CAREER OPTION : Career Counsellor
The career development of every individual is a very long process and it starts when a person is born. There are several factors that influences the choice of career different people make such as interests, abilities, values, personality, background and circumstances. If you want to help people identify the right career choice to make, then you should choose for a career in career development counselling. As a career counsellor, you will be the professional who will help people from almost all walks of life, from all age groups, with different experiences and backgrounds choose the right career for their future.
You will help people make up their mind to choose a career best suited for their calibre and skills. It is your responsibility to help your clients achieve happiness with the career choice they make and excel in it. You can give counselling to anyone ranging from freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors or even an alumni. You can help them in resolving internal conflicts and educating them about the career prospects of different educational systems, courses and employment areas. With a vast number of career options open to the generation today, the demand for career counsellors have also increased.
- There is no mandatory educational requirement in order to become an educational or career counsellor.
- You must have a bachelor’s degree in any domain of your choice.
- The minimum age to pursue this career is 21.
- You must have qualifying marks in your H.S.C. (10+2) examination under a recognised board of education.
- You must have a keen interest in working with different kinds of people and organisations.
- You must be very positive and have a knack of making a connection with people.
- You must have excellent communication skills since you will be speaking throughout your career and it is important that your idea and thoughts are clearly conveyed to your client.
- You must have good knowledge and understanding of the various career options in the world and the requirements and procedures in achieving them.
- You must analytical and logical reasoning skills. These skills will help you convince your client about a particular career or course.
- You must be able to run your own business or head a team since this is likely to happen in your career.
- You must be able to conduct tests and surveys and help your clients in writing resumes and drafting mails.
How to become a Career Counsellor
STEP 1: After qualifying your H.S.C. exams in any stream, you can opt for certificate or diploma courses in subjects like career counselling, human resource development, public relation etc.
STEP 2: The admission procedure in colleges is based upon your performance in H.S.C. examinations. Some of the courses that you can opt for are Diploma in Guidance and Counselling or Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Development.
STEP 3: The course extends to a time period of 3 years. After this you can either start working or pursue a master’s degree in the same domain.
- Banjara Academy – Bangalore
- Government Degree College for Women – Andhra Pradesh
- Harivanshrai Bachhan Mahavidyalaya – Uttar Pradesh
With the opening of so many fields to choose from, the demand for career counsellors have increased rapidly. You can work with educational institutions like school and college or find jobs in social service organizations. If you have good entrepreneurial skills, you can start your own career counselling agency or start working as a freelancer.
A career counsellor can earn between Rs.1000 to Rs.5000 per client. If you have your own firm, the income per annum can get as high as Rs.12 lakhs per month or even more.