Career counseling is a process that allows you to explore, discover and connect to career or major options through collaborative one-on-one meetings with a Career Development Specialist. The goal of Career Counseling is to give you the opportunity to begin exploring the elements of a career that make sense or seem to fit for you.
Career Counseling is an excellent way to address issues such as:
- Choosing a major
- What can I do with my major?
- Developing career plans
- Looking for a job/internship
- Planning for graduate school
- Changing careers
- What careers match my interests?
- How can I make a difference in the world?
Career counseling involves meeting with an appropriate counselor who will ask a variety of questions about your life plans and career intentions. They will also discuss factors that are likely to influence your decisions or that could affect your goals. Answers to the questions will hopefully assist you in realizing your career objectives. A counselor will ensure you are setting realistic targets for yourself and help you choose a career to suit your expectations and not others. If you experience pressure to enter a career that doesn’t appeal to you, you will probably be less motivated in the job role. They will also make sure you have as much information possible about the path you are considering and ensure it suits your personality.
Career Counseling can be appropriate for anyone, including freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and even alumni. The earlier you get started making intentional decisions about your future, however, the better prepared you will be.