Career counselling is sought when an individual needs confidential guidance and help about areas of study and possible career movements or changes. If an individual experiences a personal issue about their future and wants to discuss or discover opportunities about their career plans, they can do so with a counsellor. Counsellors are experienced, qualified professionals who understand the difficulties of career choices and can offer appropriate advice to each individual.
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What does career counselling involve?
Career counselling involves meeting with an appropriate counsellor who will ask a variety of questions about your life plans and career intentions. They will also discuss factors that are likely to influence your decisions or that could affect your goals. Answers to the questions will hopefully assist you in realising your career objectives. The sessions also involve setting personal goals and learning skills to allow positive career choices to be made.
A counsellor will ensure you are setting realistic targets for yourself and help you choose a career to suit your expectations and not others. If you experience pressure to enter a career that doesn't appeal to you, you will probably be less motivated in the job role. They will also make sure you have as much information possible about the path you are considering and ensure it suits your personality.
How career counselling can help
- Personal plans of action can be generated.
- Interests, skills and abilities can be recognised.
- Educated decisions about future direction can be made.
- Job search planning.
- A portfolio of abilities can be created.
- Graduate employment and availability can be explored.
- University requirements can be investigated.
Career counselling can offer sessions on an individual basis, where a personal analysis of your choices are discussed, or as a group where you can support each other and share interests and abilities. Counselling is available at most colleges and Universities around the UK or there are a number of private professionals if you would prefer to deal with your issues away from your college or University.
What should I be looking for in a counsellor or psychotherapist?
There are no official rules or regulations stipulating what level of training a career counsellor needs. There are however several accredited courses, qualifications and workshops available to counsellors to improve their knowledge of a particular area, so for peace of mind you may wish to check to see if they have had further training in career counselling.
Another way to assure they have undergone this type of specialist training is to check if they belong to a relevant professional organisation representing career counsellors.
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