With fresh streams, new options and the many different upcoming career prospects; selecting a single career stream is a genuinely difficult choice to make. The existing ignorance about careers, pressure from others and societal opinions makes this decision a further stressful and confusing one. Some students are successfully able to make this choice by themselves, but there are many others who end up choosing unsuitable options that cause distress and seriously hamper their well being in the future. The safest way to avoid this is by seeking ‘Career Counseling’ or ‘Career Guidance’.
Career Guidance and Counseling is a process that will help you to know and understand yourself and the world of work in order to make career, educational, and life decisions. It is comprehensive program that assists individuals in making, implementing as well as developing educational and occupational choices for happiness, growth, comfort and satisfaction. Your Career Counselor should be a trained psychologist who will help you to find that one career which best suits you by assisting you to set healthy and achievable goals and plan your career step by step.
Since career is a dynamic and a lifelong process, the goal of Career Counseling is to not only help you make the decisions you need to make now, but to also give you the knowledge and skills you need to make future career and life decisions. Depending your needs, this process may involve –
Psychological Testing i.e. Assessment of interest, personality, aptitude etc through paper-pencil or computerized tests to discover the career options that will enjoy, be successful at and be comfortable doing. This is a scientific way of finding out what suits you best.
Counseling i.e. a process that will help you figure out who you are and what you want out of your education, your career, and your life; identify the factors influencing your career development; and, address your career concerns.
Guidance i.e.providing information, knowledge and assistance aimed at locating resources and sources of career information; developing realistic career expectations; generating awareness about specific career realities as scope, market trends, paths, opportunities as well as the limitations the career poses; and finally, setting goals and devising plan to achieve them.
Career Counseling can be appropriate and useful for anyone whether a high school student or a middle aged employee, if they wish to choose the right career, are confused about their career, or wish to make a career change.
Your career will take up a large part of your life and the best chance to make it fulfilling is by making the right choices at the right times.