Workshop Tools

Jiva workshops combine a wide range of tools and techniques.  Each of these tools have been trial tested and standardised specifically for the Indian context.  Given a below is an overview of our methods and tools.  

Flip Charts

Every Jiva activity is supported by Flip Charts.  These are large display charts that carry the key points of the activity.  The Counsellor uses the Flip Chart to conduct the activity.  The charts can be used in individual sessions as well as in classrooms of about 30 to 40 children.  Students also interact with the Flip Charts for some activities. At the end of an activity, students use the Flip Chart to consolidate and record their learnings in their Jiva Workbook.   

Learning Cards

Students tune out when they are given lectures!  Instead Jiva uses Learning Cards to stimulate discussion, peer learning and introspection.  These are large colourful cards that are linked to specific activities.  The cards carry triggers to discuss career development values, learn about multiple potentials, clues to assess careers and interesting career information.  Students use the cards for their discussions in small groups and to fill in their worksheet.

Career Dictionary

Jiva presents the student with a comprehensive career information data bank covering close to 170 careers based on the International Labour Organisation’s International Standard Classification of Occupations.  A brief version of this information is made available in the form of the Jiva Career Dictionary.  These are attractive booklets with abbreviated career definitions that students use for a career overview.

Career Information Cards

Should a student wish to learn about a career in greater detail  the Jiva Career Information Cards could be used.  Each card carries easy to understand information about career paths, potentials required, specialisations, possible within each career, qualifications and eligibility. The cards are presented in a sturdy bag and can be placed in a classroom for easy access.  All schools that avail the Jiva Workshop receive a free Career Information Kit. 

Flash Cards

A number of Jiva concepts are communicated through games.  One of the devices used to play these games are Flashcards which are used to communicate Jiva concepts.  Flashcards carry brief messages and information.  Students use these Flashcards to work with each other and with the Jiva counsellor to understand career information and learn more about the links between education, interest, aptitude and career.   

Tests, Psychometry and Assessments

More often than not, career guidance is equated to aptitude tests.  However tests and assessments are only a part of the entire career guidance process.  Jiva uses a comprehensive and modern method of assessment that blends quantitative and qualitative methods.  All our psychometric instruments are standardised and normed for Indian students.  The tools used by Jiva are compiled into a battery called the Comprehensive Student Information Protocol (CSIP) that collects information pertaining to aptitudes, interests, hobbies, accomplishments, and academic history to come to a holistic understanding of the student’s potentials.  In our individual session format, detailed information is also collected from parents.  

Jiva Workbook

All Jiva activities are supported by Worksheets.  At the end of each activity students are given time to enter their learnings and insights into their worksheets.  These worksheets are compiled into a their personal Jiva Workbook.  In this way students go away with a record of what they have learned in the Jiva workshop.   

Jiva Career Report

Students who go through the Jiva Workshop receive an Individualised Career Report, based on the student’s work during the workshop, academic record, hobbies, accomplishments, data collected by the Jiva counsellor through the Comprehensive Student Information Protocol and information collected from parents (in the individualised format).  The Report is about 10 to 15 pages long, and presents: the student’s potential profile, recommended subject streams, suitable career alternatives and detailed career paths (with institutional information) for each of the suggested alternatives. The report would be relevant for at least the next 5 years of the student’s career development.  The images show a few pages from a typical report for a student who attended a group workshop.