The Importance Of Career Counselling For The Future Workforce

If you’ve been employed for a very long time, you might have noticed the changes that happened in the industry from the last couple of years. These changes can be pointed out when we were introduced to the concept of career counseling.

Back when we were in our school days when we say counseling, we talk about our guidance counselors and their recommendation on what career option we can take when we grow up. However, we learned the hard way that taking a career isn’t that simple. Now, this is the time where career counseling kicks in.

To give you an idea of what career counseling does, it is more than just giving out advice on what path we needed to take. Many will agree that choosing a career path can drastically change the outcome of a person’s future, and making the wrong turn can derail the plans we laid out.

What career counselors do is they identify the possible source of the personal issue of an employee and come up with a solution to fix that career roadblock. This can help both employers and employees achieve mutual gain with each other. Employees will become better in their craft and become one step closer to their career goals while employers can get all the benefits of a well-oiled business being run by fully capable employees.

People who are not motivated will not reach their career goals fast enough and career counselors bridge the gap back between the state where people were still hungry for success and the current demotivated state that they are in. Once they found the secret formula, they can use what they have uncovered and empower those individuals.

How Soon Can We Get A Career Counseling Session

Career counseling can start early, even if they are still in their primary school days. This will give children advice from a professional practitioner on how to deal with certain personal issues. Counselors also intervene in certain life scenarios, where their clients face a personal crossroads of decision that can be considered decisive and impactful to their life.

This means starting early will have significant improvements in the overall standing of the child’s future endeavors. In the modern real-world scenario of working spaces, we come across a time when we have to make a major choice. Establishing a good degree of early career counseling can help us and our kids to keep their heads in the swivel while facing tough decisions.

According to Professor Kubos Maree of the University of Pretoria, the government should hold the first step of introducing career counseling to the masses. It should also continue up until we reach the working age where most of the action takes place.

Parents and teachers should also position themselves in guiding our children for the modern needs of career counseling. The same can be said about the role of our current society.

The Current State Of Career Counseling

Professor Maree is based in South Africa and she mentioned that only a small percentage of her people have direct access to professional career counseling. One possible cause of this would be the private practitioner’s fee that can be considered as a very high investment that only selected people can afford.

She also points out the lack of training specifically made for teachers that can administer career counseling on their campus. Since education is the first step towards professional life, it is important to establish a ground while children are young and that is the most important piece that is missing in the equation.

How Career Counseling Affects The Future  

The US Department of Labor recently made a study that shows 65 percent of our schoolchildren will work on a field that is not even existing in our current market. That means changes will continue to roll. This is the reason why career counselors are essential to counter the effects of sudden changes in our working environment.

They are also vital for making sure that our kids and the current manpower that we have will not be affected too much with the sudden changes.

Based on Materials from The Conversation

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