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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 August 12, 2015 by

Finding Your Career Path

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A magnifying glass hovering over several career fields, centering on the words Find Your Career. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

In each country, there is a relatively high unemployment rate among the younger generation. Many complain about their inability to find a job. Or worse, they don’t know what they want to do with their life career-wise. They are ill-prepared for dealing with the real world. Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey made comments about people solving their financial problems by just getting a good job. How can people qualify or pitch themselves to get a well-paid job?

More often than not, we find many of the younger generation going onto benefits programs or drifting along in life with no sense of direction. To overcome this obstacle, parents, teachers and mentors must strive to provide clear advice and direction to the emerging generations so that they can gain clarity on their purpose in life. Essentially, ‘where it is they fit in the world!’ Now often the younger generation has their sights set on becoming rich and famous by becoming a sports or music star. And even though it is a credible career choice, there are only a select few who will qualify to have a professional career in those chosen fields. (more…)

Posted May 22, 2015 by

A Graduate’s Guide to Getting Motivated

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Your personal and career success are going to depend on more than what you learned in college. Having the ability to motivate yourself could be more important than any knowledge you have. Since they don’t teach this in school, here are some key motivational thoughts that might help.

1. You make your life. Consider this sentence with emphasis on each important word:

· You make your life. It’s up to you, no one else.

· You make your life. It doesn’t just happen. You have to act.

· You make your life. It’s your life that’s at stake. (more…)

Posted March 04, 2015 by

Effective Ways to Become a Chief Risk Officer in a Debt Relief Company

Consultation. Consultation and discussion with consultants and customers.

Consultation. Consultation and discussion with consultants and customers. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

When individuals want to get rid of the burdensome debts, they can take help from the debt relief companies. The companies can act as the credit advocates and can work in favor of the debtors by improving their financial status. The main activities of the consultants can be educating the consumers with the possible remedies during the time of their financial crisis. The settlement or the re-negotiating activities can be performed by the companies for decreasing the interest rates, fees and the balance for the debtor. (more…)

Posted February 24, 2015 by

7 Secrets to Helping Your Teen Unlock Their True Academic Potential

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Teenage students studying in classroom with teacher. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

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 March 03, 2014 by

Have Recent Graduate Jobs as Entrepreneurs? Don’t Tell These 10 Untruths

For those of you who have recent graduate jobs as entrepreneurs, be careful not to tell these 10 untruths to yourself found in the following post.

Oh, the lies entrepreneurs tell themselves! Even when all signs point to the contrary, it can be very easy to make up excuses for why your business isn’t succeeding. Here are some of the worst lies that entrepreneurs tell themselves, and the (sometimes) hard truths: 1. The money will come eventually You think that if your

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Posted November 21, 2012 by

Professional Resume Writing for a Job Interview

CollegeRecruiter.comBefore submitting your resume to a potential employer, it is important to tell him or her exactly what you’re looking for in a new position.  If you plan to work with a professional resume writer, think about reading the following post to learn which mistake to avoid when writing your resume.

Primarily, it is important to have in mind that Resume writing services is aimed at promoting oneself in the best way possible. This is usually done for the expense of getting a job interview invite. Generally, a resume is not an official recruit’s manuscript. It is not an application for securing a job, it is not about the experience but it is about an individual.

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Professional Resume Writing for a Job Interview