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Why do you need a career counselor?

Date Added: January 21, 2012 07:28:20 AM
Author: dhara shah
Category: Business & Economy: Business Schools

Have you watched TV programs where the viewers ask question to the astrologers, and he or she will suggest you some remedies? [Well I am not making fun of astrology; it is an ancient science, so I can never make fun of it]. So, if you are a regular viewer and have paid a little attention, you will realize that a large number of young people typically ask queries about “their careers”. So, what I want to say is that “career” is the most crucial phase of one’s life – good career means good salary, reputation in the society and above all it makes you attain the topmost level in Maslow's hierarchy of needs i.e. self-actualization. But, we could see (especially in our country) that due to inadequate and ineffective career counseling services, the candidate do not get job, that they truly deserve, in spite of their qualification and talent. The concept of vocational guidance is comparatively young in our country; it is something that is being practiced in the western countries since a long time. However, nowadays, job seekers in India have started taking assistance from qualified and trained career development professional, before enrolling they enroll themselves in Job placement agencies. The reason being, it gives an idea to a fresher or an unemployed individual about their potentials and limitations, which could help them to set some realistic targets. As a result of high competition in the corporate world as well as raised acceptance level of the employers, it is advised that anyone and everyone who is employed should drop in for some career counseling services at regular intervals, as this involves lot of introspection or self-exploration, which in a way help an individual to identify his area of interest, his strength, (in terms of his I.Q. and E.Q), subsequently making him or her confident enough to take decisions, by considering various internal and external aspects. A large number of youths are generally disoriented and have no focus – no future goals. Professional support from a counselor will help the individual to set their future goals and strive hard to achieve it. A majority of job placement agencies only assists in getting a job, but career counseling inspires the person to give his or her best and build up a robust career. It integrates both – the psychology of a person and other external factors like the current trends in the market. Different service sector have seen tremendous growth in the past few years, which has resulted in an increased number of confused job seekers [particularly the fresher], good career counseling services helps the individual to explore different career options. An accomplished vocational guide will even examine the hidden aspects of one’s personality subsequently making it easy for them to develop realistic future goals as well as support them in taking decisions about their career by exploring and assessing their education, training, work experience, interest, skills and personal traits, through a series of aptitude and achievement tests. Some individuals are gifted; they do not need any guidance, but most of us do not fall in this category. We require accurate source who can give right directions. Career counseling services are such service that makes sure the candidate gets what he or she deserves.
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