Importance of Career Counselling
Importance of Career Counselling
Career Counselling is a process that focuses on helping one understand one’s own self so that one can take an informed decision about career and education. It 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 about which career to choose. The career counseling process is based on a relationship of trust between the career counselor and student. Sometimes, the counselor may talk about their emotional and developmental issues, which can be a little stressful for the student. However, the student, as well as the parents, need to have an enormous amount of faith on the counselor where the student can truly express his/her preference for a particular career.
The Right Career Counsellor- A veritable career counsellor is the essence of right guidance, which is why he/she is the most important element of any career counselling process and is also a problem solver, a keen listener and observer, and has enough knowledge of various fields to guide you in your career decisions. Career counsellors must be experts in psychology, they should hold at least a post-graduate degree in Psychology/Applied Psychology, and/or a diploma in Counselling Psychology. Psychology plays a vital role in this domain, as without understanding a person psychologically; it is next to impossible to understand his/her choices and the reasons that follow. Career counsellors are aware of the jobs avenues in the market and the skill sets that are required for specific fields. There are rewarding fields in the market such as bartending, ethical hacking, astrophysics, etc. that are still untapped, and many people are not even aware of. Thus, by making use of their experience and knowledge, a career counsellor helps you explore and discover various career opportunities for career choice and growth. Many times students end up taking courses to add stars to their resume but apart from one or two appreciations, those degrees become useless in most of the cases. One should always invest time in engaging in the right platform rather than making poor choices under pressure of family and friends. We mostly come across people who hardly enjoy their jobs and end up quitting their jobs leading to higher attrition rates. The right time for students to seek Career Counselling is between the ages 13-17 years. This is a time when life takes a transition, both physical and emotional, such as transitioning from school to college. It is also a time when vital career decisions are made expecting someone to guide them in the right direction.
Even if you are clear about your career path and plan on not taking a counselor’s advice, I would urge you to think again! The kind of experience and network a career counselor has will only enable you to take the best decisions. From creating multiple career options and plans to connect with industry experts, a career counselor also empowers you with all the resources you need to get started in a career. Now that you have understood how important career counseling is, it is time to solve the career dilemmas you have faced.