Career Counselling focuses on career exploration, career changes, career development, and additional career related issues. As career counselling addresses such as broad range of topics it is thought to be useful for a variety of clients such as adolescents/young adults seeking first time career options, experienced professionals who are contemplating a change in career, parents who want to return to work after raising children, or individuals seeking employment. Career counselors can also support individuals facing career-related challenges. The ultimate goal is to help the client better understand themselves and the world of work so that they can make the best possible career or educational decisions. This process often involves taking some type of psychometric testing and then working through the results with the career counsellor to understand how they might apply to the job search process.
Overall, the job of a career counsellor is to look at the person’s qualifications, experience, abilities, values, personality, strengths/weakness in addition to considering their desired salary, hobbies/interests, location, the current job market, and education. Career counselors help to support individuals in achieving a better understanding of what they personally value, how they can better plan out their career path, or they can offer help in making decisions and getting through times of personal crisis. An additional role of a career counselor is to help support their client to work through conflicts with their employers.
In general career counsellors:
- Help the clients to figure out who they are and what they want out of their education, career, and life
- Are someone to talk to about thoughts, ideas, feelings, and concerns about career and educational choices.
- Help clients identify the factors influencing career development.
- Help assess interests, abilities, and values.
- Help locate resources and sources of career information.
- Help determine next steps and develop a plan to achieve goals
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