exploring their personalities and interests, and gained valuable insights into potential career paths. The session’s impact was significant, providing refugee students with the tools and knowledge to pursue a better future in either their host or home country.

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