What is career change counseling, and how can it help me?

If you find yourself dreading going into work each day, feeling like you have no sense of accomplishment, or just lack motivation or interest in your job – it might be time to consider a career change. The idea might sound a little scary at first, especially if you have spent a lot of time in your current position. But, some resources and people can help guide you in the right direction. One resource, in particular, is career counseling.

What to know about career counselors

According to Good Therapy, career counseling is a process designed to help individuals choosing to change or leave their careers. Counselors are trained individuals that work with you to explore your strengths, weaknesses, interests, and education levels. Then they’re able to give guidance on what careers you might be best suited for.

Career counselors can give insight into skills and requirements for different jobs, salary expectations, and market demand for various positions.

How can career counseling help you?

A good counselor is not going to list off the highest paying jobs in your area and recommend you start submitting applications. Career counselors create a professional relationship to work with you to understand your skills and interests. During this time, you will focus on things such as:

  • Figuring yourself out. What do you want out of your education, career, or life?
  • Organizing your thoughts and feelings to help you and your counselor make educated decisions on your career choices.
  • Identify different resources for career information.
  • Create an action plan so you can stay on track with your decision.

The most important thing to understand is they are there to help you, not pressure you into making any quick decisions.

Choosing a career counselor

Since it’s your future at stake, it is important to make sure you have a strong connection with the counselor you are working with. You want to work with someone that has your best interests at heart.

Some key characteristics to look for are someone with good interpersonal skills, someone who actively listens to what you are telling them, and doesn’t have preset answers to your questions. It’s also essential to choose someone who can think critically to analyze and weigh out your options. To find a good career counselor, you should look for people with a work history in:

  • Social work
  • Life coaching
  • Corporate recruiting
  • Teachers
  • Other positions requiring a strong understanding of Psychology

Considering how much of your life you will spend working, it is important to find a job or career that makes you happy. It might not be an easy search at first, but with the help of an experienced counselor, you can find the best job.

 

Don’t jump into anything too quickly; sometimes the “grass isn’t always greener.” The last thing you want to do is trade one bad job for another bad job. So, take the time to work with your counselor and think it out. Their goal is to help you find a career that makes you happiest.