Career Counselling and Career Choice – What direction is best?
Making a choice about career is a hard one- but if we can understand ourselves better, it makes the decision a lot easier.
We will probably all change our career direction a few times in our lives; well that is what the statistics say!
I started out with doing a Science Degree – not dreaming about ever becoming a Psychologist! They didn’t even have psychology as a subject when I went to high school. Yet during my Science Degree I learned to question the natural world and explore it further. I discovered that I loved learning, I loved the scientific approach and I loved philosophy of science.
The fact is – that to understand what career will suit us best; we need to know ourselves better.
When I was in primary school I wanted to be a Vet or a Lawyer. I had no idea at all what a Lawyer did – but thought it sounded pretty cool! After working in an office during my summer holidays, I knew I could never work in an office administration position. It just wasn’t for me, but others loved it. I also taught swimming during Uni and that was great! I discovered my love of teaching and my love of children – so I tried school teaching. I enjoyed the interaction with students and the creative side of lesson planning, but once I had taught the material, I was ready for a new challenge. I also couldn’t stand the politics or the marking- URRRR!!! Finally I decided to become a Psychologist, completing a master’s degree in Educational Psychology. I haven’t looked back – I had found a job that I really loved!
So what direction is best when making a career choice? And who can help?
Career assessments help understand individual job preferences. They also help to discover areas of job preference and interest. Career Counselling is often beneficial for young people, for they can talk about various careers openly and explore various options in a safe and supportive environment.
It is also important to talk with as many people as possible about jobs and how they came to work where they are working. Talk with friends, family and teachers – they can all help guide a young person.
My philosophy with career is the follow a path with heart. What on earth does that mean? It simply means follow the path where your heart leads you. We need to make sure that our career is connected with our true values. That way – we are doing something we really love and we are more likely to feel satisfied.
What matters is simple. We must make certain that our path is connected with our heart………When we ask, “Am l following a path with heart?” we discover that no one can define for us exactly what our path should be. Instead, we must allow the mystery and beauty of this question to resonate within our being. Then somewhere within us an answer will come and understanding will arise. If we are still and listen deeply, even for a moment, we will know if we are following a path with heart. – Jack Kornfield.