Planning out your career path and getting a job can be a full-time job in and of itself!
That's where a career counsellor comes in.
Their actual full-time job is to help others discover their passion and make it a reality!
What Does A Career Counsellor Do?
A career counsellor is a combination of:
Counsellor - career path planning and mental wellness development
Coach - job search, resume writing, and interview prep
Cheerleader - words of encouragement to keep clients on track
What Does A Typical Day Look Like?
On any given day you might:
Administer an aptitude test to a client and discuss the results
Counsel a client about their fear of failure and offer encouragement
Provide a client with a writing exercise to try before their next session
Assist a client with how to overcome their greatest weakness
Provide feedback on a client's resume layout or interview style
Suggest that a client take a public speaking course
A career counsellor is there as a guide: the client still needs to put in the work!
What would a career counsellor NOT do for their clients?
What Kind Of Experience Do I Need?
Exact requirements will vary between countries, regions, and jobs, but you can expect to obtain at minimum a bachelor's degree (or post-graduate certificate) in one of the following fields:
Practical experience is also essential, either through an academic program, volunteer opportunity, or internship.
Depending on the specific job and location, other requirements may include:
A Master's degree in counselling
Passing a licensing exam
Additional certifications to stay up-to-date in the field
Where Might A Career Counsellor Work?
In a school setting (secondary or post-secondary)
Clients will be students looking for career search guidance as they get closer to graduation.
At a not-for-profit
Clients will be connected with your services or seek you out because they are unemployed or searching for a low-cost counselling option
For a private company
Clients will generally seek out your services because they are looking to shift gears in their career.
As a private practitioner
You get to choose your target client demographic.
You would likely work for an employer to gain experience and credibility before pursuing an independent path.
What Can I Expect To Earn?
The annual salary for a career counsellor in Canada ranges from $39,000 to $69,000 (CAD).
The annual salary for a career counsellor in the USA ranges from $34,000 to $63,000 (USD).
You'll Love It If You...
Enjoy working one-on-one with clients
Are a creative problem solver:every client is unique
Are ok with an open-ended workflow: some clients will see you once, others for many sessions
Look For Another Career Path If You...
Prefer to work on your own
Can't stand it if there isn't a clear right or wrong approach
Operate best under specific timelines