What is career counselling?

Career counselling is just like any other kind of personal counselling you seek when you:

  • don’t know what you want to do
  • feel stuck in a dead end job
  • are unhappy at work
  • unsure which career direction to take
  • are not progressing in your career

If you can relate to any of these feelings, then seeking help from a career counsellor would be beneficial. A career counsellor can help you understand who you are; what you want out of your life and your career by helping you explore: your interests, skills, abilities, values and goals. Perhaps more importantly, a career counsellor can offer you support while you are making a life / career transition because career and personal issues are often interlinked, the imminent change and decision-making can be extremely daunting.

People tend to fall into one of the four stages of life categories listed below. By tuning in to your natural skills and abilities, understanding yourself, knowing which stage you are in, the world of work and your place in it – this knowledge would give you the freedom to explore not one, but several career paths available throughout your life.

Four stages of life:

The Exploratory stage (ages 17 -27) – people at this entry level are usually concern about discovering who they are, how they fit in the work force and how to negotiate early career decisions.

The 30’s Transition (ages 28 -29) – at this stage people have already been part of the work force; they may have been through various career changes; or they may have stabilised into an early to mid-level career tasks. Basically, they are doing what is expected from society and family.

The Mid-life Stage (Ages 39 – 52) – by now people have experienced some progression in their careers. They have a good understanding about the world of work in general and a clear idea of their career paths. This is the phase where they may feel frustrated because their career paths are stalling. People at this stage are ready to make changes to careers that are more in tune with their internal sense of self. They are no longer concerned about meeting society’s expectations.

The Pre-Retirement and Retirement Stage (52 – 75) – people are starting to recognise their working years are coming to an end and are ready to begin thinking about disengagement from the work force. They may see an endless of possibilities just around the corner, or they may feel a sense of despair and dread of the future.

In summary, career coaching is extremely relevant in a world of rapid economic and social changes where a career path may not be as clearly defined as in previous generations. A career counsellor can help you: reframe your thinking about your current and future situation; integrate and resolve career and non career issues.

In undertaking a brave journey of personal development and adjusting to change that is constantly constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed over time; you will be able to discover your inner strengths and develop new skills and increase your self confidence.