In recent times, many colleges and schools have realized the need for a career counsellor. However, it is generally noticed that any well meaning, educated and experienced person in field of training and education is granted this sensitive task of coaching future professionals.
The career services staff should hold a Master’s degree and have expertise in career development theory, counselling techniques, administration and interpretation of assessments, and career information resources.
Your career counselor will:
- Help you figure out who you are and what you want out of your education, your career, and your life.
- Be someone you can talk to about your thoughts, ideas, feelings, and concerns as well as about your career and educational choices. The counsellor will help you sort out, organize, and make sense of your thoughts and feelings.
- Help you identify the factors influencing your career development, and help you assess your interests, abilities, and values.
- Help you locate resources and sources of career information.
- Help you determine the next steps and develop a plan for achieving your goals.
Your career counselor will not:
- Tell you what to do or what you should major in, or what career you should pursue.
- Advise you in course selection or scheduling.