Before we start talking about anything at all, we would like for you to take a minute and think. Think about everyone in your life. Your father, your mother, your siblings, your cousins, pretty much anyone who has a job. Now, ask yourself this, are they happy with their job? Not with the money that comes with the job, not with the fringe benefits, and not with the co-workers, but with the job itself. We don’t really consider it, but most people around us don’t really enjoy what they do. And that’s not always because times are tough, or the job market is impossible, but it is also because of lack of knowledge. In many cases, when people are picking careers they go for those that they have heard things about. You should become a doctor because it earns the most money, become a CSP officer because it has the most perks and so on and on. But is that always the case? No. In fact, in many cases, people step into these fields because of this kind of talk and then they realize that this is not the case at all. But by then it’s far too late to change your mind. So, in order to make sure you don’t end up like this, all you have to do is follow these two steps that we at My Career Dreams came up with especially for you.
What is Career Counselling?
Career counselling usually consists of one on one sessions provided by professionals. Putting it very simply, they are designed to help people decide a career. And while that may be the essence of what they do, they are much more than that. Career counselling is meant to provide students a safe space to discuss their future plans, aspirations, fears, goals and pasts, which is later evaluated to help them reach a conclusive and life-changing decision. How many times have you heard someone say `` oh look at person XYZ, they’re a doctor and their life is so good, you should opt for medicine as well! And while this conversation takes place, person XYZ is crying out because the stress of medical school is too much for them. The reason why certain careers are glorified is that they are put on a pedestal by people who don’t know the realities of the career. A person who has never studied or worked in the field will never know about the field, whether they’re someone’s mother, father, sister, brother, best friend or whatever. This is why you go to a licensed professional, someone who really knows the inside of the career you want to get into or someone who has enough background knowledge on education and career in order to guide anyone.
Benefits of Career Counselling:
It has been argued by many students and even by a number of professionals that expecting a mere child to make a decision as huge as picking a career can be too much of a burden on them. Many say that students are too young, too naive to make such a life changing decision. Some say most students lack the decision making skills required to make this call. And some even argue that students do not have enough knowledge about the fields they chose before they are already an active part of them. And while all these arguments are valid, it cannot be ignored how much easier this decision has become because of career counselors. Not only are they professionals with knowledge and experience but they are also equipped and trained with essential decision making skills. They use all this training and experience to help students who are confused or lost and even those who just need additional guidance. Still unconvinced? Book an appointment with one of our career counselors to find out for yourself.
Most of the time, especially with students, goals aren't clear. They’re there, but not in a way that makes sense. Some may say I want to make it to Wall Street with no clue about what it takes to actually make it there, some may want to enter the political world but don’t know-how. That’s where a career counsellor steps in. They take a vague idea inside your head and help you map it out into a solid game plan for the future. Without proper career counselling, students with great potential may end up going to waste. And after years and years of watching brilliant minds struggle just because of lack of guidance, we came up with My Career Dreams, a career advisory service that helps students figure out what field to opt for and connects them to some of the best career advisors in the business, so no potential leader is wasted.
Determining Weaknesses and Strengths:
We live in incredibly competitive times. During these times, it's hard to get a job, it's hard to get a decent position, it’s hard to make decent money and on and on. Given this immense pressure, students try to take the ‘easy way out’, by opting for a career that's either hot in the market or guaranteed to earn you money. For instance, these days anything IT is in demand, and students are desperately trying to specialize in it, without considering their own strengths or weaknesses or if this field is meant for them. So, what's a better option then? Doing something you’re bad at for the sake of it, or playing by your strengths and excelling in your field. The answer may seem obvious, but many hopeless and overwhelmed students are too riddled with anxiety to make this call. We here at My Career Dreams realize what a huge leap this may be for many students, which is why all our advisors are trained not only in their respective fields but also in recognizing patterns amongst students that others may not.
Helping with Mistakes:
For most of us, making the wrong career decision is our worst nightmare. And understandably so, since for most of our lives picking a career is presented as such a one time decision and that too a do or die one. However, many professionals tend to disagree with this myopic view, and rightfully so For those who seemingly made the ‘mistake’ of picking ‘wrong careers’, or are halfway through training for one, realize that they may not be the best fit for this, career counselling is the way around this. They can speak to a career counselor about their new interest, or why they've lost interest in the field theyre pursuing and so on and reach a decent decision instead of compromising and ending up with something they hate.
Anything career related has the tendency to be very life consuming. Most of us are raised with the ideals that your career needs to be what you live, breathe and eat. And the recent shift in work culture has made the idea of overworking or ‘’hustling’’ fashionable. A lot of professionals, all the way from recruiters to career counselors disagree with these ideals, because they always see people dealing with the ugly side of this toxic culture. Which is why the focus is on finding a decent balance between achieving your goals and living your life, and this may come as a surprise, but career counsellors can be immensely helpful with this. They realize you're not just a robot designed to reach a goal or complete a task, but a person with feelings and the tendency for burn out, and this realization coupled with their experience helps many find the right balance between their careers and their personal lives.
The Importance of One on One Career Counselling:
Career counselling is one of the many things in this world that is on a complicated slope. One half seems to reject it or be completely ignorant towards it, while the other half seems to be cashing in on it. Outside every other event, on any other page or platform that is meant to be for young people, you see someone or the other offer career counselling. And while availability is a great thing, is this real career counselling? No. Most of these people are just here to cash in on their own success. They talk about individual experiences and try to sell personal ideologies. That's not career counselling.
Which brings us to the question, what is real career counselling?
For starters, real career counselling is done face to face. The counsellor speaks to the student or the person looking for advice personally and professionally. The session is about the person seeking advice, not the person giving it. And more importantly, the session is conducted keeping the receivers experience, personality etc in mind in order to help them reach their goals and therefore needs to be done in a one on one session and accomplish or work towards accomplishing the following:
Picking a career, and the time during which students have to make this decision is a very anxiety inducing and very troublesome time. Most students have a thousand questions on their minds, starting all the way from being able to get their dream degrees and ending at affordability. These are very legitimate and very troubling issues and need to be treated as such, since every individual has their own problem and every problem has its own solution. Hence career counselling sessions should not only be focused around giving advice but also specific issue related advice and work towards solving these. The advisors at Mycareer Dreams are trained to not only provide career guidance but also to understand that students go through immense trouble when it comes to career picking. Which is why all our sessions are one on one, specifically designed in order to accommodate students only.
Establishing Effective Communication:
The most important thing about good career counselling is the presence of a safe space. Anyone receiving career counselling needs to be able to talk about their experiences and their life in peace. This can hardly be done in a group, let alone a giant hall full of people. In cases such as this, students come under pressure and dont bring up their personal problems and end up receiving generic advice. One on One meetings eliminate this problem by focusing on one person at a time through a personalized environment.
Still have questions? Check out our website My Career Dreams to find out more today.