ONLINE CAREER COUNSELING LEARNING
A career can be difficult to start or to change. Without assistance, it’s simple to get demoralised or overwhelmed. This course will put you on the right track if you want to assist others (or yourself) in making wise professional choices and establishing reasonable career objectives.
Your qualification in teaching, counselling, management, life coaching, or community services will benefit from career counselling as well. It can assist parents guide their kids towards appropriate career routes or help students plan their own careers or career changes.
ACS student feedback: “I feel like I know a lot more now about this subject. I now have the self-assurance to launch my own side venture in individual career counselling. The presentation made the lesson very approachable and useful. even for people like me who have a limited command of the language.” Charles Mboning, Career Counseling, Republic of Cameroon.
Why You Should Take This Course
Everybody looks for work, whether it’s a career or a job, and whether it’s part-time or full-time. As a result, competent career counsellors frequently find themselves swamped with inquiries. Sometimes people merely want to start off in the proper direction, other times they want to change careers. At other times, people can desire to have a deeper understanding of who they are and what they are capable of. Any of these things can be assisted by career counsellors. By organising their own resources, career counsellors and employment consultants will be better able to assist job searchers.
This course is intended for those seeking employment in:
- Careers guidance
- Employment offices
- Recruitment agencies
- Personnel management
- Resume Writing Services
- Teaching, Youth Work, Media
“Many people in the current era do not have a “career for life.” Individuals retrain and change careers throughout their lifetimes. This course looks at how we might help students who are leaving high school, college, or university make decisions about their future, find employment, pursue training, and other things. And how we assist an adult who wants to retrain, go back to work after maternity leave, or get laid off. Students who enrol in this course will have an intriguing employment option in the current economic scenario.” Tracey Jones has a B.S. in psychology with honours, an M.Soc.Sc. in social work, a DipSW in social work, a PGCE in education, a PGD in learning disabilities, and she is an ACS tutor.
There are 10 lessons in this course:
- Introduction …Scope & Nature of the Industry
- Definitions: career, careers counselling, counselling
- Broad employment options
- Services offered in the employment industry
- Assmptions about career counselling practices
- Cross cultural careers counselling
- Nature of Careers …What is a career, what makes it successful?
- Elements of career building and job seeking
- Factors contributing to career success
- Realistic expectations
- Range of options
- Case study
- Careers Advice Resources …Brochures, Publications, Web Sites
- Employer considerations: qualifications, experience,personality, age, adaptability, productivity, etc
- Case study
- Career Services ….Where can people get help (Social Services, Work Experience, Education)
- Career counselling services
- Careers and vocational guidance
- Vocational planning
- Setting goals
- Job seeking support
- Job seeking strategies
- Other services
- Developing Counselling Skills
- Key areas for career counselling
- Helping clients focus on reality
- Helping clients identify opportunities
- Helping clients consider all elements
- Overcoming resistance from clients
- Listening skills
- Questioning skills
- Problem solving skills
- Essential reality checks
- Improving clients predictive ability
- Conducting a Counselling Session
- Why people come to a career counsellor
- Strategies to develop trust
- A career counselling session
- Individuals who know the job they want
- Psychometric testing for individuals still choosing a career
- Types of psychological tests that may be used
- Referring people elsewhere
- Counselling Students and School Leavers (with little work experience)
- Understanding youth
- Career counselling for adolescents
- Assisting indecisive teenagers
- Career counselling for students
- Giving advice on study
- Choosing a course
- Workshops for students
- Workshops for university students
- Resources for counselling students
- Counselling Adults (inexperienced or facing career change)
- Identifying adult needs The training program
- Advice and support during job hunting
- Course of action
- Career changing
- Easiest paths to career change
- Challenging path to career change
- Starting a business
- Case study
- Writing a business plan
- Job Prospecting
- Ways of finding work
- Supporting clients decisions
- Prospecting for work
- Tips on getting a job
- Writing resumes (CV’s)
- Preparing for a job interview
- Nurturing and growing a career once it has started
- Getting a job is only the first step in a career
- Self management for business people
- Marketing and pricing
- Case study
- Advising clients about career advancement
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school’s tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
- List the persons, groups, and services that provide career guidance or support.
