What is Career Counseling? Everything You Need to Know.

Sometimes referred to as career guidance, career counseling is a process to help you make a career change. If you are early in your career, you may choose to work with a career counselor to choose an occupation. For individuals who have been in the workforce for a while, career counseling could be a way to leave one career and start another. 

Many experience job changes throughout their careers. There can be unexpected changes when a business needs to downsize during a recession and there are also planned shifts, such as when individuals decide to move to another area and choose to seize the opportunity for a job change as well. Wherever you are on your working journey, an employment expert can help if you are seeking income and new skills. Connect with Staffing Network to learn more.

Career Counseling Can Happen in a Variety of Ways

When you are seeking career advice, support can come from a range of people. For example, there are some free career counseling services offered through state programs. Others choose to hire an individual who has experience placing clients or working as a life coach. If you are just leaving school, there are likely services on campus to help you choose a career as well. 

Some questions a counselor may ask, or that you may want to ask yourself, when weighing the pros and cons of different job choices:

  • What type of work do you currently enjoy?
  • How much money do you need to earn to afford the lifestyle you have or want to have in the future?
  • What skills do you have to offer an organization?
  • Is it important that your work is in line with certain personal values?
  • Do you want work that is challenging or easy?
  • What types of skills would you be interested in learning?
  • Are you interested in moving from position to position or do you crave job stability?

After talking through these types of questions during your counseling session, your counselor may talk to you about what options you currently have available, taking your desires, past experiences, and education into account.

In the end, a counselor could offer you a list of possible positions to pursue. Or, they may offer you paths to improving your current situation, such as an employee who may be more satisfied at work if they are able to earn a promotion or negotiate a raise. 

Earning an Income During a Career Change

While choosing a career, you may need to earn an income to support your life while you make a job transition. There are ways to merge your career change and job needs. Temporary work is an opportunity to try new industries and learn new skills while securing a steady paycheck. 

Is it time for you to explore a new way to earn an income? Staffing Network is a full-service staffing and recruiting firm that specializes in light/skilled industrial, engineering, and operations professionals. Let our experts help you find the best position for you. Connect with Staffing Network today.