Things You Should Think About Before Choosing A Career Counselor

Are you caught in the web of having some college education but dropped out for one reason or another? Now you need to get a job, but have no credentials. Maybe you could benefit from some career counseling.  Here are some questions you should ask yourself before laying down what little cash you might have for some career direction:

  • How do you know when a Career Counselor is a good match for you?

This is very important for you and for me. I want this to be a great experience for you. I believe that there are people that you will resonate with and people who might not connect in a good working relationship.So, before we even begin working together, I recommend that we get together for an introductory session. This session is at no charge .

It is important for me to understand why you are seeking to work with a career counselor. It’s also important for me to understand what you want to accomplish in our work sessions.I recommend that you treat this first session like you would an information interview I welcome questions from you, such as:How long have you been working as a career counselor (CC)?

What are your credentials?
Clients in what sorts of careers or situations are you most and least effective ?
Please share examples of success…
What assessment tools do you utilize?
How would you describe the process you utilize?
What are your rates?
How many sessions will it take to get some career clarity?

In the discussion of these questions, you will learn a lot about me. I also will learn a lot about you, your background, and your expectations for career exploration. At the end of the introductory session, we will agree on how we will proceed.

I am totally OK with you taking our time when deciding if you want to engage with me. Talk with friends, work associates, family members about your decision to seek career advice. Talk with them about your observations of me after you have had the introductory meeting.

I will look forward to hearing from you regarding your decision to engage with me.

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  • Are ready for change?

I had a challenging professor , who announced at the outset of his theology class, “All beginnings are hard.”Making changes is hard work. It implies moving outside your comfort zone. It takes courage to launch into something new.

I have a motto on my wall: “Faith is taking the first step when you don’t see the staircase.” Making changes is about taking risks. There is no right or wrong way to make changes. You have to discover your own style and level of comfort as you get closer to the staircase.

Several months ago, I heard John Krumboltz expound on his “Theory of Happenstance.” In short, it’s not as important that you make the right decisions, but that you make a decision, and that you take action. Sometimes an action turns out to be what others might describe as a mistake.

However, if you embrace the attitude that you are going to act – you are going to put yourself out there, you are going to try something. By taking action, you also open yourself up to opportunities that you otherwise would not have experienced.

The fact is, you have already demonstrated an ability to experience change hundreds of times in your lifetime. You might just be amazed at how the universe will reward you once you have opened yourself up to its vast palette of opportunities.

  • Ask yourself – “Am I ready to look at the bigger picture?”

You probably have heard the expression: “The bigger the mountain the bigger the view.” The process of career assessment and the ensuing career exploration will inevitably expand your world.

Sadly many people get stuck in the same job – a job that they neither enjoy or derive a sense of pride from. What keeps people stuck in a dead end job? Sometimes it is as simple as not seeing the bigger picture.

People can choose to look outside their usual set of circumstances. There is a whole big world out there. I believe that I can be a force in helping you take the steps that will inherently expand your current view of yourself, and of your potential in the world of work.There is a story that illustrates the clear difference it makes when you see the bigger picture.

One day a traveler, walking along a lane, came across 3 stonecutters working in a quarry. Each was busy cutting a block of stone. Interested to find out what they were working on, he asked the first stonecutter what he was doing. “I am cutting a stone!” Still no wiser the traveler turned to the second stonecutter and asked him what he was doing. “I am cutting this block of stone to make sure that it’s square, and its dimensions are uniform, so that it will fit exactly in its place in a wall.” A bit closer to finding out what the stonecutters were working on but still unclear, the traveler turned to the third stonecutter. He seemed to be the happiest of the three and when asked what he was doing replied: “I am building a cathedral.”

Not everyone has the ability or even is interested in building a cathedral. However, I believe that a big part of what I do is engage people in a process of learning to see the bigger picture.

First of all, I listen to you. I listen to how you describe your current situation. I ask questions to get more details about what made an experience particularly positive for you. I believe that it is important to emphasize the positive when looking at experiences. For example, it is important to me to hear you talk about what you consider “successful activities / projects / assignments” from your work life. What is it about a particular activity that made you feel successful?

Next, as we discuss the results of one of the assessments I use, called the World of Work Inventory (WOWI), there will be areas where you will be surprised, energized, curious, and empowered. Recently, I was going over the results of the “aptitude” section of the assessment, and the participant was so pleasantly surprised at his level of skill. Having had some very negative experiences in traditional education, it was energizing and exciting for this young person to recognize that he would have the ability to pursue and succeed in a job that was more challenging than his present one.

Finally, I am continually finding out about your world. I want to know who you know that matters to you. I believe in the power of people. It matters a great deal WHO you know. As I get to know your world of people, it sets the stage for how we will strategize in the ongoing work of discovering the best career path for you.

  • How do I know which career assessment will help me the most?

The short answer is, “Try  them and see. “ But let’s not be glib. Quite simply, the WOWI assessment, because of its multi dimensional format, provides a panoramic view of your unique profile. The results are compelling, illuminating and foundational as the roadmap to your optimal career.

You no doubt have heard of the Myers Briggs – also known as the MBTI. You may have even taken it at one point. This assessment has its merits, but only measures personality. It is my opinion that when making a job or career change, while personality is very important, there are multiple dimensions implicit in making this type of change.

Another assessment that I actually recommend is the Interest Profile. This assessment is free and is available online. You may want to include taking a look at the results of this assessment, for the simple reason, the results complement the WOWIW. For information on this assessment go to: https://www.cacareerzone.org/

If there are assessments that you have taken in the past, and the results were important to you, I would invite you to bring these results to our sessions. Every assessment provides a slightly different view of you. The cumulative impact of these assessments is bound to influence how you come to re define the path to your optimal career.

There is an interest area in the results of the WOWI which, based on your responses, gives a very clear picture of what you do NOT want to do, as well as depicting the career areas that you are interested in. It is said that it is more important to know what you do not want to do, than it is to know what you want to do.

Another piece of the WOWI objectively measures your aptitudes in six areas, including: Verbal, Numerical, Abstraction (problem solving ability), Spatial Form , Mechanical Electrical, and Organization. People are continually amazed at their scores in this part of the WOWI as it almost always points to a person’s untapped potential.

The third section of the WOWI focuses on your work style. What this means, is that no matter what kind of work you do, you will have a preferred style of approaching that job. Results of this section resonate with people, particularly when they understand their work style – a style that may not have been compatible with a previous job. As a result of participating in the WOWI, a person now understands why a particular job was not a good match for them and why. This information can be very liberating.

Finally, I have worked with a number of adults who have recognized the superior quality of the results that the WOWI provided them in their search to discover a career path that was a good match for their skills, interests, and work style. Call me today for your free consultation.  207-415-3727

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