Perception of high school female students regarding career counseling in Karachi: A qualitative study


  • Tooba Jaffri Cambridge School
  • Salman Ashiq Institute of Business Management, Karachi


This research aimed to examine the pertinence of career counseling for female 12th-grade students in Pakistan employing a qualitative research methodology, specifically through focus group interviews. The investigation sought to elucidate the determinants influencing female students' career choices, the consequential impact of career counseling on their vocational aspirations, and the interconnection between career counseling and the academic performance of female students. Additionally, the study gauged the comprehension of 12th-grade female students in Pakistan concerning career counseling services and the efficacy of the extant career counseling facilities accessible to them. The findings revealed a prevalent lack of future planning among the majority of students, with only a minority having sought guidance from educators. Notably, Pakistani female students encountered discouragement in pursuing their professional objectives, contributing to a discernible gender disparity within the national economy. The selection of academic disciplines appeared to be predominantly influenced by peer choices, with minimal guidance from experienced career counselors. These outcomes underscore the imperative for augmented accessibility to career counseling resources, given that a considerable portion of students remains devoid of such services. This underscores the criticality of addressing this issue, as informed decisions regarding future trajectories can be facilitated through equitable access to comprehensive guidance.





How to Cite

Jaffri , T., & Ashiq, S. (2024). Perception of high school female students regarding career counseling in Karachi: A qualitative study. Hamdard Educus, 2(2), 17–28. Retrieved from