Your career is an integral part of your life. Choosing a career should be done with caution and proper analysis. Do not ever choose your career simply through your own understanding. Modern life has brought so many changes in the traditionally known career paths that you need to be totally aware of details of the career you are seeking. It is best to seek professional Career Counselling.
Career Counselling helps you understand your own self. It helps knowing the work trends, so that you can take an informed decision about career and education. Career Counselling is a scientific process and involves making calculated moves, based on hard facts and methodical research.
Always seek advice from a Qualified Career Counsellor. Career Counsellors are experts in psychology i.e. they hold at least a post-graduate degree in Psychology/Applied Psychology, and/or a diploma in Counselling Psychology. Career Counsellors must be experts in the domain of career paths they are counselling for.
The best age to seek Career Counselling is during the ages 13-17 years (8th standard to 12th standard). This is a time when career decisions are made and you need someone to guide you in the right direction at this time.
The first step of Career Counselling is Psychometric Assessment which is a scientific and standardized process to evaluate a person’s aptitude and personality. Through this assessment, the Career Counsellor obtains information about a student’s behavior, emotional strength, interests, and skills. This information helps to facilitate on what kind of careers would be suitable for him/her. After analysing this, the Counsellor has a verbal discussion with the student to understand him/her more. Using information based on both the above, the Career Counsellor chalks out a career path for the counselee.
Benefits of Career Counselling.
- It gives a platform where frustrations related to emotions and thoughts on career can be reduced substantially.
- Narrows down the focus of career options.
- Helps understand your own strengths and weaknesses with regards to a profession.
- Helps understand obstacles that you may face on chosen career path.
- Makes the transition from one field to another a non-stressful event.
- Gives you the required confidence to change your career domain, with the support of an experienced mentor.
What Career Counselling is NOT ?
- It is not general advice about careers, courses and curriculum.
- It is not a short-term process that gives instant results..Rather it is a long-term process involving many changes on the part of the student.
- It will not provide jobs or admissions in companies and colleges respectively.
- Career Counsellors are not affiliated to any academic institution. They only help you reach your potential and aim for the best institutes and companies in your career.
- It is not a procedure that runs on trial-and-error.