Need Career Assistance? High schools have school counselors (albeit with limited time to focus on major and career decisions), colleges and universities have career and academic advisors (although many do not have time and resources to service alumni) but what does the vast majority of the population do for assistance in making career decisions? Where do people who have never attended college go for career assistance? Who do they go to with assistance in learning how to apply for jobs or create resumes in this new world of work? How can the person who is trying to determine how to transition to a new career get started in a new direction?
At Harrisonburg Career Coaching, we guide individuals in all aspects of their career development! Do you realize that one needs career development throughout their entire lifespan? At the secondary and college level we start trying to determine who we are and what occupation best fits to help one determine our initial major and path. However, through your entire life you are making important career decisions. You are the CEO of your own career. Every time you make a job change you are re-evaluating your work values in congruence with the stage of your career and existing opportunities. Often people are trying to determine if relocation is necessary to make a transition.
It sure helps to have some objective support during this decision-making process. As a college advisor and counselor, I have constantly had parents comment about how they need assistance figuring out what to do within their own careers. Right! Making a decision based on the new world of work and economy is difficult at best. Keeping up with market trends, new occupations and geographical opportunities is a fulltime job. Career counselors do all of the above as well as helping to guide the client in sorting through values, interests, skills and emotions related to making a decision.
Career Counselors can help people with the following: self-awareness, finding and utilizing educational/occupational information, decision making, career planning, job search strategies and coping with career challenges and transition issues. Check out the link from the National Career Development Association for more information:http://www.ncda.org/aws/NCDA/pt/sp/home_page.
Statistics show that due to the extended lifespan, individuals will have over seven career changes throughout their lifetime. Few people have the luxury of staying with one company for 20-30 years much less an occupation. As humans we grow and evolve. We like to be continually challenged and experience all that life has to offer! It is a normal thing to grow in your career and experience a range of closely-related jobs.
If I examine my own personal career path, I started in human resources/recruiting, college admissions and evolved into the career counseling field. I have worked in a variety of environments ranging from transitioning individuals in military, federal government, secondary schools and four different colleges and universities. Each time I made a change I had to evaluate the nature of the job, culture and goodness of fit for what best works with my life.
Finally, the baby boomers are working longer and desire to be doing work that is fulfilling and contributes to society. Many people have found that assistance researching and evaluating their options is extremely valuable to their success as they transition to their new role. We can help you determine a plan for your encore career. You have one life…we hope you choose to live an authentic one!
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