Calcutta International School: Leader in Career Guidance

Some of the School's RecognitionsCalcutta International School (CIS) is a reputed international school located in Kolkata. It was established in 1953 by Ms Barth for catering to the education needs of children of the British expat community. However, over the years, the school has transformed into a leading educational institution, known for its academic rigour and extracurricular.  The school is driven by the mission to impart comprehensive, student-centric education which is compatible with international standards. In an effort to further this mission, the school has implemented some world-class techniques in teacher development and student guidance.



Dr. Munmun Nath: Educator Extraordinaire

Dr. Munmun NathDr. Nath has been a progressive educator with almost three decades of experience as an educator. She has been driven by her desire to make CIS as one of the leading IB schools in the country. “I believe that the role of a teacher has been evolving from a subject matter expert to a counsellor and now that of a mentor’s. We at CIS, ensure that our teachers are enabled to guide students from over 17 nationalities with the best career guidance resources.” She has brought in UCLA Extension’s Global Career Catalyst (GCC), as a trusted partner for training its teachers on the latest career counselling techniques and trends.



The GCC Edge


School’s Objective: To bridge academic and career guidance on campus.

Solution: Incorporating the GCC program from UCLA Extension on campus.

The GCC Edge


The GCC program has been able to add value to the already robust career guidance system present on campus. Through this solution, the school has been able to access the latest information pertaining to career counselling in a single place. It has derived merit from its widespread usage by coordinators and subject teachers alike who have taken up this course as an extensive skill development activity and have introduced it in their classrooms through active career discussions.



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Is your school career focused?

Most schools across the country have career counsellors, university visits or even an annual talk by an external counsellor but are these measures enough to guarantee that your school has a career focus? There’s more than meets the eye!

We have taken this opportunity to come up with a simple step which your school can implement to ensure real success in its career guidance program.


Implementation 2.0

As a school representative, you should ask yourself the following 3 questions in order to assess your success in implementing a career guidance program and ensuring its fruitful completion:


  • Is your school implementing some new program or platform on campus?
  • How crucial is its success?
  • How will it impact your students?


If the answer is a YES to even two of the above questions, then you need to ensure that you are following 2 critical steps to ensure your program’s success:

  • Have more teachers involved in the implementation phase
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    Have more teachers involved in the implementation phase: Usually when a career guidance program is implemented, say an alumni guidance program, there is just a single coordinator who handles it. She is responsible for driving the program, coordinating between different teams and teachers, onboarding of students, managing timelines, reporting and analysis, ensuring that the program is a success and that a follow up is conducted. Imagine so much work and just one single coordinator to manage all of it.

One should not forget that the coordinator or the counsellor has a number of other duties to fulfil in addition to program implementation. This could include counselling students, managing other programs directly or indirectly, reporting and so on.


  • Dynamic Subject and Career Connect
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    Dynamic Subject and Career Connect: While a learning program is being implemented, it will not necessarily just have a counselling approach to it. The need to involve subject teachers stems from the fact that a coordinator might just be able to reach out to the students in a one-way manner.


With subject teachers integrated into the mix, the program takes on a dynamic implementation phase. As the subject teachers interact with the child on a day-to-day basis, know of his strengths and weaknesses better, their guidance would supplement the counsellor’s intervention.  


As per Ms. Ann George, Business Head of Global Career Catalyst, UCLA Extension, “Schools’ across the country have counsellors on campus but that does not ensure having a career focussed approach. By enabling teachers and counsellors through specialized certification programs they can actually bring about a real change in students’ lives.”


Here’s what Top School Heads have to say about Global Career Catalyst as a valuable addition to their schools:


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Sangam School: A Path-Breaker

Sangam School's logoThe Sangam School of Excellence was established in 2004 in the rural town of Bhilwara, Rajasthan. In a matter of just 14 years, it has established itself as one of the leading schools of the country. The school which started with 55 students has gone from strength to strength over the years. The school has grown into a residential institution with CBSE and IB affiliation, which welcomes students from different parts of the country.


On a Progressive Mission

The school works on a mission to offer the best practices in education so that students are better enabled for their future. Through this common goal which is resonated by the school management, principal and teachers, innovative techniques like ICT, V-SAT, EBSCO have been incorporated to aid student and teacher learning.

What started out under the able leadership of the founding principal Ms. Mamta Bhargava has been taken forward by her successor Ms. Madhu Nagpal.

The true mark of a progressive leader is a progressive vision. Ms. Madhu Nagpal has been leading Sangam School into the future and has embodied the spirit of an educator who believes in building a novel education system.


Ms. Madhu Nagpal
Ms. Madhu Nagpal

She finds the “one size fits all” approach of the Indian education system as passe and firmly believes that each child:

  • Has his or her own learning style
  • Adapts differently to their immediate environment
  • Has their unique identity which dictates their future paths

Thus, she has been consciously working on implementing newer techniques for student and teacher development over the years.


What’s the Secret for their Success?

The school has enabled its teachers so that they can trigger their students’ interests in taking the right career choices for themselves. By introducing the following initiatives, the school has been able to make a mark for itself as one of the best in the country:

  • UCLA Extension's Global Career Catalyst CertificationBringing in a Structured approach towards career guidance: The school has partnered with UCLA Extension’s Global Career Catalyst (GCC) program for teacher development. Through this program, the teachers are sensitized about the world of career options available for students and how they can trigger their interest in the classroom. By incorporating the GCC program, the teachers have been able to adopt novel methods in the classroom.

