Career Counseling: What Is Career Counseling? What Do Career Counselors Do?

What is Career Counseling? Who Can Benefit?

What is Career Counseling?

When considering a crucial decision regarding your professional future, career counseling can provide the groundwork for you to choose the proper plan of action. With many people constantly worrying about their financial and professional prospects, having the guidance of a professional career counselor or "career coach" can help you navigate through these tough choices and help you to stay focus on your particular career goals.

Anyone facing career decisions currently can benefit from meeting with a professional counselor. Whether you are returning to the workforce after an extended time away, recently laid off, or seeking your first job, a career counselor can outline the steps required to place you in your preferred line of employment. Even if you are currently employed, a counselor may provide some useful insight into the next step of your professional journey.

Services Offered by a Career Counselor

Career counseling and career coaching are similar in nature to other types of counseling. In the case of career counseling the counselor has expertise in the area of career exploration, career change, personal career development and other career related issues.

A typical session of career counseling can cover many topics based upon your specific needs. If you find yourself unsure of what line of employment interests you, placement tests can be provided to help narrow careers to those which interest you. In addition, resume construction and critiquing, as well as interview etiquette, may also be included in the session to help polish your first impression with a potential employer. A good career counselor will listen to your questions and concerns regarding a particular educational institutions and employers, and can often provide insight as they will have likely dealt with similar concerns before. This kind of familiarity should prove advantageous when being referred to a specific position by the counselor.

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Finding the Right Counselor

When deciding on which career counselor to choose, making sure the services provided during the session line up with your needs is critical. Many local counselors have websites and informational packets detailing what services they can supply to you.

Finding a the right career coach can be a very personal decision. Similar to finding a therapist you should feel free to "interview" a potential coach about his or her level of expertise in your particular area of need. In addition, ask about their own career success, professional training and how they measure success in their own life. Most counselors will answer your questions during a free initial meeting, whether it's by phone or in-person. Search TherapyTribe directory for the right career counselor in your area.

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