- Separate successful jobs from unsuccessful ones, and get ready for upcoming changes in the workplace.
- Acquire abilities that will help you be more effective in assisting others in starting or developing their careers.
- Create and carry out a successful counselling session.
- Describe approaches for addressing the needs of young individuals without experience.
- Determine their needs and those of adults without experience or those considering a job shift.
- Describe where and how to look for work in the job market.
- Discuss the necessity to plan for change and to grow one’s profession.
How You Plan to Act
- Investigate the number, kind, and providers of employment services in your area or neighbourhood.
- Investigate a field of work to learn about the needs, types of employers who offer it, trends, etc.
- To test your abilities in assisting a client with a problem, simulate a counselling session.
- Do some research to better comprehend what career counselling includes.
- Prepare a career counselling session, indicating the purpose, length, and potential problems.
- Talk to young people who are graduating from secondary school or have recently done so about career issues.
- Talk to adults about your experiences changing careers.
- Create plans for helping clients, both young and old, deal with identified, common, and significant challenges.
Be Conscious of Prejudices Underlying Job Counseling Practice
When assisting clients, it’s important to take into account the underlying assumptions of career counselling. Yet, not everyone will always agree with the premise listed below.
Before offering recommendations, a qualified career counsellor would take more time to understand each client’s particular position.
1. Career decisions can be made by individuals at any point in their lives. Their economic, social, and cultural setting will determine the degree of freedom of choice.
2. Throughout their life, people have the opportunity to choose a career.
3. Everyone should have access to opportunities regardless of their gender, race, age, sexual orientation, cultural background, or religion.
4. Over the course of their lives, people will hold a variety of jobs. They consist of both paid and unpaid employment.
5. Career counsellors assist people in discovering, pursuing, and achieving their career goals.
6. Career counselling consists of four basic components:
a. Encouraging people to become more self-aware of their strengths, values, personality types, and interests.
b. Introducing pupils to resources so they can learn about careers and occupations.
c. Including students in the choice-making process so they select a career path that is suitable to their unique requirements, abilities, values, and personalities.
d. Helping people in being active managers of their career paths, including career transitions, juggling many responsibilities, and continuing education throughout their career.
7. Depending on their personal preferences, hobbies, environmental factors, etc., people will pursue particular professions.
8. Decisions about a person’s career are made throughout their lives. That is a never-ending process. It does not take place just once.
9. Each and every type of labour is worthwhile and beneficial to society.
OVERCOMING THE SHOCKING OF UNEMPLOYMENT
Problems arise for everyone. Losing your job and having trouble finding a new one can be a typical issue, and it can have implications beyond just a short-term decline in income.
In addition to the apparent aid you might provide in finding new job, intervention might take many different forms.
In order to provide the client with additional support when unemployed, career counsellors may need to move beyond providing only career advise or direct the client to other experts. Professional counselling techniques designed to aid the client in coping with crisis can lessen the detrimental psychological, physical, and behavioural repercussions of trauma on the client and those around him or her.
Counseling is meant to help a person deal with their current situation by handling a crisis. Persistent stress or trauma exposure can result in mental illness. Counselors must therefore possess the abilities and knowledge to aid clients in overcoming their present difficulties and trauma. Crisis counselling is a short-term intervention to help clients gain support, resources, assistance, and stabilisation. It is not intended to provide psychotherapy or anything related.
In contrast to other counselling techniques, crisis intervention focuses on quick fixes to minimise harm both during and just after a traumatic occurrence. During a period of crisis counselling, the client will frequently get ongoing counselling aimed at enhancing their mental health and overall welfare. They will be covered in further detail in the course of this lecture.
Crisis intervention serves a variety of functions. It seeks to lessen how strongly a person reacts to a crisis physically, mentally, emotionally, and behaviorally. Also, it aids in the person’s restoration to the pre-incident level of functioning.
Crisis intervention also has an educational component. The person will be informed of the typical responses to an unusual scenario. The person will be informed that their reactions are transient and that there is no set period of time during which they can anticipate recovering from the crisis.