Written by: Christina Noble, Ph.D., LPC, NBCCH
Changing a career, looking for a job, or losing a job can be a major life transition. By using a variety of assessment tools, structured interviews and narrative approaches to career counseling, we help you gain insight into your personality, work style, skills, talents, strengths, career values, preferred work environment, and career development needs. We work one-on-one with you to match your personality and abilities with careers that will be rewarding for you.
Who can benefit from career counseling?
- Individuals who are currently unemployed or underemployed, or who are dissatisfied with their current work
- High school and college students who are deciding on a college major or career path
- Women returning to the workforce
- Individuals in recovery from addictions, eating disorders, or major medical issues, who are now returning to the workforce
- Retirees who are deciding on “next steps,” including second careers and adjusting to retirement
At the end of your career consultation you will possess:
- A profile of your personality type, strengths and talents, and career style
- A summary of jobs or careers that best match your talents and skills
- A clarified concept of your career goals and preliminary plan to pursue these goals
- Coaching on job search strategies, interview techniques, and resume and cover letter construction (as needed)
Successful Career Planning Includes 4 Phases:
The Assessment Process:
Career Assessments can be very helpful and provide valuable information about:
- Identifying suitable career options to increase job satisfaction
- Unfolding and clarifying more choices
- Assisting in your decision-making process
- Understanding yourself
- Selecting suitable occupations
Generating career options:
Through interviews with your career counselor, the use of various tools and exercises, and the standardized assessment inventories, you will identify a number of potential career options. Through this collaborative process between the counselor and client, you will create a profile of careers that best match you and your individual needs.
Exploring career options:
Learning about your career choices is an important step in this process. This process is greatly tailored to the client’s specialized needs and learning style. Together, you and your career counselor can work to research possible alternatives, review data on salary and job growth projections, and prepare for and conduct information interviews with individuals in the field.
Goal-setting, creating a plan and taking action:
With your career counselor, you will set goals for yourself and then take action to pursue those goals. You may decide to seek further education, enhance your skills, make changes in your current job, or seek a new job. Your career counselor can help you with preparing for any of these steps. Preparing for job search, planning for networking, writing your resume, and practicing and preparing for interviews are all actions that your career counselor can help you learn to do.
Available services include:
- Career Assessment
- Transition-planning and goal-setting
- Formulating a job search strategy
- Career interviewing and skills coaching