Stop Stressing and Talk to a Career Counsellor

Each and every one of us is a mixing bowl of potential, filled with individual talents and skills, dreams and desires, goals and an eagerness to accomplish something. But how do we  blend all those ingredients together to end up with a career we excel at and enjoy?

This question, and the adventure we undertake when we answer it, can arise at any point in a person’s life, but it begins for most when they are entering their senior years of high school. It’s a common rite of passage: students facing choices  when several post-secondary directions beckon.  Which field should you pick? Where do you want  to go to college or university? Is going directly to  employment after secondary school an option?  What about apprenticeship training?
No one can speak for everyone, but it is clear that making those choices at that early age can be  a heavy burden.

However, there are ways to reduce the anxiety—people and services you can turn to in order to help you make the smartest decision for your future.

When we look for sources of help, we find that the options are virtually unlimited. Let’s forget  that the online world exists and go traditional for  a moment. To start, make a list of all the people  in your life that you could go to for advice about  anything. By the time you are finished, the size  of the list will almost certainly amaze you. Don’t  leave anyone out—parents, friends, other family  members, coaches, teachers, and guidance  counsellors. Include them all. Each will have different  perspectives and offer you different styles  of advice.

Speak to each of them and compile what they say into an overall picture. Evaluate what they say  carefully. All this is important, because you’re making  a choice that will shape the rest of your life.

Yes. Go and speak to a career counsellor

Of course, there’s another choice that in some ways is simpler. You can go and speak to a career counsellor who works at one of the local post-secondary institutions. They answer these questions every day and are always happy to help someone shape their future. A good example of someone who’s benefited from career counselling is Ally Bottero, a 22-year-old public relations student at Algonquin College in Ottawa who started her post-secondary career taking film studies at Carleton University. After a couple of years, Bottero realized that, though she loved film studies, she wanted to make a change to something else.

“I went into the registrar’s office at Carleton and ended up speaking with one of their career counsellors. I told her that I didn’t know what direction I was going and I thought that maybe I needed a change. We chatted for almost an hour and through the entire chat we somehow ended up talking about the PR program at Algonquin College. It turns out I have the right mindset for communications. I don’t know if I would have found my way there if I hadn’t spoken to a career counsellor—and I couldn’t be happier with the choice I made,” said Bottero.

Granted, the personal conversation approach won’t work for everyone, but there are useful online tools and services that are available all the time and make an excellent fallback option. Such services can be a less subjective and more comprehensive source of career counselling information. For many, it’s produced great results.

It’s a Juggle

It’s a Juggle is an effective and easy-to-use career counselling and advancement tool available free for anyone. The original concept for It’s a Juggle came from Dr. Linda Pardy, Senior Partner at The Pardy Group, who conceived it as as a toolkit for building sustainable career success.

“We design sustainable student success for the 21st century workplace,” Pardy says. “To do this, we work with higher education and business leaders to support learners in achieving ongoing success in a complex economy.” As a professor of communications and a business partner, Pardy straddles the worlds of business and education, giving her a rich perspective from which to offer help. That help is crucially important, she says, because it helps learners “build better life stories.”

Essentially, the site offers a step-by-step planning platform that can help you answer all of the questions that arise while you plan your future. Everything from academic planning, career assessments, career planning, advice to both entrepreneurs and small business owners, all the way through to managing your mental health throughout the process can be considered through using this tool. After reviewing what the site has to offer—and knowing that I am already happily placed in my dream career in communications—I can see how much easier the path would have been if I had known about this at the beginning.

Life is complex. Tools help

There are some extremely specific tools online to help with individual aspects of your plan.  It isn’t your typical “college finder” app because it has a far more personal feel. This planner will walk you through the process of finding the perfect post-secondary school, allowing you to search out programs and schools by asking about your interests, the subjects you like, and any schools you might have your heart set on already. I believe this to be a far more pertinent way to go than just trying to answer the cliché question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Obviously, careers are not what they used to be, nor are the people who pursue them. Rarely do you see students coming fresh out of high school with all the answers—though they might think they have them—and moving directly onto their life’s pursuits. The world is just not that simple anymore. It’s quite typical for people to follow multiple career paths, by choice or by circumstance, before they eventually retire from the working world.

Career counselling makes life easier for all demographics. We all face challenges moving through life and no one can truly say they knew or know where exactly they should be heading. Ask the questions, find the answers, and plan your future. Not an easy task, I know, but there are many services available to help you make the important decisions.for more info, check out avant career


How to create A Vision For Your Career

All of life’s journeys begin with the phrase, “I want.”

Think about your career and the times when you said “I want.” Maybe you said “I want” go to college-and then enrolled in school and completed your degree. Maybe you said “I want” to work for a large or a small company-and you are working there now. Maybe you said “I want” to lead teams-and that’s one of your current responsibilities. “I want” is a very powerful phrase. Without it, it’s hard to go very far.

Imagine going on a trip without selecting a destination beforehand. What would you pack? How would you get there? Where would you stay? Your trip probably would not end up being much fun.

It’s the same with your career. Not being able to visualize your desired result leads to results not happening. Goals are reached when you decide what you want, and then take action to get it. Without an end in mind, you will wander aimlessly; and as long as you are aimless, you will be wasting time. You will feel lost. You will be like a stray leaf, going wherever the wind takes you.

What’s a Vision?

My definition of a vision is a visualization or a picture of where you see yourself in the future. Your picture can be one of where you want to be in a day, a week, a month, a year, or even farther into the future. The visualization of your goal is what compels you to move forward. A vision is a snapshot of what you want your career and life to look like in the future. This snapshot gives your journey a clear and reachable destination and provides focus.
All goals are reached in the mind first. You see yourself both achieving that goal and experiencing the satisfaction it will bring you once you are there. This picture is what will help you to persevere during times of doubt. Your picture of success will give you purpose, power, and excitement. Your picture will give you a reason to get out of bed every day.

How do you create a Vision?

Close your eyes. Let your imagination take over. Get in touch with what you really want and what is important to you. Ask yourself meaningful questions. Let the answers come to you.

What Questions will help get you to a Vision quickly?

Here are some questions you can ask yourself:

If it was possible, what would be different in my career?
What type of job would I have?
What would I be responsible for?
What type of boss/co-workers/team would I have?
What kind of hours would I work?
What type of company would I work for?
What sort of culture would the company have?
What city would I live in?
How much money would I make?
How would I handle stress, my workload, and deadlines?

Once you have thought about these questions, it is time to get your answers down on paper. There are no right or wrong answers to these questions. The answers are what is true for you-not what someone else wants for you, but what is truly in your heart. Listen to yourself, and your answers will be the perfect ones for you. Once you have your vision, then it’s time to make it real. So, what do you say? You only have one life to live, so it might as well be a life you love!for more info, check out avant career