What You Don’t Know About Career Counseling

There are many people that call into my office after spending weeks, months or years trying to figure what they should do with their career. Depending on the individual seeking assistance for career counseling, it is likely that there are a variety of career services that might be offered. What most people don’t know is that there are a number of unknown byproducts that people gain by learning job search strategies and evaluating factors to identify new career options for themselves.

ByProducts of Career Counseling

  1. You increase your self-knowledge.  Learning more about yourself allows you find more meaning in a noisy, chaotic world. This self-knowledge increases your self confidence on both a personal and professional level.  Without understanding yourself in terms of what’s important to you or even the skills that you enjoy using. . . you are doomed to keep going down the same path you’ve been on.  In fact, these are key elements of determining your next career move.
  2. Coping skills are another byproduct of counseling. Understanding how to calm down and release stress is important in moving ahead. Having clarity and gaining a new found awareness that this unhappiness is temporary and better days are ahead sets the tone for the opening of your next chapter. In effect, we replace faulty thinking with a more empowered type of thinking. 
  3. You will learn how to make more informed education and career decisions. When you take ownership of doing research and collaboratively working with a counselor to talk about about career options, you will learn decision making skills that you can take with you the rest of your life. You can even help other friends or even your kids apply decision making skills to their lives. Without a doubt, you will become more of a resource expert on US job trends, employment outlook and related occupations.
  4. You will  gain educational and occupational information. In today’s economy, many times we have to add additional skill sets to compete against a younger, more educated work force. As it turns out, every single career counseling client that I know that went back to school said the same thing.  “This is the best thing I have done for myself. I should have done this sooner.”  Incidentally, I had the exact same sentiments.

If your thinking of what it might be like to have a Career Doctor working with you on your career-related issues, call 610.937.5632.

Or for more information on career counseling, email me directly at mindy@thomascareerconsulting.com


Author: Mindy Thomas (59 Posts)

Mindy is the founder and principal of Thomas Career Consulting. Leveraging her 25-year business background with a solid foundation of career counseling, Mindy’s expert services span career exploration, résumé writing and career coaching. Whether you’ve been downsized, fired, stuck in a dead-end job or simply don’t know what you want to do next, Mindy can help. And once the focus is clear, count on Mindy for customized one-on-one career services to personally generate powerful marketing documents ranging from résumés and cover letters to online profiles.Mindy graduated with an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Mary Washington University and received her Masters in Higher Education Counseling with a concentration in career development from West Chester University. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW), Certified Federal Job Search Trainer™ (CFJST), Certified Job and Career Transition Coach and Executive Leadership Coach. Mindy graduated from Georgetown University’s executive leadership program where she did extensive post-graduate work in the field of coaching.