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Career Counseling

Are you a new student just out of high school trying to decide on a career? Are you the first person in your family or generation to attend college? Or perhaps you have been a stay at home parent or other adult that’s considering re-entry to the workforce or even going to college for the first time. Still others may be unsatisfied with their current career and are exploring a change altogether. Any of these are good reasons to consider a few confidential sessions with your career counselor.

What to Expect from the Career Counseling Relationship

• A 30-45 minute initial session with an objective counselor to discuss your current career needs
• Set a flexible plan for further career assessment and/or other career exploration activities
• Follow up sessions as necessary to adjust your plan and for discussing your results and ongoing decisions
• Advanced students and graduates often re-engage counseling if significant changes in their career plans occur

Career Development and Decision Making

Those choosing to seek career counseling should be prepared for two major things.

First, realize that career decision making is a process. There is no quick “test” with right or wrong answers, or an exact set of sequential steps leading to the perfect career choice. It involves important, ongoing decisions about your education, lifestyle and chosen occupation, often made over months or years. The process will take a significant investment of your time, careful thought and effort to make the most informed and satisfying career decisions. And, it can be a fun and exciting journey. Also bear in mind that many people may change jobs or career paths a number of times throughout their lives, meaning that the career decision process is never truly completed.

Effective career decision making may involve considering any or all of the following factors:
• Current life, work and financial circumstances and needs
• Discovering more about your work related personality and interests patterns, values and potential skills
• Gaining knowledge of and experience in the work world with its many changes and opportunities
• Your current level of life and work experience and career maturity
• How well informed you are about the world of work and its ever changing options
• Important people and circumstances in your life have shaped your thinking about work
• Your own perceptions about your options, skills and abilities, etc.

Second, it is vital that you take ownership of your own career decision making and development. The career counselor’s role is to help you understand yourself better and to effectively use important career related information. Your counselor will offer suggestions and strategies for appropriate assessments and exploration activities, assist you with goal setting and planning and encourage you above all else. The final decisions about education and occupation rest with you, however.

Career decision making can be hard work. But remember, you don’t have to do it all alone! Please contact Career Services today at 704-290-5846 / careerservices@spcc.edu to arrange a confidential counseling appointment.