Career as Career counsellors

Early Salary

2 - 3 L

Mid Salary

4 - 5 L

Senior Salary

8 - 10 L

Academic Pressure

Low

Job Pressure

Medium

Career counsellors assess people’s interests, personalities, values and skills and help them explore career options.

What do they do?

The primary purpose of career counselling is to help one learn how to explore university and college programmes and occupations and match one’s aptitude with various career options. Interest inventories and career tests used by counsellors help senior school/college students organise their thoughts and ideas about majors, careers and occupations.

 

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Skills Needed

. Good communication skills
. Should have a commanding per  sonality
. Should be interested in education and related industries
. One should have an analytical approach and should engage with students at a much deeper level to help them find the right career path

How do I get there?

After completing Class 12 in Humanities or Science, you can do your graduation in psychology, followed by a postgraduate diploma in guidance and counselling. A lot of people take up career counselling without a good grounding in psychology but they are not professionally equipped to administer psychometric tests, etc. Anybody who enjoys interacting with people, is sensitive to the other's needs,  and is also good at collecting detailed information and constantly updating it, can pursue career counselling as a career.

Typical day in the life of a Career counsellors

8AM: Review day’s appointments  
9AM: Have rapport-building talk with students
10AM: Conduct psychometric testing for abilities and personality types 
11AM: Schedule appointments for the counselling session 
12O'clock onwards: Hold counselling sessions 
4PM onwards: Research; information collecting and updating
5PM: Call it a day

Pros & Cons about this career

. Challenging and fascinating career . Varied skills and aspirations can lead to a number of job options

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