I know exactly where you are right now. Maybe you have recently completed 10th or 12th grade, and are looking for someone who can guide you into the next phase of your life. Yes, someone who can guide you in the right career path. On the other hand, you might be at a point in life where you already have a job that you don’t enjoy and you are asking what is the right job for me. And you think if someone can help you guide through this. And I will differentiate, what should be your expectations while taking a career counselling and what is actually there. Your Expectations vs. Reality!
So, let’s find out…
What is Career Counselling?
The term counselling means getting professional assistance, and guidance; so you can get one step closer to your end goal.
Who is Career Counsellor?
A counsellor is a professionally trained individual, who is an expert on helping you pick the right career path. This assessment is made after the counsellor has made himself aware about your interests and potentials.
Your Expectations from A Career Counsellor?
A career counsellor possesses the ability to help you dig deep, and help you realise what you want from life. So they can help push you in the right direction. He/she can guide you in the process, suggesting you with the right books, courses available. The best part about a career counsellor is that they can help you understand your emotions, the psychology behind what drives you, discover your passion. So you can uncover what really helps you get out of bed each morning with full of excitement.
But unfortunately, the Indian Career Counsellor’s work is based on the same concepts that are followed in abroad(USA, UK etc.). A majority of them simply rely on online tools. So they can offer you guidance based on the results based on an algorithm not like real human. They are pushing individuals in a certain course or tests that have endorsed them. There are overseas educational consultants, who often act as a career counsellor, and would mislead students into courses they are representing as a commission agent in india. And this is the worst part of career counselling in india, which is impacting on the lives of our young.
I discovered this interviewing youth while researching for my book, What if you Love X & Marry Y? — A Young Adult’s Guide on Overcoming Fear, Finding Passion, and Choosing a Career Like a Right Life-Partner!
In My Suggestion
You can be the best career counsellor of yours if you are ready to consider self-assessment, and self-discovery. My book can help you do that! After all no body knows you better than you know yourself.
Have you ever taken any career counselling in india, where did you take it from, what was your experience? Write me about it, that may help others. And I’ll post it here. I meet students who tell their story of visiting career counsellors near them and taking online career test. But before you do the same, my suggestion, read these posts, I have created specially for you!