For example, Ms. Ankita Sharma, a teacher at Sangam School, has been introducing the corporate connect while discussing subjects. By linking chemistry with ONGC, she was able to trigger students’ interest in domains like Chemical Engineering.


  • Inviting Professionals for Career sessions: The school has been conducting sessions between students and professionals over the years. Students are given an opportunity to interact with CAs, engineers, etc. and get to know about their careers.

The school also plans to invite parents who can give an insight into their careers and interact with students.


  • Anecdotal Register
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    Building on the Student Connect: The school has introduced techniques like the Anecdotal register. Through this method, teachers are able to maintain a record of students year on year so as to better identify a student’s:

    • Behaviour patterns,
    • Unique problems faced, and
    • Progress made.

This helps the teachers write LORs for students after observing them over the years and helps in effectively mapping out personal counselling requirements for students.

Sangam School has been the torch bearer for Indian schools and aims to incorporate innovative techniques for developing teacher and student learning.


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Career Guidance in Classrooms

With new career options springing up every week, and the looming threat of automation and AI, it is becoming increasingly important for schools to up their career guidance game.

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Why should your school have this?

Before we even open this discussion, here are a few facts for your reference:

  • Uncertainty 2.0: As per a PwC study, 38% of jobs in USA are at a high risk of being replaced by Artificial Intelligence.
  • New job roles: 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 have not even been invented yet.
  • Automation and jobs: Over 800 million jobs are being threatened by automation, with over 70% of IT jobs under threat.

When faced with stats like these, concern related to careers is certainly bound to rise. How can we address this as educators?


Bring on the Classroom Discussion!

Classrooms must be leveraged as platforms for discussions around careers. This will ensure that the interests of students are triggered and cultivated for careers.

Here are 3 ways through which you can establish the career connect in your classroom:

  1. Develop career-specific content for all subjects:

By carefully planting career discussions, teachers can build upon a student’s aspirations through active classroom learning. Subject teachers should be encouraged to flesh out their classroom content by adding the practical aspects of the topic.

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For example, the English teacher can highlight job application and business letters as part of the syllabus. The History teacher can bring in the Hogwarts castle from Harry Potter to gain the attention of students and touch upon architecture as a possible career option.


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  1. Bring in a Practical Connect:

Imagine a local market set up in the classroom to explain discounts and markups to students during a Math class! Such real-time subject matter connect would make learning exciting and fun.

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Similarly, a Math teacher can include the concept of Math and Analytics and discuss possible career avenues with students. This will give an opportunity for students to understand the impact of their work. Teachers can also discuss possible internship opportunities with students so that they can learn new skills and get on the right track for career success.


  1. Make career guidance a mainstay:

Teachers can apply career guidance principles as and when they get an opportunity to do so. Through 10-15 minute sessions, a teacher can highlight a particular concept and map it to the required skills, current industry trends and future prospects of the career.

Make career guidance a mainstay
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For example, while teaching Physics in the classroom, the teacher can highlight drones and the technology that goes behind it. This would make the students see a live example of the subject’s implementation. So an ordinary class on the law of motion can turn into a stimulating experience for students. Plus! They will be able to learn better through visual interventions.


Here’s how one teacher benefited through the Global Career Catalyst certification and was able to guide her students better:


By adopting a grade-wise career discussion, teachers can help broaden options for students from grades 6-10 and selectively guide them towards the chosen path in grades 11 and 12.


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The Magical 5 hour Transformation!

Fastrack yourself onto the path of success by following a simple rule: Devote just 5 hours for self-learning during your weekdays. Yes, you heard that right!


The Millionaire’s Charm

Millionaire's Charm

As per a study which was conducted for over 5 years on 200 self-made millionaires, it was found that:

  • Over 86% claimed that they read during their free time, and
  • 63% listened to audiobooks during their morning commute

Famous personalities like Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Jack Ma, Elon Musk and others attribute their success to continuous reading.


The 5 Hour Rule

Coined by Empact founder, Michael Simmons, this concept highlights an important practice undertaken by successful people:

The conscious practice of setting aside 5 hours for deliberate self-learning.


What does it include?

It includes a basic 3-step-process:

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  • Read: This not only expands your knowledge but also gives you a good head start against your peers. As per Jack Ma, readers end up knowing more about other industries and their tactics.


How can you implement this?

Ø  Begin by allocating 20-30 minutes of reading time in a day,

Ø  Listen to audiobooks while exercising or during commute time



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  • Reflect: By developing an active internal feedback mechanism, you can learn from past mistakes as well as successes. This would help you take some time out and assess yourself over a period of time.


How can you implement this?

Ø  Utilize time slots of up to 10 minutes on a daily basis. Choose a relatively less productive time of the day, like a post-lunchtime slot.

Ø  Build a habit of asking yourself questions like “What were my takeaways from that XYZ meeting?”.


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  • Experiment: Whatever you learn, make it a point to implement it in real time. Conducting experiments will put facts to the test and help you comprehend textual matter efficiently.


How can you implement this?

Ø  If you have undertaken a complex training or certification program, begin by breaking them down into smaller modules.

Ø  Then, for each module, identify possible areas where the learnings can be implemented. For example, after attending a teacher training program, you can implement the learnings in your classroom over different phases.


By having this powerful 5-hour rule as part of your daily routine, it can be your ultimate passport to a greater version of you.


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