Does Career Counselling Work?
There's no one size fits all in career counselling. People seek out different types of support and report benefiting in different ways. Here are some common benefits:
Understanding You're Not Alone
People often feel that they are the only ones facing career challenges, when in reality, the following are all common:
non-linear career paths and ending up in the wrong place despite our best efforts
working hard to get somewhere only to discover it's not really the place you want to be
taking career breaks and stress leaves
getting laid off/fired
staying at workplaces longer than we know we should
doubting our judgement after we fail to spot or pay attention to workplace red flags
doubting our skills and abilities despite being recognized by others
being scared to speak up and having no idea what to say if we tried
not fitting in on teams or relating easily to managers
People often find relief in career counselling knowing that their challenges are common and there are things they can do to overcome them instead of just trying to live with them.
Support & Encouragement
To re-group, people often just need a bit of support and encouragement and to be reminded of their strengths.
Commitment & Accountability
Working on career issues (or coming back to them after a break) can be tough. Many people use career counselling to keep focused and stay accountable.
Clarity & Structure
Having someone at your side to help guide you through a structured process can help people feel more clear about what they need to do and why.
Space & Neutrality
People who love us have often have strong opinions about what's best for us. Counselling can be a neutral place to give yourself space to think and figure out what's important to you and/or to learn more about how to navigate shared decision-making and talk to loved ones about our perspectives.
Practice & Feedback
Some people use career counselling to practice what to say and brainstorm how to approach things like preparing job applications, answering interview questions, requesting references, networking with other professionals, navigating performance reviews, negotiating salaries or discussing difficulties with co-workers. You can also ask me for honest feedback about how you present yourself to others, so that you can do your absolute best when it really counts.
People can use career counselling to develop skills that give them a competitive advantage over candidates and co-workers who do not seek additional support.
Reduce Uncertainty & Risk
I can help you figure out ways to test-drive options to minimize uncertainty and risks so those changes you want to make feel more do-able.
Give Loved Ones a Break
Career challenges often take a toll on our close relationships because they tend to take up a lot of mental energy. Career counselling can be a way to take that pressure off close relationships and make room to spend more quality time together.