‘Do what you love, and never work a day in your life!’ …Rings true, doesn’t it?
Most of us spend more time at work (averaging 8 hours a day), than at home, so the importance of 8 hours of fulfillment and passion, compared to 8 hours of drudgery seems self-evident. The fact that we all need to make a living is a fact that does not preclude the fact that we want more… not just to make a living, but to make a life.
Most people recognize the value of work as more than the expression of educational, professional, intellectual, ethical, and creative energies. We understand its meaning and value, and certainly feel it when these rich dimensions of life are missing, or thwarted. As such, we recognize our career as the form for our deepest self-expression, as unique as we are.
In life, as we change and grow, so our careers alter to reflect our evolving skills, desires, and philosophies. Not surprisingly then, most people will change careers four or five times during their working life, either by force, necessity, or will. However, our active choices for work always have one thing in common…us! Effective career counseling can bridge the gap between finding a good fit for your life goals and personality, and wasting time in a career that doesn’t fit, that is a fantasy, or is unrewarding.
Career Counseling Is For Everyone
Effective career counseling is a scientific, investigative process that marries a person’s natural abilities and predispositions to existing work roles, to achieve a best fit. Whether you are a student looking for a major; whether you are transitioning from one phase of life to another; whether your expectations for your profession are not quite satisfied, but you are unsure how to proceed… professional Career Counseling provides tools to take calculated risks, with a road map for how to achieve your goals.
To Get You Where You Want To Be
Using instruments such as John Holland’s RIASEC codes, the Strong Interest Inventory, and the Department of Labor’s O*Net, professional career counselors skillfully interpret personality and occupational data to generate ‘best fit’ options, generating realistic plans to achieve lients’ goals.
“RIASEC”: John Holland’s multi-dimensional model of personality theory devised for occupational counseling, has stood the test of time.
R = Realistic (Doers)
I = Investigative (Thinkers)
A = Artistic (Creators)
S = Social (Helpers)
E = Enterprising (Persuaders)
C = Conventional (Organizers)
Rarely are people’s interests only one-dimensional.
The skill of the Career Counselor is to work collaboratively with the client to generate realistic options, possibilities, and choices in a comprehensive report. Supportive activities beyond the report may include: résumé writing, cover letters, reference seeking, portfolio building, interview practice, and more.