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Common Questions

Is career counseling right for me?


There are many reasons why people seek out career counseling. Sometimes it is to deal with career direction or making a career change. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce, a job layoff, relocation or problems with a supervisor or co-worker. Many seek the advice of career counselor to get insight, support and new strategies for making their career more meaningful or a better fit for their current life’s needs and circumstances. Working with a career counselor can help provide support and insight, for dealing with all the challenges of making a career transition. Career counseling is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by ensuring that their work-life and career support their gifts talents and enhance their life.

Do I really need career counseling?  I can usually handle my problems.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, career counseling is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking career support and guidance. Career counseling provides long-lasting benefits and support, by giving you the tools you need to not only make an initial career change but to stay competitive in an ever changing job market and economy.

How can career counseling help me?

A number of benefits are available by participating in career counseling. Career counselors can provide insight, guidance and support for career issues such as making a career change, finding employment, choosing a college major, workplace issues and many other issues associated with making a career transition.  
 
Some of the benefits from career counseling include:
  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, including your strengths, interests and values and their impact on job satisfaction.
  • Develop a greater understanding of the world of work and expand your career options.
  • Understand college academic and admissions requirements needed for specific occupations.
  • Clarify your career and employment goals and create an action plan for achieving these goals.
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships.
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy.
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress, anxiety, confidence, stress, disappointments and confidence associated with career and employment issues. 
  • Create a strategic, competitive, effective job search.
  • Create strategies to remain competitive in a changing job market.
  • Develop coping strategies to deal with retirement, personality conflicts at work, layoff, underemployment and job market reentry.
What is career counseling like?

Career counseling is personalized to meet each client’s career goals. It is standard for career counselors to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during career counseling sessions. Sessions generally last about 60 minutes and are scheduled at the client’s pace. Since activities, homework and career assessments are generally involved in the process, clients may wish to have more time between sessions to process the information, do research or complete an assignment. Career exploration generally takes about 5-8 sessions to reach a sense of direction and specific issues such as resume critique, and interview preparation can take 1-3 sessions. Depending on the nature and complexity of the career transition, career counseling may require more time to achieve your goals. For career counseling to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking career counseling are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness to allow their careers to be more satisfying and successful.

Is career counseling confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and career counselor. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.

However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken. 

    For more information about career counseling and choosing a career counseling contact the National Career Development Association http://associationdatabase.com/aws/NCDA/pt/sp/consumer_choose 











     
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