Careers Counselling involves more than just finding work for 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.
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!
Job Seeking Strategies That Work
Most job seekers may try and expect to find work through the media (eg. job web sites or newspapers). The media however can be the least effective method of job seeking.
Good ways (according to research) are -
1. Asking for job leads from family, friends, others in the community. This means asking everyone who you think might know: “Do you know of any jobs at the place where you work?” It also means letting everyone know that you are looking for work, that you are able and willing to work, and what you can do.
2. Door-knocking. This means approaching any employer or organisation that interests you and telling them that you want to work for them, and are willing to work hard to get in the door. Be polite, present yourself professionally and with confidence, and even they do not seem interested, ask if you can leave a card, your resume, or call back in a month or so. Leave looking as confident as when you entered…last impressions are almost as important as first impressions.
3. Use the phone directory and internet to identify employers and organisations that interest you, and phone to ask if they are hiring for a position that you can fill. Tell them what you can do well that will be of interest to them. Again, be positive, be polite, and ask to leave your phone number or phone again.
4. Do the above with a group of other job seekers to phone all the employers listed in the field that interest you.
5. Create and follow a personal career plan. This means closely following the strategy outlined earlier of knowing what you have to offer, deciding where to use it, and focusing your job-seeking efforts on organisations or employers that you want to work for. This is the most effective job-seeking and career building strategy of all, and is well worth the effort in self-analysis, research, and self-promotion that is required.
The ways in which people find work do keep changing though; and can be different from place to place; and one industry to the next.
The challenge for a careers counsellor is to stay up to date with change and in tune with the industries and localities they are dealing with -so that they can always provide the best and most relevant advice to their clients.
STUDY OUR CAREERS COUNSELLING COURSE
Course Duration: 100 Hours (you study at your own pace)
The course is divided into ten lessons as follows:
1. Introduction –Scope & Nature of the Industry
2. Nature of Careers –What is a career, what makes it successful
3. Careers Advice Resources –Brochures, Publications, Web Sites
4. Services –Where can people get help (Social Services, Work Experience, Education)
5. Developing Counselling Skills
6. Conducting a Counselling Session (& referring people on)
7. Counselling Students and School Leavers (with little work exp.)
8. Counselling Adults (inexperienced or facing career change)
9. Job Prospecting – How to find work…resumes, etc
10. Nurturing and Growing a career once it has started
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