NUST Centre for Career Counselling and Advisory (C3A) in collaboration with the British Council held a symposium, namely, ‘British Council Counsellors’ Symposium,’ at NUST Business School (NBS) Seminar Hall on Thursday, November 19, 2015.
Participants from all over the country attended the symposium. Supported by Education UK, in partnership with NUST, Durham University, Study in Scotland and University of London External Programs, the symposium was held as part of a regular series by the British Council, a unique annual event that provides professional development opportunities for career advisers, student counsellors, agents and consultants, and educationists.
The session began with a welcome note from the host institution, after which the chief guest, Director Publishing and Student Affairs Dr Safdar Ali Shah, formally opened the event.
The first session was conducted by Mr Stuart Easter from the University of Edinburgh, who presented Scotland as an education destination to the counsellors. A number of participants asked questions from Mr Easter on a host of aspects ranging from finances to the weather in Scotland, to which he responded in depth.
The second session commenced after tea, during which Mr Saad Wasim from the University of London talked in depth about external education programs, in general, and the University of London External Programs in Pakistan, in particular. Two former students from the University of London External Programs spoke briefly about their experiences answered audience queries.
The last session before lunch was conducted by Ms Sharne Proctor from Durham University on ‘Effective planning and subject selection for higher education in the UK.’
After the lunch break, the event proceeded with Mr Fahd Ali Asif from the University of Dundee speaking on employability issues and life skills cultivated in the contemporary educational landscape.
The final session for the day was conducted by HR consultant Ms Rahila Narejo on the importance of self-discovery for a better career selection. Ms Narejo engaged the audience in multiple awareness exercises, after which the participants shared their views on the exercise and the concept of self-discovery in general.
In the end, the chief guest presented the guest speakers and participants with mementos and certificates, respectively. The symposium ended with refreshments.