The choice of a career and profession is one of the toughest decisions we need to take in our lives. Most of you may give huge time, expenditure and attention to choosing a right career, as it determine whether you will be successful in life or not. A career decision should make on the basis of one’s abilities, interest, values and personality styles instead of unrealistic professional aspirations and parental and societal pressures. There are thousands of work opportunities exist, but our society finds no child is worthy unless he/she can become an engineer or doctor. The career counselor helps the individual to explore, attain and pursue their career goals. The career counseling has become important as the career options and opportunities have increased.
What is Career Counseling?
The career counseling helps ones to understand himself/herself to be able to make career/work decisions. The right counseling program and career guidance may develop and enhance one’s competencies in self-knowledge, occupational and educational exploration, and future planning. The career counseling also helps in evaluating student’s interests, abilities, personality characteristics and talents, so that they can set realistic career goals in their life.
Skills required to become a career counselor?
To become an effective counselor, you must have up to date information on latest career trends and job opportunities. You can gain such information from online websites, newspapers, books and videos. There are some other skills require to be a career counselor are:
- Good Listener
- Communication Skills
- Sensitive & perceptive
There are lots of job opportunities in this sector. A career counselor can work in educational institutes and schools or with advisory and career services. The career counselors also advise universities, colleges and educational institutes on admission requirements, scholarships and entrance exams. They can also collaborate with career education programs and information centres. Recruitment agencies and employment and placement cells also recruit career counselors to help students in personality development, career development and applying for jobs.
List of Institutions offer courses in this field:
There are some academic institutions and colleges that offer Post Graduate Diploma courses in Guidance & Counseling.
- Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Tamil Nadu
- National Council of Education and Research Training –NCERT, New Delhi
- Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
- Jnana Prabodhini’s Institute of Psychology(JPIP) Pune
- Amity University, Noida
- Jamia Millia Islamia University , Delhi
- Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu
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