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Career Counselling

What Does A Careers Counsellor Do?
Careers Counselling involves more than just finding work for people. Among other things, Careers Counselling may involve helping people -
  • identify the best job for their skills and interests;
  • find any job to meet their personal and financial needs;
  • find a better or more appropriate job for their situation;
  • achieve job satisfaction through appropriate choices;
  • plan and cope with career changes;
  • better adapt to the workplace;
  • improve their potential for advancement in the workplace;
  • identify new career possibilities when circumstances change.

To be able to assist a client in each or any of these processes, a Careers Counsellor must be aware of -

  • the diverse nature of employment opportunities;
  • the requirements for success in different types of jobs;
  • reasons that people hire and fire employees;
  • workplace conditions including contract law, industrial relations systems, health and safety issues, ethics;
  • useful contacts among employers, government departments, funding bodies, professional associations, industry experts, etc;
  • factors that hinder or promote a person’s job-seeking effectiveness;
  • trends in the local job market.

Assumptions Underlying the Practice of Careers Counselling
Careers counselling has a number of underlying assumptions, which should be considered when supporting clients :–

  • People have the ability and opportunity to make careers choices within their lives. The amount of freedom of choice will depend on their economic, social and cultural context.
  • Individuals are presented with careers choices throughout their lives.
  • Opportunities should be available to people regardless of their disability, sexual orientation, age, cultural background, gender or religion.
  • People will have a wide range of work roles during their lives. These include paid and unpaid work.
  • Careers counsellors support people to explore, pursue and attain their career goals.
  • Individuals will enter particular occupations according to personal preferences, interests, external influences etc.
  • Career decision making happens throughout a person’s life. It is an ongoing process. It doesn’t happen only once.
  • All forms of work are valuable and all contribute to the well-being of society.

Careers counselling has four main elements

  1. Helping individuals gain a greater self-awareness in areas of interests, values, personality style and abilities.
  2. Connecting students to resources so they can become knowledgeable about jobs and occupations.
  3. Engaging students in the decision making process, so they choose a career path well-suited to their individual needs, abilities, values and personality.
  4. Assisting individuals to be active managers of their career path – such as career transitions, balancing life roles, as well as becoming lifelong learners to develop over their career.

Being a Careers Counsellor is extremely rewarding. Employment consultants help change people's vocational prospects everyday of their lives, as well as assist young people to start off on the right pathway toward a career that utilises their unique talents and abilities. Learn how to become a career counsellor and start your own rewarding career today!

If you are interested in careers counselling or occupational psychology, take a look at the following courses from ACS:

Careers Counselling

Certificate In Careers Counselling

Counselling Techniques


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