Importance of Career Counselling

Importance of Career Counselling

Importance of Career Counselling

PUBLISH DATE 30th March 2020

Counseling is a rather broad term. It refers to the process of helping a person by providing guidance, moral support, and exploring solutions for the problems being faced. The relationship between a Counsellor and a Counselee is based on a good rapport and trust. This is important while counseling, because it helps to attain the end goal, i.e., helping the counselee reach the solutions to his problems.

Career Counselling is a process that focuses on helping one understand one’s self, as well as work trends, to make an informed decision about their career and education. Whether you are in the process of choosing a career, or in the midst of a career change, having a professional by your side always helps. Career counseling helps in getting the right guidance to help set your long-term goals professionally and achieve them through scientifically developed aptitude tests and personality tests.

Usually, the perfect time for students to seek Career Counselling is during the ages of 13-17 years (8th standard to 12th standard). This is a time of many changes taking place in their life, both physical and emotional, such as transitioning from school to college, and trying to “fit in” with peers. It is also a time when career decisions are made. This is why they need someone to guide them in the right direction at this time.

Most of our parents are actively involved in shaping our careers. Sometimes, it works and plenty of times, it doesn’t. We can attribute this to the fact that every child is unique, and it is extremely hard for parents or teachers to always recognize the child’s strengths or weaknesses, and his passion or dislikes. This is one more reason why career counseling is required.

For students in college, who are still confused about what they want to do, as well as for professionals who want to transition from their field to something they love, all of us require career guidance at some point in our life. It helps us get insights about ourselves, our career and what we can do to improve it.

Career Counselling helps us understand the career options that we have, and how to pursue them. It makes us aware of our strengths and weaknesses and lets us know what career would be best suited for us along with discussing the obstacles that we may face along the way. It makes the transition from one field to a different one, a non-stressful event, and helps give the desired confidence to change domains, with the support of an experienced mentor.

A few ways by which career counseling helps us:

Helps Pick the Right Career

Career Counsellors are experts at assessing your aptitude, personality, interests, and other aspects of you. They use this evaluation to suggest the best-suited career options from all the available and relevant options.

Helps Provide Expert Resources

Career Counselling provides access to the resources and knowledge that a career expert possesses. This knowledge of Careers, their scope and the paths to pursue them are most important for a parent and child, since most of the time, parents or guardians do not have that kind of knowledge.

Helps Gain Confidence and Insight

Career Counselling helps a counselee understand the hurdles in his/her career path. This knowledge helps to develop the confidence to overcome these hurdles. It is the duty of an honest counselor to provide such insight and confidence to the counselee.

Helps Change Unwanted Behaviour Patterns

Students and professionals have habits that are hard to break, such as procrastinating, not being updated on the latest developments in their chosen career paths, neglecting emotional and mental health, not trying to self-motivate, etc. A Career Counsellor helps break such behavioral patterns that lead to unproductive activities, both at home and in school/college/work.

Helps Remove Career-Related Frustration

Choosing a career may be a demanding task for both parents and youngsters. A lack of any source of venting out emotions and thoughts may add to the existing frustration. Career Counselling provides a platform where such frustrations may be reduced, and focus is re-directed to selecting the best career options.

Provides A Role-Model

Career Counselling helps students connect with experts who have enough life experiences to share. They are role models who have accomplished much, and helped people in their life. This is why Career Counselling can serve as an inspiration to those who require it.

Helps Bring Stability in Thought

Career Counsellors can help you remain calm when it involves taking a career decision. Counseling helps induce focus, and maintain that focus throughout our activities. Through proper scheduling and planning, they try and make your life more organized.

It is always better to seek professional guidance rather than blindly follow what everyone else is doing. The main aim of career counseling is to help students and professionals choose a field that is in tune with their skills and their job expectations. Thus, with professional help, most candidates end up choosing the right career and perform their level best, which ultimately helps them succeed.


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