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Career Counseling Training from Wikipedia

If you are considering career counseling, this introductory article from Wikipedia should get you started. Please note in the last paragraph that the field is moving towards post graduate certification, as we get more and more scientific.

You can also search under the names of leaders in the field, like John Holland. (I remember his RAISEC model from graduate school).

Employment counsellor

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An employment counsellor, also known as a career development professional, advises, coaches, provides information to, and supports people who are planning, seeking and managing their life/work direction.

Contents 1 Duties

2 Working conditions

3 Personal characteristics

4 Educational requirements


Career development professionals help clients of all ages:

select education and training programs

balance work and other life roles

navigate career transitions and stages

enhance career satisfaction

find employment or self-employment opportunities, write résumés, develop portfolios and prepare for interviews.

Working with clients individually or in groups, career development professionals may:

help people develop a better appreciation of their unique characteristics and how those characteristics relate to career choices

use various assessment tools to help clients identify their interests, values, beliefs, lifestyle preferences, aptitudes and abilities, and relate them to the world of work

help clients identify educational requirements and develop training plans

facilitate career management and career decision-making workshops

work with clients who have disabilities, language and cultural differences, or other special needs that affect their employment prospects

help clients deal with barriers to achieving their career plans

help employed clients plan career laddering within organizations, cope successfully with job dissatisfaction, or make occupational or job changes

provide current labour market information to help clients make realistic occupational or employment decisions

market clients to potential employers and help clients find job or work experience placements

assist clients with implementing effective employment search strategies, writing résumés, and developing career portfolios and interview skills

plan and implement career and employment-related programs

refer clients to appropriate services to address their particular needs

work co-operatively with community groups and agencies, businesses and other organizations involved in providing career planning resources

use computers to write reports and proposals, and research information on the Internet

perform related administrative tasks such as keeping records.

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Working conditions

Career development professionals may work in a variety of settings but usually work in offices where they can conduct private interviews with clients and in classrooms or boardrooms where they conduct group sessions. Depending on the organization, their hours of work may include some evening and weekend work.

Personal characteristics

Career development professionals need the following characteristics:

a genuine interest in and respect for people from all walks of life patience, understanding and the ability to listen non-judgementally excellent oral and written communication skills and presentation skills objectivity and tact the ability to motivate and inspire clients the ability to facilitate communication in groups of eight to 20 people good organizational and planning skills the ability to work effectively with other professionals and community agencies. They should enjoy consulting with people, compiling information and working with clients to develop innovative solutions to problems.

Educational requirements

Most career development professionals have post-secondary education in a related discipline such as psychology, education, social work or human resources development. Increasingly, employers are looking for applicants who have a certificate, diploma or degree in career development, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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