Special Offer Distance Learning Course - Train as a Careers Counsellor.
- Study in your own home with support from our highly experienced tutors.
- Whilst you learn more about careers
counselling, the principles and theories behind careers counselling and
how this can be used in a practical way.
- This course is a great addition to your CV and will improve your job and career prospects.
- Course Duration: 100 hours of self paced study.
COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT
The course comprises 10 lessons, as follows:
Lesson 1. Introduction: Scope & Nature of the Industry
- Definitions: career, careers counselling, counselling
- Broad employment options
- Services offered in the employment industry
- Assumptions about career counselling practices
- Cross cultural careers counselling
Lesson 2. Nature of Careers: What is a career, what makes it successful?
- Elements of career building and job seeking
- Factors contributing to career success
- Realistic expectations
- Range of options
- Case study
Lesson 3. Careers Advice Resources
- Brochures, Publications, Web Sites
- Employer considerations: qualifications, experience, personality, age, adaptability, productivity, etc.
- Case study
Lesson 4. Career Services
- Where can people get help (Social Services, Work Experience, Education)
- Career counselling services
- Careers and vocational guidance
- Vocational planning
- Setting goals
- Job seeking support
- Job seeking strategies
- Other services
Lesson 5. Developing Counselling Skills
- Key areas for career counselling
- Helping clients focus on reality
- Helping clients identify opportunities
- Helping clients consider all elements
- Overcoming resistance from clients
- Listening skills
- Questioning skills
- Problem solving skills
- Essential reality checks
- Improving clients predictive ability
Lesson 6. Conducting a Counselling Session
- Why people come to a career counsellor
- Strategies to develop trust
- A career counselling session
- Individuals who know the job they want
- Psychometric testing for individuals still choosing a career
- Types of psychological tests that may be used
- Referring people elsewhere
Lesson 7. Counselling Students and School Leavers (with little work experience)
- Understanding youth
- Career counselling for adolescents
- Assisting indecisive teenagers
- Career counselling for students
- Giving advice on study
- Choosing a course
- Workshops for students
- Workshops for university students
- Resources for counselling students
Lesson 8. Counselling Adults (inexperienced or facing career change)
- Identifying adult needs
- The training program
- Advice and support during job hunting
- Course of action
- Career changing
- Easiest paths to career change
- Challenging path to career change
- Starting a business
- Case study
- Writing a business plan
Lesson 9. Job Prospecting
- Ways of finding work
- Supporting clients decisions
- Prospecting for work
- Tips on getting a job
- Writing resumes (CV's)
- Preparing for a job interview
Lesson 10. Nurturing and growing a career once it has started
- Getting a job is only the first step in a career
- Self management for business people
- Marketing and pricing
- Case study
- Advising clients about career advancement
Each lesson culminates in an assignment
which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and
returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if
necessary, extra reading.
- Identification of people and organisations which offer career advice or support and the services they offer.
- Improved ability to distinguish successful from unsuccessful careers, and to prepare for anticipated changes in the workplace.
- Skills that will enhance your ability to guide others in the establishment or development of a career.
- Ability to plan and execute an effective Counselling Session.
- Understanding and strategies for dealing with the needs of inexperienced young people.
- Identifying and meeting the needs of inexperienced adults or those facing career change.
- Understanding of how and where to find employment in the job market.
- Appreciation of the need to nurture and grow a career and plan for change.
WHAT YOU WILL DO IN THIS COURSE
- Undertake research into the scope and nature of employment services and service providers in your region or locality.
- Research a career area to identify the kind of work involved, requirements, who offers it, trends etc.
- Role play a counselling session to practise and evaluate your skills in helping a client with an issue.
- Conduct research to improve your understanding of what careers counselling entails.
- Plan a careers counselling session, including the session goal, time frame, and anticipated issues.
- Discuss career concerns with young people who are leaving or have recently left secondary school.
- Discuss with adults their experiences of career change.
- Plan strategies to assist young and adult clients deal with common and important identified issues.
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