If you’re passionate about helping people find their true calling, career counselling is a perfect fit for you! Whether you’re already a counsellor looking to provide career services, want to become a career counsellor or start your own business, this course is ideal.
Certificate of Career Counselling is an online professional development program that will provide you with the knowledge and skills to help people find meaningful careers.
In this career counselling course, you will discover the factors contributing to career success and learn how to provide job-seeking support and vocational and career guidance to adults, students and school leavers.
Throughout this course, you will develop critical counselling skills and learn how to conduct successful career counselling sessions, gaining insight into neurodiversity, psychometric testing, psychological assessments, and personality tests.
On completion of this program, you will feel confident to provide career counselling and guidance to adults, students and school leavers.
Unit - Careers Counselling
Unit 1 – Introduction: scope and nature of the industry
What is career counselling?
Listening to person’s story
Clarifying goals assisting with the decision-making process
What to be aware of
Services offered in the employment industry
Services offered in the employment industry
Assumptions underlying the practice of careers counselling
What factors can affect a person’s career choice?
Training and qualifications
Career decision making
Returning to work
Cross cultural careers counselling
Unit 2 – Nature of careers
The world of work
Elements of career building and job seeking
Do you know yourself?
Do you know the industry?
Are you physically and mentally capable?
Money, security or passion?
Self-employed or working for someone else?
Are you suited to working for yourself?
Factors contributing to career success
Changes that can occur
A Range of Options
Persistence (Staying in the game)
Unit 3 – Careers advice resources
Physical resources available which support careers
Length of involvement with the field
General knowledge of the field
Some points to keep in mind regarding employer requirements
Evaluate a qualification according to the following questions:
Experience is valued
Career case study – landscape gardener
Unit 4 – Careers services
Careers counselling services
Set goals and objectives
Creating an action plan
Goals and objectives
Forecast and timetable
Creating your action plan template
Job-seeking strategies that work
Where clients can find career assistance
Career case study – Consultant
Risks and challenges
How to become a consultant
Four keys to consulting success
Career case study – Wildlife Officer
Job opportunities in wildlife education
Risks and challenges
Where could you work?
How to become a wildlife officer
Companies or individuals
Unit 5 – Developing counselling skills
Key areas of careers counselling
Helping clients focus on reality
Helping clients identify their strengths and weaknesses
Helping clients identify opportunities
Helping clients consider all elements
Overcoming resistance from clients
Basic guidelines to active listening
Identify the problem
Establish the desire to solve the problem
Select the best possible option
Essential reality checks
External locus of control
Internal locus of control
Assessing probable cause – realistic attribution
Improving clients’ predictive ability
Unit 6 – Conducting a careers counselling session
Plan and execute an effective counselling session
Strategies to develop trust and empower clients
Preparing for interviews – neurodiverse individuals
Individuals who know what job they want
Psychometric testing for individuals still choosing a career
What is a psychological assessment?
Types of psychological tests
Referring people elsewhere
A first-session template
Unit 7 – Counselling students and school leavers
Careers counselling for adolescents
Assisting teenagers and young people who are undecided about their future direction
Careers counselling for students
Giving advice on studying
Deciding what and how much to study
Choosing a course
Workshops for students
Workshops specifically for university students
Resources for counselling students
Graduate destinations surveys
Unit 8 – Counselling adults
Identifying adult needs
The training programme
Advice and support during job hunting
Targeting potential employment opportunities
Marketing oneself more effectively
Helping employed individuals to isolate problems
Major career or workplace problems
Course of action
Easiest paths to career change
The most challenging path to career change
Focus on identifying transferable skills
Emphasise your skills, knowledge and personal qualities to prospective employers.
Starting a business
The priority – to find out as much as possible about any potential business.
Offer a product or service which is relatively unique
Use the skills & expertise the client has or obtain new skills
Get the advertising right
Get their prices and costs right
Be prepared to put in more than the client get backs (initially)
Give the highest priority to the customer
Diversify as soon as possible – but not too much
Don’t become big just for the sake of being big
Take care of staff and yourself
Writing a business plan
The role of the careers counsellor with new businesses
Unit 9 – Job prospecting
Ways of finding work
Prospecting for work
Prospecting with letters
Example of a letter
Tips on getting and keeping ajob
Understanding the client’s chosen industry
Highlight soft skills on your cv or resume
Preparing for a job interview
Unit 10 – Nurturing and growing a career
Getting a job is only the first step in a career
Case study – a career in hotel management
Scope of the hotel industry
Typical jobs or career paths
Tasks that are required
Remuneration and advancement
How to distinguish themselves from the competition
Advising clients on how to get job promotion
Estimated duration 50 hours
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