Done with your 10+2 examinations? Confused about what to do next? Don’t worry, you are not alone. There are several others, just like you, struggling with what to do next, where to study and what career path to choose. Do you know how you can solve your confusion? Avail career counseling! If you thought that career counseling is only about career advice or guidance, you are absolutely wrong. It is much more than that.
Here, take a look at how career counseling can help you in decision-making.
# Assist you in learning more about yourself
Career counseling will help you in gaining knowledge and awareness about yourself through the assessment of your abilities, interests, personality and transferable skills that are related to your choice of career. Career counselors will assist you in exploring and integrating sexual orientation, gender, socio economic status, disabilities, ethnicity and such other influences into your career choices. At the end of the counseling session, a counselor might even give you an assessment based on his or her understanding of your situation.
# Help you gain occupational and educational information
If you have already decided upon which course you want to take up, it is great. But, do you have all the information needed to go ahead with your choice? Through career counseling, you can gain all the educational and career related resources (printed material or online) about your choice of course and career. You will also be made intimate about the job market, opportunities abroad and in your own country, the earnings and salaries and the preparation that you need take to get admitted to the course. This way, you will be able to achieve your goal and if not, be equipped with alternative choices.
# Encourage you to set realistic goals
It is quite easy to be carried away, especially if there is peer pressure and too much influence of the TV and Internet. You might end up wanting to pursue a career that you have no aptitude for. Career counseling can help you break out from that shell and face the reality. These sessions will help you discover where your real interest lies and will also assist you in making the right decision.
However, there is one thing you must remember before going for career counseling – career counselors will not make the decision for you or dictate you anything. At the end of the day, the decision is yours. These counseling sessions are designed to only hold up the mirror for you so that whatever educational program you opt for, you are fully prepared for it. They provide you with all the information, resource and tools that you need to achieve your goals.
It is safe to say that career counseling is very important for all students. These sessions take them deeper and force them to think what they really want and not what their parents want, teachers expect and friends pressurize them to be. Career counseling sessions are all about “you”.
Do you think you are up for a career counseling session? If you have ever availed one, how was your experience? Did you gain anything from it? Feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions to help others who are struggling with making the right education and career decision.