Deciding what you want to do in your professional life can be extremely difficult. Identifying the things that motivate you, stimulate you and incorporate your natural abilities isn’t easy, and additional help from a vocational therapist can help you determine the best course of action. Many people are forced into jobs they aren’t interested in through social pressures or the promise of a larger pay-cheque, and this generally leads to less motivation. If you aren’t motivated in your current job, you’re much less likely to be successful, so career counselling can help you get the most out of your professional life.
Career counselling can be offered to people with cognitive, emotional, psychological, developmental or functional issues and ordinary individuals. If you or your loved one suffers from a psychological or physical condition, therapy can help identify the most suitable options for your career. Career counsellors are also adept at helping ordinary individuals identify their true goals and work towards them by pursuing a more rewarding role. Anybody who is having trouble finding work or identifying the field they wish to enter should consider additional help. Psychologists now recognise that rewarding employment can help with physical and psychological ill-health, as well as the obvious economic benefits.
Determining whether vocational therapy is necessary for you or your loved one can be challenging. Common situations in which people look for further help include feeling unfulfilled in a role, wanting to leave a current role but being unsure of where to go and a lack of enjoyment of a current role. Likewise, those with wider-ranging interests, people at a career “crossroads” and those who’ve never seriously considered the career they want may benefit from counselling. These problems are very common, and counsellors can help you find a role that suits your goals, interests and personality.
The first stage in any career counselling is identifying your specific goals and interests. The therapist will assess your career intentions by asking a series of questions to identify your life goals and any factors which could impact on them. When this assessment is complete, you work with the counsellor to develop a personal plan of action, which incorporates any necessary education and takes your personal goals, skills and interests into account. The truth is that even talking openly about your career goals with a professional can help you make a decision, because they allow you to separate your genuine goals from those forced upon you by others.
After the individual’s goals have been identified, the therapist starts to focus on the more practical aspects of finding work. They help you plan for job searches, compile portfolios of skills and find experience or placements in the field. If you’re in vocational counselling because of a psychological condition, you’ll receive help with managing the condition and finding a suitable role. This will ensure that your condition won’t be a detriment to your work, and will therefore help you find employment.
It can seem like psychotherapy isn’t required for people struggling to choose their desired career, but it isn’t always the case. Choosing what you want to do with your life is arguably one of the most important decisions you will make, and many people don’t do it correctly. A career counsellor can ensure that you don’t wake up in five years and wonder what you’re doing with your life by helping you identify your real goals and the things which interest or motivate you. If you or your loved one could benefit from career counselling, get in touch with us today!
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