Uttam Chand

I want to be a career guide. What should I study for become a career counselor

I have done B.A. I have registered for M.Ed. with IGNOU.

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RE: I want to be a career guide. What should I study for become a career counselor

Aparna M Venkatesan
Aparna M Venkatesan
Verified Career Expert
PhD Management And Organizational Psychologist
  • Hosur

Congratulations on completing your BA. I see you have registered for an M.Ed. and I suppose it could be completed only after a B.Ed right? So have you completed a B.Ed. already? You have indicated that you would like to become a career counselor. Well, interesting! But may I know what drives you to take up this profession? You have constructed a good career graph in the academic teaching and I see you are also moving on to do an M.Ed. and in this case, studying Career Counselling Online is totally in non sink to your past career profile. Completing the M.Ed you could become as a teacher in schools and some colleges too. However taking up a career counselling course is like going into a new path, deviating from your existing education path. So think well if you want to take this risk and really study a course in career counselling.

You may also take up the psychometric assessment test from this website to ensure if you are taking up a right choice and are going in a right direction. Additionally send a few calm minutes to question yourself, why you want to study career counselling. If you feel right and are confident about choosing this profession then please move ahead with this.

To become a career counselor, it is often essential to have grounds in Psychology subject as this profession uses soft skills the most and it could be developed only by studying a psychology degree. However I remember you have already completed a BA so why dont you study an MA/ MSc in Applied Psychology or Counselling psychology? Choosing this degree will equip you with in depth knowledge on developing your personality and professional skills that might be deemed necessary in a counselling profession.

In case, you are unable to do a two year masters, you may also do a one year diploma/ postgraduate diploma in counselling psychology or Online Career counselling. This is treated merely equivalent to the MA/ MSc degrees though this diploma will only teach you about psychological counselling and will not give you knowledge on other areas of psychology. But if you have time and money constraints that you cannot study for more than a year or cannot afford fees for more than a year, then this one year course is apt for you. While studying this diploma, you might be necessarily asked to do a summer internship or mini project with a career consultant firm. So make good use of this opportunity and spend at least months under a career counselor and earn hands on experience in these months. Now completing your diploma with an internship, you are easily to score a career counselor job. I hope this helps.

Good luck.

RE: I want to be a career guide. What should I study for become a career counselor

Aditya Sisodia
Aditya Sisodia
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Career Consultant & Facilitator I Corporate Trainer I Professional Speaker
  • Noida

Hi Uttam,

Thank you for writing and sharing your concerns. to become a career counselor first you need to identify your target audience who do you want to counsel and guide. 

Once your target audience is clear for example is it school children/students/college students/working professionals.

You need then identify the areas your target audience require guidance/counseling on accordingly, you can identify the source of information and also make a structure of your delivery style that is best suited as per your and your participation.

Will it be group counseling, 1-1, online vs offline mode?

once above information is with you. You can see what certification would support your certification in the market and your profile to encourage participants.

Fell free to revert for any additional information.

 

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