CAREER DESIGN/REDESIGN IS counseling, also known as career guidance, is counseling designed to help with choosing, changing, or leaving a career and is available at any stage in life. One’s career is often one of the most important aspects of adulthood, and embarking on a new career, whether for the first time, the second time, or any time thereafter, can be a stressful event, especially when economic difficulties such as recession are a factor. A career counselor can help by outlining and discussing one’s potential career options.
WHY CAREER DESIGN/REDESIGN?
You will spend a third of your life working according to studies, but a 2014 study showed that only 52.3% of Americans report being satisfied with their jobs. A fulfilling career can help prevent job stress, anxiety or depression and is important to mental well-being. When choosing the most fitting career or finding a new job when one proves unsatisfying or frustrating, Dr. Cheryl will guide you to the right career information resources, discuss your career development, and administer and interpret aptitude and ability assessments that can help anyone who wishes to change careers, leave work altogether, or explore ways to be more satisfied with a current career.
CHOOSING A CAREER
Together we assess your marketable skills, needs, and career desires in order to find a career that works for you. Researching a wide variety of potential careers may be overwhelming, and information on the skill sets and education needed for a position may be contradictory or difficult to find. Dr. Cheryl is able to provide valuable information in these areas and others.
Some of the following questions Dr. Cheryl will help you answer to narrow your focus when considering a career change:
What do I enjoy doing?
What kinds of activities are fun and fulfilling for me?
What am I good at?
What is my skill set?
What qualifications do I have, such as a degree or experience?
How much money do I need to make to feel satisfied?
What jobs are available in the place(s) I’d like to live?
Do I want to travel?
What are my values?
Is it important to me to be of service to others?
Am I looking for intensely challenging work or something relatively easy?
Am I willing to do what others tell me without question, or would I rather make most decisions on my own?
To what degree do I need stability and security?
HOW DR. CHERYL CAN HELP
A typical career design/re-design session with Dr. Cheryl, helps you explore your individual skills and strengths, consider education levels and give advice about continuing education, and determine interests and personality type. Dr Cheryl can and may administer an IQ test or an aptitude test such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator that also been shown to be useful at helping individuals determine possible careers based on personality traits. Your session will include all or some of the following:
Particular skills or talents. In which careers might they be useful?
The educational commitment required of various careers.
The potential earnings of various careers.
The daily working environment. Some people enjoy working in an office, while others might be more successful in a fast-paced or outdoor environment.
The opportunities for change or advancement in a particular career. Some careers are more flexible than others. Lawyers and doctors, for example, may shift their focus or area of specialty but will generally remain lawyers and doctors. Other careers or education paths might more allow mobility between positions in a given field.
The necessary skills/education for a desired career.
Dr. Cheryl is also able to offer advice on how to improve one’s position at a job that is, for the most part, enjoyable. For example, possible ways to earn a promotion or the best methods to negotiate a salary adjustment could be discussed.