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Career Counselors

Using a Career Counselor
If you are thinking of changing your career, you may find using a career counselor very beneficial. Career counselors can help you find a personal focus and help you identify your core skills and competencies. In addition they can assist you in discovering your career goals, research different career possibilities and develop a plan of action. Career counselors can also help you in your networking skills which are extremely important when you are seeking a new line of work. When working with a career counselor you should realize that it usually takes more than 1 or 2 sessions, depending on how extensively you want to use their services. Here's brief list of other services career counselors can offer:

Finding and Selecting a Career Counselor
Selecting a career counselor should be done very carefully as you will be working closely with this individual. You also want to check to make sure they have the proper background, education and credentials. One place to do this is through the National Board for Certified Counselors (www.nbcc.org) where you can find a list of certified counselors in your state. The designation "National Certified Career Counselor" signifies that the career counselor has achieved the highest certification in the profession. It also means these professionals have earned a graduate degree in counseling or a related professional field from a regionally accredited institution, completed supervised counseling experience which included career counseling, acquired a minimum of three years of full-time career development work experience, and successfully completed a knowledge-based certification examination.

Before you decide on a career counselor you both should have a clear understanding of expectations, services provided and any fees that you will incur. Don't be afraid to ask the advisor for a detailed explanation of services, fees, time commitments, and a copy of their ethical guidelines. Be wary of professionals that promise to find you a new career immediately that will double your pay.

Your Rights
The advantage of working with a certified career counselor is that you have certain rights which they must honor. The following are a few of your consumer rights:

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