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click for more Find the right career counselor - for you
This week we explore how to find, qualify and select the right career counselor for you through three counselor-related associations. "Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory."
American Association of Christian Counselors
Nearly 50,000 members in all 50 states and nearly 50 foreign countries
National Board of Certified Counselors
The largest certification service of the counseling profession
National Career Development Association
Find Approved Counselors and Professionals listed by state.

Daily CareerTIP® Advice
 
Monday - What is a career counselor?
A career counselor holds a graduate degree (Master’s and/or PhD) in Counseling – with specialization in career assessment and planning. The big difference between a career counselor - and other career advisors, coaches, development professionals is - graduate degree in counseling. No advanced degree in counseling - then not a career counselor.


 
Tuesday - How can a career counselor help you?
Conduct individual and group personal counseling sessions to help clarify life/career goals. Administer and interpret tests and inventories to assess abilities, interests, and other factors, and to identify career options. Encourage exploratory activities through assignments and planning experiences. Utilize career planning systems and occupational information systems to help individuals better understand the world of work. Provide opportunities for improving decision-making skills. Assist in developing individualized career plans. Teach job hunting strategies and skills and assist in the development of resumes. Help resolve potential personal conflicts on the job through practice in human relations skills. Assist in understanding the integration of work and other life roles. Provide support for persons experiencing job stress, job loss, and career transition.


 
Wednesday - What is a career counselor NOT?
Career counselors are not recruiters or job placement specialists. They do not get paid for getting you a job or placing you in a position. They are paid for providing you assessments and counsel, not products or placement.


 
Thursday - How to find prospective career counselors?
Far and away the best way to find a career counselor is through personal referrals from trusted family members, friends, work associates and personal contacts at local colleges and churches. You can also make a list of potential counselors near you through the American Association of Christian Counselors, the National Board of Certified Counselors and National Career Development Association - then ask trusted advisors if they know people on your list.


 
Friday - How to evaluate prospective career counselors?
Be informed of the qualifications of your counselor: education, experience, and professional counseling certification(s) and state license(s). Receive an explanation of services offered, your time commitments, and fee scales and billing policies prior to receipt of services. Be informed of limitations of the counselor's practice to special areas of expertise (e.g., career development, ethnic groups), or age group (such as adolescents, older adults). Have all that you say treated confidentially and be informed of any state laws placing limitations on confidentiality in the counseling relationship. Ask questions about the counseling techniques and strategies, and how you will be informed of your progress.


 
Saturday - Getting the most from your career counselor
Participate in setting goals and evaluating progress toward meeting them. Be informed of how to contact the counselor in an emergency situation. Request referral for a second opinion at any time. Request copies of records and reports to be used by other counseling professionals. Receive a copy of the code of ethics to which your counselor adheres. Contact the appropriate professional organization if you have doubts or complaints relative to the counselor's conduct. And remember - you can terminate the counseling relationship at any time.


 
Sunday - God as your Career Counselor?
While it is true that "Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed."(Proverbs 15:22). It is also true that God said, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you."(Psalm 32:8). Remember that " Many plans are in a man's heart, But the counsel of the LORD will stand."(Proverbs 19:21)


 
 

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