The most important part of a careers counsellor's work is
helping people identify their skills, aptitudes and abilities, as well
as their work and lifestyle preferences
From the time we can talk we're asked what job we want to do when we
grow up. Most of us make a decision in our teens or early twenties,
often without a great deal of thought, and end up on a certain career
path. Once upon a time that might have been the end of the story, but
in today's world there are few jobs for life and the chances are that
due to redundancy, technological change or boredom you're going to be
rethinking your career path at some point.
You can certainly do that on your own, but it may be more effective
to enlist the services of a trained specialist in the form of a
careers counsellor. Careers counsellors come in all different shapes,
from the high school teacher who tries to help a student clarify what
they want to do after school through to highly paid executive coaches
who help CEOs plot out their next career transition.
But essentially, a careers counsellor provides advice to someone who
either wants to (re)enter the labour market (such as a new graduate, a
woman returning to the workforce after raising children or a worker
who has been made redundant) or who is employed but contemplating
The most important part of a careers counsellor's work is helping
people identify their skills, aptitudes and abilities, as well as
their work and lifestyle preferences, in order to determine what kind
of careers they are likely to find fulfilling and enjoyable. They may
also alert their clients to education or career options they didn't
know were available, give them advice on job-seeking strategies, help
them construct a polished CV and simulate job interview scenarios with
them to improve their interpersonal skills.
TAFE NSW has highly qualified careers
counsellors on staff who can advise you on everything, from what
course of study will help you achieve your career goals through to
what kind of jobs are a good fit with your personality and value system.