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Why should I see a career counsellor?

By Katie Roberts
Career Counsellor

When I was seven I wanted to be a pharmacist because I liked the colour of the carpet in the local chemist. At thirteen, I changed my mind and decided I wanted to be a chiropractor because my mother told me they earned a lot of money.

After completing Year 12, I enrolled in a combined Commerce/Law degree. During my first year at university, I became increasingly disillusioned and started to question the reasons behind my career choice. Money and prestige appeared to be the main motivators, while my true interests were never taken into account.

Many people have preconceived ideas of the career path they wish to take. Often, they enrol in a TAFE or university course for the wrong reasons and become discontented, changing courses after six or twelve months. In order to make an informed decision, it is important people understand the choices that are available to them and the future opportunities to which these may lead.

Career Counsellors provide individuals with direction and advice on the careers in which they would be happiest. A career assessment enables them to determine where their true interests lie, identifying careers that are most suited to their personality, interests, strengths and values.

After completing a career assessment, I came to terms with the fact that I would never become a lawyer. Instead, I discovered that psychology was the field in which I was truly interested. Subsequently, I enrolled in a science degree, during which time, I had the opportunity to study in the United States on a scholarship program.

Upon graduating, I travelled to London and worked as a consultant for TMP Worldwide (now known as Hudson), an international recruitment agency. It was during this time that I developed my interest in becoming a career counsellor and learning more about career assessment tools.

Thankfully, I discovered a career that I find interesting and rewarding, and at the same time, can share my experience and provide guidance to individuals who are in the difficult situation of choosing a suitable occupation. Had I seen a Career Counsellor earlier, I may have saved myself $8000 in university fees and many weekends spent writing essays on contract law.

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