CAREER COUNSELLING – WHAT IT IS & HOW IT WORKS

CAREER COUNSELLING – WHAT IT IS & HOW IT WORKS

What is Career Counselling Why it is required?

What is Career Counselling?

This might sound surprising to many, but your career development journey commenced right when you crossed the threshold of your kindergarten school and embarked on a journey of learning, education and contribution. Several aspects of your life impact your career development, such as your likes and dislikes, capabilities, personal values, character and traits, personality, family background, and the choices you make along the way Career Counselling is the process of expert consultation and mentoring to discover and channelise your potential better and make educational and professional decisions that derive the best from your journey.

Often, people confuse Career development with decisions like which stream to choose and what job to get. In reality, it is an ongoing process that starts at the foundation – i.e. you. It is worthwhile to note that Career Counselling is quite a broad term. At the basic level, ‘counselling’ refers to the “process of helping a person by providing guidance, moral support, and exploring solutions for the problems being faced”. Career counselling can be visualized as an expert or a professional guiding an aspiring individual in making well-informed choices. Technically speaking, this professional is well-versed in human behaviour, personality and psychometric analysis, and is skilled in channelizing career goals. Your relationship with your Counsellor is based on faith and trust – i.e. he or she is a person you can fall back on in times of uncertainty.

Thus, simply put, Career Counselling is the process of enabling a person to understand his self-worth, areas of interest, potential, skills and capabilities and personal qualities, so that he can make the optimum decisions about his career.

Why Do You Need Career Counselling?

  1. Choose the Right Career Path
  2. Focused Resources and Information
  3. Gain Confidence and Insight
  4. Say Goodbye to Career Frustration
  5. Learn from A Role-Model
  6. Brings Stability and Inner Balance

What is the Best Time for You to Seek Career Counselling?

The best time for you to seek Career Counselling is from 8th standard to 12th standard. This is a time some of the earliest career decisions are made and you need someone to guide you with expert advice and professional opinion in the right direction.

A key benefits of Career counselling

  1. Helps to identify the career options they have and how to choose and pursue the right one.
  2. Discover your unique strengths and weaknesses and accordingly identify the career they would be best suited for.
  3. Enables you to voice your opinion your interests, concerns, passions and any obstacles you can foresee.
  4. Facilitates stress-free transition to a new career.
  5. Gives confidence and courage to make tough decisions, by hand holding support from an expert counsellor and mentor.

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What Are the Elements of Career Counselling?

  1. Expert Counsellor
  2. Right Environment
  3. Trust and Understanding
  4. Psychometric & Skill Assessments

1. Expert Counsellor

The first element is a Career Counsellor – i.e. an expert in education, career management, education and learning, domain knowledge, job market, industry hiring trends, and human psychology. A good Career Counsellor listens to you and observes your career path with dedication and commitment and demonstrates the necessary knowledge in various aspects to smoothen your journey with smart career decisions.

2. Right Environment

The second element is establishing a safe and empowering environment, where you – the student – can feel comfortable and secure and are able to discuss your life and career without hesitating. Ensuring confidentiality of the information shared by the student, allowing the student to voice his opinions and discussing all possible options with the student in full detail are the hall marks of a safe and secure counselling environment

3. Trust and Understanding

Mutual trust, confidence and deep understanding are the cornerstones of a good counselling process. These pillars emanate from the counsellor’s ability to make the student feel at home and ask questions which are relevant in a polite and non-confrontational manner.

4. Psychometric & Skill Assessments

To evaluate a student’s acumen, aptitude, interests and personality, Psychometric Testing (Career Assessment) is conducted in a scientific and standardized manner by a qualified counsellor. The purpose of these assessments is to help the counsellor identify the career choices that would be most beneficial to the student. It also helps the student to grasp the rationale behind the choices suggested by the counsellor and understand himself better. To know more about how career assessments work, click here.

What to Expect from a Career Counsellor?

  • Guide you in discovering who you are and your interests and goals in education, your career, and your life.
  • Provide a platform to open-up about your thoughts, ideas, feelings, and concerns with respect to your career and education.
  • Help you organise and derive meaning from your thoughts and feelings about your career and education.
    Understand and highlight the aspects having a bearing over your career development, and help you analyse the trends in your interests, skills abilities, and values.
  • Assimilate resources and actionable career-related information.
  • Work together with you in determining the next steps and prepare a plan to help you attain your goals.

Your career counsellor won’t

Dictate to you what to do, what stream you should choose or what career you should pursue. He/she will only provide a professional opinion based on years of experience and thorough analysis. You will ultimately make your own decisions.

Do You Need Career Counselling?

You may not know this – but Career Counselling can be a stepping stone for success anyone, including school students, college aspirants, graduate freshers, and even employed / unemployed professionals. The sooner you embark on the journey of seeking professional advice for your career, the better! Ideally, starting your career counselling journey with us from 9th or 10th standard is the best time, but you can approach us any other time as well to bring your career back on track.

We are one of the best career counsellors in Gujarat, and based on our experience, here are some examples of why students turn to Career Counselling:

General dilemma regarding stream & subject selection

• “I am clueless about I want to do with my life.”
• “I don’t know what stream or subject to choose for 12th / under-graduate studies.”
• “I’ve a few career options in my mind, but I’m unable to choose between them.”
• “I know what stream I want to choose, but I have no idea what to do after graduation.”
• “I know what I want to do, but I’m not sure what the best stream would be to pursue my dreams.
• “I want to know what kinds of jobs I can get in my stream / subject.”
• “I don’t feel like I know enough about all the different careers out there to know what I want to do.”

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• “I am interested in many subjects, and I keep moving to new streams because I’m not sure which one is the best for me!”
• “None of the streams seem interesting to me.”
• “I have significant work experience but I want to shift to a new career path that will utilize the skills I already possess.”
• “I was determined to enrol in a certain course, but I didn’t get in. What should I do now?”
• “I always thought I wanted to be a _______, but after choosing that subject, I am not liking it!”
• “I really like the subject I am studying, but it’s not what I want to do as a career.”
• “I know what I want to do, but I’m concerned that I won’t be able to earn adequate money by doing it.”
• “My family wants me to be a _______, but I’m confused if that’s what I want.”
• “I’ve always wanted to be a _______, but I’m thinking it may because that’s all I know.”
• “I want to build my career in a sector where there will always be a lot of jobs.”
• “I want to find a well-paying career so that I can bring significant financial support for my family.”
• “I can’t find a job, so I’m thinking about going for a post-graduate degree”

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Before hire Career Counselling keep in mind

  1. Career counselling is not a general advice about careers – it is customised to your unique capabilities, interests and needs.
  2. It is not a quick–fix. It takes time, patience and cooperation.
  3. Career counsellors are not directly affiliated to any institute or organisation.
  4. It is not a trial-and-error process. Career counselling is highly scientific and research-based.

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