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Posted March 05, 2016 by

What is career counseling

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Veranda Hillard-Charleston, guest writer

Do people believe their current career trajectories feel like a hopeless game of grasping at straws? Maybe they’ve been thinking, “I don’t know what I want to do with my life” or “I don’t know what jobs I can get with my major/degree.” Having a long list of “I don’t knows” in the career department certainly doesn’t lead to increased life satisfaction. Luckily, there’s a solution: career counseling.

What is career counseling?

Career counseling is a goal-oriented process targeted at helping people gain better insight about themselves and what they want out of their careers, education, and lives.

According to Boise State University, the counseling element is one-step in a lifelong process of career development. Therefore, the object of career counseling is not to guide people in making better career decisions today. Instead, the focus of this process is to equip people with the self-knowledge and expertise needed to improve their careers and life decisions over their lifespan.

A career counselor is generally a master’s level professional with a background in career development theory, counseling methods, assessments, and employment information and resources. A professional will hold a confidential session with people to identify their unique values, interests, skills, career-related strengths and weaknesses, and personal goals in order to determine which resources they require and which course of action is most appropriate in helping them achieve these goals.

A career counselor can even help people separate their own career-related goals from those of others, such as parents, teachers, and friends who may be pressuring them to choose a specific career path.

Do I need career counseling?

Whether they’re freshmen in college or five years post-graduate, college students and recent graduates can benefit from the services of a career counselor. Since career development is a lifelong process – and people’s interests and skills are steadily changing – the earlier they gain insight about themselves and learn how to make career-related decisions, the better. If job seekers’ current dialogue is filled with “I don’t knows,” career counseling is a smart choice for them.

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Maximizing from the counseling experience

So college students and recent graduates made the choice to get career counseling and scheduled an appointment. Their part is done, right? Wrong. A common misconception about career counseling is people show up, and an expert tells them exactly what career choices are best for them. In truth, career counseling is not a one-sided, quick solution to academic or career dilemmas. Consider the following:

• Job seekers are not simply there to receive. The counseling experience requires participation. An honest examination of job seekers is vital for the career counselor to guide them in the right direction. Together, they might uncover their career interests, but they must take action to continue down the right path.

• People must narrow down their goals. Coming in with a broad desire to “Figure out what they want in life” just won’t cut it. A clear-cut objective is necessary so each session has structure and both parties can tell when their work together is complete.

• Job seekers have to continue the career development process beyond counseling. A good career counselor can help them define their interests and values, identify goals, and provide resources and strategies for reaching these goals. Still, the important work is done by job seekers. They have to actually use these resources to pinpoint internships or job opportunities appealing to them and constantly consider how different opportunities match their interests, values, and skills.

Career counseling offers people a safe and confidential place to explore their career passions and identify areas in which they are experiencing difficulty. It is a collaborative relationship – the client and the counselor work together to discover the client’s true career goals and work to overcome any obstacles. However, the client must be devoted to career development and willing to do the work to truly benefit from the experience.

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Veranda Hillard-Charleston is Chief Contributor for MastersinPsychologyGuide.com. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Veranda has more than five years of experience as a trained mental health professional.

Posted July 07, 2015 by

4 Amazing Ways to Relax Your Mind During Tough Academic Times

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During tough academic times, when stress levels are high, it is important for students to use different tips and techniques that can help them relax their minds and give a break.

Giving your mind a good break to relax and feel refreshed during all the academic stress is absolutely crucial. Self-care that can induce mind relaxation techniques is absolutely crucial to your progress in the academic sector. If students continue to stress themselves without giving decent breaks in between, their minds can be exhausted and this can impact their overall performance during the term. Demonization, procrastination and frustration are all symptoms of a tired mind which needs a really good break. (more…)

Posted April 17, 2015 by

Advantages of Greek Life in Your Post-Grad Career

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More than nine million college students wear Greek letters as members of Greek chapters today. Whether they join to build their resumes or make friends, Greek life can change the students’ lives after graduation for the better. Greek life has become a key point of success for students after they leave campus. Studies show that Greek students have a 10% higher success rate than the non-Greek students. So why exactly do students involved in Greek life feel more prepared to enter the real world upon graduation? (more…)

