Career Counseling Specialist Q&A
Finding your career path and goal aspirations can be quite difficult. Whether you are graduating from high school, and are unsure of what career path you would like to take, or if you are in a career, and are thinking of making a change. Book your career counseling appointment today with our top counselors at Best Fit Counseling & Psychiatry in Ann Arbor, MI. For more information, call us today or visit us online to book an appointment.
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Career counseling is considered guidance to help individuals choose, change or leave a certain career choice. Career counseling is available for anyone at any stage within their life.
Often, we see many individuals reconsider their careers, but fail to embark on this change due to feeling like they may fail, or that it isn’t a smart career choice/move. This is highly due to the fact that a career is one of the most important aspects of an individual’s life.
A career counselor can be a therapist, volunteer from within the business world, or a life coach. They often are available to discuss your career’s development, and administer and interpret assessments like aptitude and ability assessments to help your choice.
Often students will visit a guidance counselor in high school to talk about their life choices, particularly before beginning to apply to colleges and universities, or choosing/changing majors for school.
Career counseling is available to help anyone willing to put in the work and schedule an appointment.
Often, we hear that people only turn to career coaches when they have applied to many job applications with no feedback or no positive feedback, and they are in desperate need of a job.
While this is another great time for a career counselor, this is not the only time to partake in career counseling. Whether you are just beginning your career search, or looking to change to a new passion, or move up into the next level of your career by either thinking of leaving a current situation with your career or moving up within the career. Each career counselor may provide different information or even the same career counseling services, some may focus on a big interview that is coming up for you, while others will help by specializing in negotiations with your company by providing help when discussing salary and benefits.
In the end, finding the right career coach for you will depend on what you are looking for in a career coach, and what you are trying to accomplish with the counseling session.
There are many advantages of visiting a career counselor, some of these benefits include:
● Providing students and parents with knowledge
● Exploring different career opportunities
● Receiving expert advice on career options
● Setting up career path goals
● Saving money on schooling or courses that you may drop out of due to lack of interest
It’s seen that women are a huge aspect where career counseling would be beneficial, as many overlook careers with underrepresented females in that particular workforce, this is often due to lack of confidence, bias towards a certain career, misinformation, and lack of role models available.
Many students, as well as adults, have noted that their parents were their biggest influence when it came to them choosing a career path, while we commend parents for stepping up into this role to provide some information to their children about possible paths to take, they may not have all the information to provide, or even know where to start.
More often than not, career coaches are sought out through word of mouth from friends, families, or co-workers, as well as social media or search engine searches.
A simple google search using keywords to help configure highly sought-after counselors like “negotiation career counseling” can help you find counselors available to help you make the best possible choice when it comes to what you value most and believe in.
A major red flag many career counselors bring up that you should know when finding a career counselor is that they will ask for a large sum of money upfront before your first appointment.
Career counselors are beneficial to everyone who may be looking for help when it comes to their careers, or what they want to focus on once they have completed high school. Coming out of high school, very young and not having a full understanding of all the career choices that are available can be overwhelming, and off-putting. A career counselor can help you move in the right direction with passions or interests that are similar to potential careers.
Call us if you like to know more about our services. We serve patients anywhere in Michigan. Licensed in Ann Arbor MI, Pittsfield Charter TWP MI, Ypsilanti MI, Saline MI, Dexter MI, Scio TWP MI and surrounding areas. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you find your happiness.