The B.D. Somani University Guidance team assists students and parents (online/offline) with Career Guidance through various activities, including:
Dr Rick is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and has worked at international schools in Norway and Belgium. A trained psychologist, Dr Rick has the ideal background for college/careers guidance work. He also served as a College House Dean at Penn, where he worked on the ‘other side’ of the admissions process. He now provides his years of expertise to our students and parents as they decide about university education.
Ms. Manju Sharma is an Educational Psychologist, Career counsellor and Family therapist. She has a Master’s in Applied Psychology specialising in Educational & Vocational Guidance and a Diploma in Guidance and Counselling from The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi. She is a certified Career Guidance Counsellor from the University of California Los Angeles – Extension and a Green belt in Career Guidance from Univariety, India.
Ms. Manju has 30 years of experience working with reputed schools all over India, including Delhi Public School, Mussoorie International School and The Doon School, Dehradun. She is a member of ‘Fair Committee’ of ‘International Association of College Admission Counselling’ (IACAC), USA, the biggest overseas college counselling organisation. She is also trained by the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI), New Delhi for Learning Disabilities.
Ms. Manju is approachable and assists students in their holistic development. As a strong advocate of inclusion and diversity, she believes in the inclusion of various groups. Her students are well placed in universities, and many have become leaders of the professional world. She keeps herself connected with people around the world and updates her knowledge and skills. Ms Sharma has visited many universities and discussed the admission process in detail with the senior management teams of universities. She has also taught and been an examiner for psychology to various curricula viz CBSE, ISC, Cambridge and IBDP.
Ms. Meenakshi is a graduate from IHM, PUSA University, and a certified Career Guidance Counsellor from the University of California Los Angeles-Extension and a Green belt in Career Guidance from Univariety. She is a Diploma holder in Global Career Counselling from Global Career Academy of IE University, Madrid, Spain. She has worked with international schools as a Guidance counsellor since 2014.
Before entering the field of education, Ms Meenakshi worked in the aviation industry for a decade, enabling her to bring internationalism and diversity to her approach when handling students from different cultural backgrounds and geographical locations. Her role as the guidance counsellor includes empowering students to help make the most crucial decision of their lives by providing each of them an opportunity to acquire the right academic choices and civic and social skills. She is an advocate for students, enabling them to be college-ready and take on life’s challenges outside the school boundaries with utmost confidence and grit.
Ms. Meenakshi never fears to dream; it is this quality that allows her to empathise with the dreams and aspirations of young minds. She is a happy person, a good listener, a compassionate human being, and a true professional. She shares a beautiful bond of trust and dependability with her students.
Our university guidance counsellors are well supported by the most efficient team member, Ms. Aarva, who helps coordinate meetings with students and parents and in-person and virtual events. She ensures the overall upkeep of the guidance office by assisting with the entire gamut of administrative and logistical work regarding college applications.