Posted February 24, 2015 by

7 Secrets to Helping Your Teen Unlock Their True Academic Potential

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When students stand on the threshold of their futures, education is the most important key to their direction. High school studies and all the hard work involved in reaching the ultimate goal of graduation, takes careful planning and learning to identify your teen’s true academic potential. In the final analysis, it’s the student who takes full account of their potential. There are seven secrets to unlocking one’s true academic potential. These include:

. Assess academic strengths and weaknesses
. Stay the course of your academic direction
. Continually review, refresh and update your academic direction
. Compare course of study to career aspirations
. Set reasonable goals
. Study the job market trends
. Plan ahead to avert obstacles (more…)

Posted February 13, 2015 by

The technological trends in the classrooms of today

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Technology is one of the most fascinating realities of our lives, it is no surprise that technology is now playing a significant role in the classrooms of today.

Growth and Penetration of Technology

Technology is by far the most fascinating thing on our breathing planet, there is nothing that comes even close to this phenomenon that has the capacity to surprise everyone over the course of the night. Technological penetration is the reality of our lives, believe it or not we just cannot survive anymore without depending on machines, laptops, phones and all other kinds of technological advancements in our journey of life. Similarly the penetration of technology has also increased in the educational sector of the academic industry. It has helped to get schools, colleges and universities enter the modern era of teaching and operating. (more…)

Posted December 29, 2014 by

Personal Statements & Resumes: How They Work Together

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Ryan Hickey, Managing Editor of Peterson’s & EssayEdge

One of the most common mistakes that grad school applicants make is viewing their personal statement essay as an extended version of their resume. Besides being redundant, this misstep means that students are losing out on a critical opportunity to set themselves apart from other applicants.

Personal statements and resumes are meant to work together as part of a student’s overall application. A well-written, thoughtful personal statement and a detailed, organized resume will complement each other, working in tandem to paint a flattering portrait of the applicant. (more…)

Posted September 10, 2014 by

Seeking Entry Level Jobs in Business? 5 Things MBA Programs are Doing to Prepare You

For prospective MBA students who want to land entry level jobs one day, there are five things MBA programs are doing to prepare you for the future.  Find out what they are in the following post.

B-schools that want to stay relevant need to adapt to a quickly evolving field. If they don’t stay on top of those changes, they’ll leave alumni with outdated toolkits, huge debts and little to show for their time and tuition dollars. What does this mean for you, the prospective student? It matters because you’ll

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Posted July 10, 2014 by

Make Online Learning Easier with These Tools

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John Reiley

When you are working through online classes- whether for school or for business training- you will need the right tools to help you get through it and get the most out of it. If you are looking for some very useful and user friendly tools and apps for online learning, then you need to consider these tools. Many are free to use or have minimal fees and cost, making them perfect for any student or online learner. Check them out to see what they can do for you and your group! (more…)

Posted June 27, 2014 by

Want Recruiters to Accept Your MBA Recommendation Letters? 5 Tips to Remember

When trying to get people to write letters of recommendation for business school, remember these five tips to impress recruiters in the following post.

Business, it is often said, is all about relationships. Success often hinges more on whom, rather than what, you know. That’s one reason it’s important to secure superior recommendation letters when applying to graduate business school programs. If you can show MBA admissions committees that you’ve done a great and strategic job networking with impressive people who are willing to

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Posted May 14, 2014 by

Why Aren’t Some Job Seekers Not Landing Jobs for Recent College Graduates? 5 Possible Reasons

For job seekers who are having a difficult time finding jobs for recent college graduates, the following post shares five possible reasons why.

“I’ve been sending out my resume for months and not hearing anything back.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a recent grad call with that exact same statement. It’s practically epidemic – and certainly a symptom of bigger issues. At last count, nearly 4 out of 10 new grads under the age

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