Career counselors are professionals who assist people with career and personal development concerns. They can help you develop a meaningful career path by empowering you with the tools and resources you need to make educated decisions about your career, or help you consider what personal issues may influence your career.
A career counselor can help you:
- identify your interests and abilities
- make work/life decisions
- take a career assessment
- become familiar with different majors
- gather information on the jobs that people do
- create a plan to market yourself
- cope with co-workers, unemployment, or re-entering the job market
- develop interviewing skills
- manage emotions related to choosing a career
What Can I Expect from Career Counseling?
Together with your career counselor, you will develop a personalized career plan to help you reach your professional goals. You will receive support and assistance throughout your career decision-making process. A career counselor will try to help you wherever you are in the process, whether learning about yourself, understanding what people do in their jobs, or learning how to negotiate salary offers.
When possible, your career counselor will offer you feedback about yourself and your career decision-making process, and provide you with insight into the nature of majors or career paths when such information is available. Your career counselor, however, cannot tell you what to do or make decisions for you. He or she may not be able to inform you of all possible occupations associated with majors or educate you on all details of different careers.
Empowerment for Success
Career counselors are here to help you learn about the process of career planning and point you toward resources to empower you to make educated decisions about your career, or help you consider what personal issues will influence your career. Ultimately, it is up to you to engage in further research and assume the responsibility for making your own career choices.
Career Counseling Can Help:
- Exploring your interests, skills, and abilities through classes or experience
- Realizing dissatisfaction and being ready for change
- Finding out what makes a job satisfying
- Questioning your future and career direction
Explore career options
- Getting information about new fields or future needs
- Understanding possible new career roles when re-entering the workforce
- Considering projects or courses to make you marketable
Link self-knowledge with occupational information
- Relating what you know about yourself to a job or career
- Understanding how to find jobs in your area
- Developing yourself professionally
Implement career choices
- Networking with people about opportunities
- Gaining experience or changing jobs
- Using new skills for career advancement
- Knowing "what you need to know" to decide
- Learning how to make career decisions
PLEASE NOTE: At no time will a career counselor accept social networking invitations from students or respond to blogs written by clients. The career counselor will never acknowledge counseling with a client on social media. If you are a World Campus student and are interested in a confidential exchange with our career counselor, please make an appointment.