As I step into the blog world today for the first time, I am excited to challenge myself to share my thoughts of career counseling and advising with you. I am passionate about career advising and want to share many of my beliefs with others in the field as a way to help all of us serve our clients better.
Just so you know, I call it ‘career advising’ because most people who are providing career advice are not “counselors”. Even though it is typically called “career counseling” that is not what most of us are doing. We are advising students and clients to choose college majors, or to decide on what to do after they earn their GED, or what will I do after I get out of the military, etc… Some of us do career counseling but it is important that we use words that describe what we do to clients. If you are not a counselor, but call yourself a “career counselor” be thoughtful about the message you are sending to the students or clients you work with. In the Career Development Facilitator (CDF) class I teach, we talk about actually having a sign in the office that describes what services you provide and what services you do NOT provide. Don’t assume your students/clients know.
My passion is helping career professionals provide quality services to whoever they serve and I hope this blog will give you insight into my beliefs on how to do that.
For now, have a great day and please let me know what you think about my thoughts here.
Jim Peacock is the Principal at Peak-Careers Consulting and writes a monthly newsletter for career practitioners. Peak-Careers offers discussion-based online seminars for career practitioners focused on meeting continuing education needs for CCSP, GCDF and BCC certified professionals as well as workshops for career practitioners and individual career coaching.
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