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Finding your path in life can be an arduous task, especially when you’re dealing with pressures and obstacles such as school and family obligations. In order to make sure that you’re making the right decisions for your education and career, you need to have the correct guidance from someone who knows what they’re talking about – in other words, career counselling.
Here are ten reasons why career counselling is necessary for students.
- The first step to success – It is important for students to know what they want out of life and where they are headed. A counsellor can help them realize their goals by providing them with necessary tools such as career assessments, workshops, and job fairs. This helps students choose a path towards success in college and beyond.
- It helps you build an ideal future – One of career counselling’s biggest benefits is that it helps you build an ideal future and keeps you focused on what’s important to you. It helps you break down long-term goals into smaller, more manageable tasks.
- Let’s you create goals – A counsellor can help you determine exactly what your career goals are and how to achieve them. This is helpful for both your short-term and long-term goals, as well as those unexpected setbacks that occur along life’s path. If you know where you want to be in five years, you can use that information to get there much more quickly by setting smaller milestones. A professional counsellor will understand what these milestones are and how they will lead up to your overall goal.
- Helps you discover your skills – While it’s important to understand yourself as a person, your skills are not worth much on their own. The most valuable employees are those who have realized their skills and then channeled them into something valuable for their company. Through a series of assessments and exercises, career counselling helps you discover what your best talents are.
- Gives you hands-on experience – Starting a job early gives you hands-on experience that you won’t have if you wait to start your career after college. This allows you to learn what aspects of your field interest you and where your strengths and weaknesses lie.
- It can build up your resume – A strong resume is crucial to landing any job, but developing a solid resume can be hard if you aren’t sure what to include. A career counsellor can help you determine how to incorporate all your past experiences and accomplishments into a single document that will highlight your abilities and strengths in order to make you more appealing to potential employers. This will make it much easier for you to get your foot in the door.
- Helps you find a job – Finding a job can be hard, especially if you’re still in school. The key to finding employment before or after graduating is building relationships with people who have influence within their organizations and who are willing to introduce you as a candidate for opportunities. It also helps to have someone walk you through where you want your career to go, what steps it will take, and how long it will take to get there.
- Prevents you from making silly mistakes – Before you get your heart set on one job, you’ll want to make sure it’s a good fit for you. You can prevent a lot of heartache by talking with an expert about whether or not a certain career is right for you.
- Boosts self-confidence – Knowing that you’re on track and headed in a positive direction gives you added self-confidence. A counsellor can help you identify and pursue your strengths, interests, values, skills, personality traits and talents to help guide your career choices. You can then add these attributes to your resume and cover letter. A counsellor also helps you determine how much time is needed to reach your career goals, so you know when it’s time to switch careers or continue on with additional education or training.
- Enables right people to connect with you – While you might be passionate about your career or chosen field, your boss may want someone else with specific experience. If you don’t know how to best communicate who you are and what you can do, it’s difficult for people to place value on your experience and skills. In fact, many companies aren’t willing to hire candidates without formal experience. Your job is not just about getting a paycheck; it’s also about feeling useful and appreciated for who you are and what you do.
Malavika Kishore brings a wealth of knowledge and a nurturing spirit to her writing, drawing from her experience as a Librarian at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Kabirdham District, Chhattisgarh. Beyond her role in the library, she is a certified career and life coach, with professional affiliations including the Asia Pacific Career Development Association (APCDA), the National Career Service (NCS), and the Career Counselling Institute (CCI). Malavika's unique blend of educational guidance and life coaching expertise informs her compassionate and insightful contributions to the field of personal development.