Building a good career is a goal nurtured by majority individuals. Career is an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with proper opportunities for progress. The careers of today are witnessing a dynamic change. Both students and budding professionals are facing regular challenges to decide which skill sets would make them an asset in the job market. This is where a trained and certified career-counsellor can make the table turn. Career counselling is a type of advice-giving and support, provided by career counsellors to their clients to help the clients manage their journey through life, learning and work changes. This includes career exploration, making career choices, managing career changes, lifelong career development and dealing with other career-related issues. The career counselling process begins with an establishment of trust between the counsellor and the counselee.
BENEFITS OF CAREER COUNSELLING :
Career counselling is a process that focuses on helping one understand one’s ownself as well as work trends, so that one can take an informed decision about career and education. Career counselling helps manage a diverse range of problems such as low concentration levels to poor time management, trust issues with family to non-agreement between parents and children on which career to choose. A good career counsellor is a problem-solver, a keen listener and observer and has sufficient knowledge of various fields to guide one in career decisions. Thus some major benefits of career counselling include –
• Helps pick the right career – Career counsellors have expertise at assessing your aptitude, personality, interests and other aspects of you. They use this understanding to suggest the best career choices from all the available and relevant options.
• Helps provide expert resources – Career counselling provides access to the resources and knowledge that a career expert possesses. This knowledge of career options, their scope and the paths to pursue them are very important from a decision-making point of view, as parents or guardians often do not possess that kind of knowledge.
• Helps gain confidence and insight – Career counselling helps a counselee understand the hurdles in his/her career paths. This knowledge helps to develop the confidence to overcome these hurdles.
• Helps change unwanted behaviour patterns – Students and professionals often have habits that are harmful and hard to break like procrastinating, not trying to self-motivate, not keeping updated on latest developments in their chosen career paths, etc. A career-counsellor helps break such behavioural patterns that lead to unproductive activities.
• Helps remove career-related frustration – Choosing the correct career path can often be a demanding task and a lack of venting out emotions and thoughts may add to the existing frustration. Career counselling provides a platform where such frustrations can be reduced and focus can be redirected.
• Provides a role model – Career counselling helps students/budding professionals connect to experts who have enough life experiences to share. They are role models who have accomplished much and helped people in their life. Thus career counselling can provide one with a role model.
DUTIES PERFORMED BY CAREER COUNSELLORS :
Career counsellors perform a wide range of duties, some of which are
• Use achievement and aptitude tests to help clients get a better idea of what they are good at.
• Counsel those who are considering a career change
• Advise students about what courses and educational programs they need for particular careers.
• Help students locate sources of financial support to pay for schools and other training programs
• Teach and practice job skills such as interviewing, resume writing, etc.
• Aid clients in the job search process by teaching them where to look for open positions and connecting them with job search resources.