Debunking Career Counselling Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction
Career Counselling Myths – In this episode, Ms. Suchitra Surve talks about some myths related to career counseling. The first myth is that aptitude test does not assess skills for music/sports/performing arts. Careers in dance/sports/performing arts are talent-based. To date, we do not have tests to assess these areas. The only thing, that drives these careers are passion and talent. To identify this talent, patience & potential are required to pursue these careers.
One of the aspects that needs to be understood is that these fields require certain training and this training can begin from the age group of 4-5 years and can last for 10 to 20 years but there has to be an inbuilt talent that the child should have and a lot depends on the perseverance and the training taken to pursue these careers.
The second myth is that no new courses or information were recommended in the counseling session. It is easier to access information through many popular search engines & WhatsApp forwards. So many parents come with the idea that we will be getting something different or new and also there are parents who feel courses suggested are 25 years old when they were studying.
You need to understand that we are talking about academic pursuits and academic concepts. Concepts will not change be it of accountancy or sciences. Yes, the type of course, may evolve over time but the basics will remain the same as we are talking about curriculum. Hence there is a possibility you might be suggested careers out of the available options.
Our aim at Growth Centre is to suggest courses and careers that are recognized and well-accepted by the industry both in India and Abroad. The third myth is new/different/off-beat / happening careers will be suggested in the session.
You need to understand that different careers will happen once you have completed the course or education. The aim of education and academics is to equip you with basic concepts and theories from which you will be able to develop and evolve in new careers.
There are many upcoming careers that may not have a formal course available. You may have to opt for short-term/part-time courses or learn on the job. Keep writing to us so that we can demystify myths related to career counseling.
Frequently Asked Questions about career counseling myths and facts
1. Myth: Career counseling is only for people who are unsure about their career path.
Fact: Career counseling is beneficial for everyone, including those who want to explore new opportunities, enhance their current career, or gain clarity and direction in their professional journey.
2. Myth: Career counselors simply tell you what career to choose.
Fact: Career counselors don’t make career decisions for you. Instead, they provide guidance, assessments, and information to help you make informed decisions that align with your interests, skills, and goals.
3. Myth: Career counseling is expensive and only for high-paying jobs.
Fact: Career counseling services come in various price ranges, and many counselors offer affordable options. Career counseling is valuable for all careers, not just high-paying ones.
4. Myth: Career counselors can guarantee job placement or success.
Fact: Career counselors can’t guarantee employment or success, but they can equip you with the tools, skills, and strategies to increase your chances of achieving your career goals.
5. Myth: Career counseling is a one-time session, and that’s all you need.
Fact: Career counseling can be an ongoing process. It often involves multiple sessions to explore options, set goals, and make adjustments throughout your career journey.
6. Myth: Career counseling is only for recent graduates.
Fact: Career counseling is for people at all stages of their careers. It can help professionals transition to new roles, navigate career changes, or find more fulfillment in their current positions.
7. Myth: Career counselors only focus on job hunting and resume writing.
Fact: While job searching and resume writing are part of the process, career counseling covers a wide range of topics, including skill development, networking, work-life balance, and long-term career planning.
8. Myth: Career counseling is a lengthy process that takes years to see results.
Fact: Career counseling can provide immediate benefits by helping you clarify your goals and make informed decisions. The duration varies based on your needs and goals.
9. Myth: Online career assessments can determine the perfect career for you.
Fact: Online assessments are helpful tools but should be used in conjunction with personalized counseling. Your career path depends on many factors beyond a test result.
10. Myth: Career counselors only work with individuals; they don’t help with corporate career development.
Fact: Career counselors can work with individuals, teams, and organizations to enhance career development, leadership skills, and employee satisfaction.
11. Myth: Career counseling is a sign of weakness or indecision.
Fact: Seeking career counseling is a proactive step toward personal and professional growth. It shows a commitment to making informed choices and achieving career success.
12. Myth: Career counselors are therapists who deal with personal problems.\
Fact: While career counselors address work-related issues, they are not therapists. They focus on career-related goals, such as skill development, job satisfaction, and career planning.
13. Myth: Career counseling is only for major career changes, not minor adjustments.
Fact: Career counseling can be beneficial for both major transitions and minor adjustments, such as improving job performance, communication skills, or work-life balance.
14. Myth: Career counselors have all the answers.
Fact: Career counselors guide and support you in finding your own answers and making informed decisions based on your unique circumstances and aspirations.
15. Myth: Career counseling is a one-size-fits-all approach.
Fact: Career counseling is tailored to your specific needs and goals, ensuring that you receive personalized guidance and support on your career journey.