Hmmmmm! What do I want to be when I grow up? What do I really want to be?
This is a question that plagues people of all ages, even those of us who look from the outside like we're grown up already.
Some of us are lucky enough to know that we want to help people make that very important decision. For us, counseling education is the course we should follow.
Career counseling education is a vital part of the standard high school education. There is perhaps no time in life when the question looms larger and it can seem overwhelming without the wise guidance of a counselor trained to help identify aptitudes and assist with a plan for the future.
High school graduation isn't the only time to turn to career counseling education assistance. College graduates usually have a rather clearly defined career path in mind by the time they've completed their required class work but the details may remain a bit blurred. Seeking counseling from a campus advisor may save a lot of frustration later when seeking employment after college.
Vocational, technical, and trade schools all offer counseling education as a part of their curricula, too. As a rule, these schools are devoted to career training, as opposed to overall education, and the assistance of a counselor who can help find the perfect job is an invaluable resource that shouldn't be overlooked.
One very important aspect of counseling education is that it is available before extensive study or training is begun. Through a series of simple tests, questions, and discussion sessions, a career counselor can help a student identify his or her strong points and interests and match them to a career that uses them effectively.
Almost as good as identifying the positive is identifying the negative and that, too, is something that is included in effective career counseling education. The same series of discovery exercises that pinpoint the positives also pinpoints the negatives.
Identifying the negatives is not a bad thing meant to emphasize weaknesses, however, and an effective career counseling education will make that clear. Identifying the negatives just means that the student is likely to see how and why he or she isn't suited to a particular career.
For example, a very social person is likely to learn in career counseling education that he or she is probably not a good candidate for astronomy, since the astronomist spends lots of time alone at night in remote locations to plot the paths of celestial objects. Instead, the hospitality industry might be a more positive match for the socially oriented student.
Some of us spend our lives wondering what we should be when we grow up. We claim it keeps us young at heart and curious of mind.
Some of us can't stand the constant question and, for these people, especially, some time exploring career counseling education can be a very rewarding endeavor.