Choosing a satisfying career is the key to happiness and success. For many high school students finding the right career is a challenge as the number of choices are one too many. Keeping this very crucial fact in mind, The Navhind Times Career Focus, a career guidance seminar for students of standard XI was held on November 15 and 16 at Dempo House in Panaji.

Higher secondary schools from all over the state were sent invitations to depute students for the seminar and the response was overwhelming! Students and teachers from Vasco, Margao, Navelim, Santacruz, Nuvem, Panaji, Margao and other places participated in the two-day seminar. The careers that were focussed upon were those that students were most curious about and which were emerging trends.

At the outset, coordinator for the seminar, Wilma D’Silva welcomed the participants and made a presentation on how to choose a career. She stressed on the need of choosing a career based on one’s aptitude and interests.

Science students attended on the first day which began at 9.30. The speakers of the day included, professor and head of department of Preventive and Social Medicine, GMC, Jagdish Kakodkar; fellow-TERI, Ashwini Pai Panadiker; Biotechnology and Biochemistry faculty, Chowgule College, Vallanka Dias and Sarah Misquita; faculty- Goa College of Home Science, Larissa Rodrigues, nutrition consultant, Sangeeta Jai; general manger, Hindustan Waste Treatment Plant, Richard Dias; chairman, Indian Institute of Architects, Goa chapter, Manguesh Prabhugaonkar; agriculture professional, Miguel Braganza; assistant agriculture officer, Kashinath Naik and professor, Computer Science, Nina Goveas.

On the second day which was reserved for students of Commerce and Humanities, the resource persons were: principal S S Dempo College of Arts and Commerce, Radhika Nayak; journalist, G R Singbal; entrepreneur, Nilisha Ferrao; curator, Goa Chitra, Victor Hugo Gomes; chartered accountants, Ashish Verlekar and Satyaprakash Kamath; faculty-Social Work, Don Bosco College, Alisha Dias along with student of Social Work, Valencio Rodrigues; teacher- Don Bosco night school, Hazel Fernandes; faculty – Bachelor of Physical Education, Ajinkya Kudtarkar; principal, Goa College of Hospitality and Culinary Education, Cidade de Goa, Zarine Lobo; assistant professor, VM Salgaoncar College of Law, B Patil; founder – Museum of Goa, Subodh Kerkar; and radio jockey, Ayesha Barretto.

Each resource person spoke passionately about their chosen careers, the subjects that were included in the course, the course duration, basic requirements and skills, fee structure, etc, thus giving the participants an insight into what it takes to study and pursue a career in the field. They also spoke about the different branches that the students could explore within the field. Retired assistant registrar – affiliated colleges, Goa University, Albert Fernandes was also present on both days and gave participants names of recognised institutes and colleges for various streams.

For reaching their goals, “hard work, perseverance and focus were the basic requirements,” the speakers informed the students. The seminar was well appreciated by students, teachers and parents alike.


The seminar was very inspiring. I would like to attend more of such seminars to be better informed about the various careers today.

Hemita Velingkar

The workshop was very well organised.

Aryavat Malhotra

The session was good but the session for the Commerce and Arts students should have been separate not together.

Riddhi Moghe

I would recommend that Career Focus be organised in every school so all students can be more aware of the available options. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

Sayed Ali Azad

The speakers were very inspiring but some spoke for a bit too long.

Ravina Kankonkar

It was a very good programme which is going to help me in choosing a career. I also got to meet some important people from different fields.

Ronald Joseph

The workshop has helped in clearing my doubts and making a better decision about my future.

Larissa D’Mello

It was an informative session and I learnt about many different careers that I had never heard about before.

Rianne Fernandes

It was a helpful seminar and I thank Navhind Times for giving me this opportunity.

Rajat Betkekar

I enjoyed the talk by Victor Hugo Gomes, it was interesting and very inspiring.

Siddharth Gawde

I learnt about different careers that I did not know about previously. It was good.

Esha Banavali

I can now make a more informed choice and my confusion has decreased.

Tanvi Parab

It was a good programme which introduced various avenues to the students thus empowering them to make informed choices and also reducing their stress level. I would also like to commend The Navhind Times for this initiative.

Richard Dias, General Manager, Hindustan Waste Treatment Plant

It was very well organised with students of Science and Commerce/Arts separately thus making it easier for students to focus on. Also speakers were good and from different fields thus giving students a clear and broad picture of the avaialabilty of choices in careers. It was a very good seminar by The Navhind Times.

Meeta Bandekar, teacher, Damodar HSS

The speakers were really good.

Leena Shetye

We learnt a lot and discovered so much more that the world has to offer. We also learnt that we need passion and focus in whatever we undertake.

Blossom Rodrigues

I was impressed by the talks of Dr Subodh Kerkar and realise the importance of having passion for the career you choose.

Riya Shetty

Printed handouts could be provided to each participating school which could be put up on the school notice board.

Manjusha Talwadkar, teacher, Carmel HSS