The counselor’s aim is to help you to understand yourself and the world of work in order to make career, educational, and life decisions. Career counseling is more than just deciding on a degree and what job you want to get when you graduate. It is a lifelong process, meaning that throughout your life you will change, situations will change, and you will continually have to make career and life decisions. The goal of Career Counseling is to not only help you make the decisions you need to make now, but to give you the knowledge and skills you need to make future career and life decisions.
The counselor will help you figure out who you are and what you want out of your education, your career, and your life. The career counselor is someone for you to talk to about your thoughts, ideas, feelings, and concerns about your career and educational choices He/she will help you sort out, organize, and make sense of your thoughts and feelings as well as help you identify the relationships and circumstances that are influencing your career development, and help you assess your abilities and goals.
You can use the counseling session to help you locate resources and sources of career information.
However, the career counselor will not tell you what to do, which job to take, or which degree to pay for. The counselor’s intention is to make you aware of your strengths, weaknesses and give suggestions of what opportunities are open for you according to your abilities and interests.
Since career development is a lifelong process, Career Counseling can be appropriate for anyone, including Students, School-leavers, even professionals. The earlier you get started making intentional decisions about your future, the better prepared you will be!
Below are some examples of concerns that bring students to Career Counseling:
- I have no idea what to do with my life.
- My parents want me to go to medical school, but I see myself as a lawyer. I need to choose my A/L subjects next week. I don’t know what to do.
- I have two or three career options, but I am having a hard time deciding which one to go for.
- I am quite an introvert, so I worry about the upcoming promotion opportunity. If I don’t apply, I will be stuck in my position forever. But if I do apply, I am expected to lead a team of people. I am not sure I want that.
- I hate sales, but they seem to be the only jobs available for a school-leaver.