Career Counseling is a process that will help you to know and understand yourself and the world of work in order to make career, educational, and life decisions. There are a number of factors that influence your career development, including your interests, abilities, values, personality, background, and circumstances.
Career development is more than just deciding on a major and what job you want to get when you graduate. It really is a lifelong process, meaning that throughout your life you will change, situations will change, and you will continually have to make career and life decisions.
How A Counselor Helps?
- Help you figure out who you are and what you want out of your education, your career, and your life
- Be someone for you to talk to about your thoughts, ideas, feelings, and concerns about your career and educational choices
- 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 to determine next steps and develop a plan to achieve your goals
Who Needs Career Counseling?
Since career development is a lifelong process, Career Counseling can be appropriate for anyone including freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and even alumni. The earlier you get started making intentional decisions about your future, however, the better prepared you will be!
We recommend that all freshmen come in and visit with a Career Counselor.
Some examples of concerns that bring students to Career Counseling:
- How to face Interviews
- Entrance Tests (India and Abroad)
- Admissions (Abroad)
Your Career Counselor WON’T Do These
Oftentimes, career counselor’s services may be mistaken to to be inconclusive in terms of decision making because of the following,
- Will not choose or instruct you on the program / course
- Will not choose your subject of major study
- Will not decide what your career you should pursue
- Will not do the course selection or scheduling for you
This is because the career counselor is to offer to clarity about your question than to make decision on your behalf. Also, the career counselor’s role is to maneuver you towards informed decision making.
Steps involved for career selection & planning