Career Counseling Indianapolis

Posted on July 2, 2012

What should the Career Counseling process include?

Depending on the practitioner you visit, the process may vary. Your first session should include a face to face interview allowing you to express your vision of your future and thoughts about your own career direction. The interview should be followed with, at minimum, one respected and accepted career assessment “test.” The follow-up session should include the results of the written career assessment and the observation of the practitioner. Ethically, the practitioner should not “tell you” what you should do, but merely suggest (given your strengths) what careers may be a good fit for you. You should be given the results of your career assessment to take home with you to review as you contemplate the next step in your college or career development plan.

Following are two of the more well-known career assessments used by Career Counselors:

The MBTI instrument is based on ideas about perception and judgment, and the ways these are used in different types of people. The aim of the MBTI instrument is to identify, from self-report, the basic preferences of people in regard to perception and judgment. The different preferences indicate how an individual will behave in any given situation and how they perceive the world around them.

For example: Extraversion verses Introversion indicates whether an individual focuses on the inner world (concepts and ideas) or outer world (people and objects). Thinking verses Feeling indicates whether the person will rely on thinking (logical consequences) or feeling (personal or social values). By knowing an individual’s way of making decisions and reacting helps the individual to develop more effective skills in dealing with the world around them.

This process offers and exceptional advantage for the high school or college student contemplating a direction for the future.

The STRONG Profile is an individualized report that specifically indicates an individual’s interests and preferences and how they link to various jobs, work settings, and career fields. This profile enables individuals to discover their real interests allowing them to expand their career options and develop a plan of action toward college choices and careers.

 

Written by: Rebecca Heger, LMHC, LCAC

Rebecca is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who offers Career Assessments and Career Counseling to High School students and College students in Indianapolis. To contact Rebecca, call (317) 474-6448 x 111 or email Rebecca@groffandassociates.com

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