Career Counseling and Coaching – Therapists and Counselors in Charlotte
Allen has sold industrial equipment for the last fifteen years. He enjoys the work, and he’s good at it, but lately he’s become concerned about a shift in the market. Allen likes having a plan, so he’s been considering options for shifting his sales focus in the coming five years. Though he generally thinks things through, he could still benefit from a couple of sessions with a career counselor. A counselor will function as a neutral third party to bounce his ideas off to make sure his plans are based on sound reasoning. A career counselor can also help him explore options Allen may not have considered.
Regardless of your reason for seeking counseling, Thriveworks Charlotte career counselors will help you consider the most effective way to move from your current circumstances toward your future goals. The majority of your day—of your life—is spent at work. Let us help you make the most of that time.
There are many reasons why people find themselves in need of career counseling. A recent college graduate, someone who recently lost their job, a mother reentering the workforce after decades of child rearing; anyone in these situations has a lot of decisions to make regarding their future.
The mention of a career counselor often brings to mind high school guidance counselors who administer an aptitude test, the results of which are often long-forgotten by the time the student must make a career choice. From the time they’re old enough to talk, we ask children, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The answers are varied when they’re young—astronaut, farmer, deep sea diver—but without help, as those children grow they are often left listing the same half a dozen popular choices—doctor, lawyer, teacher, accountant, nurse, and law enforcement.
The fact is, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of careers out there, but sometimes we need a little help finding one that best suits our interests and talents. These many options are exciting, but they can also be completely overwhelming.
Thriveworks Charlotte career counselors will help you find the job that best suits your skills, as well as fulfills your income and lifestyle needs. Some people thrive in social settings, working with others in a busy environment. Others prefer to work autonomously, having little interaction with coworkers. Personality plays a large part in determining your best career. Thriveworks Charlotte career counselors will help you understand more about yourself and then more about your best career pursuit.
One of the benefits of career counseling is that you will learn more about yourself. You may discover facets of your personality and talents that you were previously unaware of. As your understanding of yourself becomes more complete, you’ll be in a stronger position to make a career change that will bring your lasting fulfillment. You don’t have to feel stuck or unhappy in your career. You can make a change for the better. All it takes is one phone call to Thriveworks Charlotte to get started.
How Can a Career Counselor Help?
While traditional counseling is focused on helping the client improve their mental health, be it recovering from a breakup, coping with anxiety or depression, or improving relationships, the goal of career counseling is to find a path that best suits the person you are and that will allow you to become the person you want to be.
There are several ways Thriveworks Charlotte career counselors go about this process. First, you may take a personality test called the Meyer’s-Brigg’s test. Don’t worry—the only “grade” you’ll get is an answer that describes multiple aspects of your personality, including facets you may not be totally aware of. This will allow you to get to know yourself better, but also to be realistic about what types of careers you would be happiest and most successful in. You may also discuss career successes and failures to date, as well as the specifics of what you’ve enjoyed in different positions.
While income isn’t shown to drastically improve happiness, worrying about money isn’t either. A career counselor can help you set a realistic budget, taking into account bills, preferred lifestyle, and retirement planning. With that information, you and your counselor will be able to find the career choice most suited to both your personality and income needs.
One of the benefits of seeing a career counselor is that they’re simply aware of many options. The truth is, there are a thousand different career paths, probably more, but many of them aren’t as visible as the first six mentioned previously, and so often we aren’t aware of the position right outside our proverbial door that would bring fulfillment, a strong sense of purpose, and an acceptable income.
One of the most difficult things to consider when changing careers is whether you’ll need to first pursue a degree or additional certification. The desire to shift gears may be tempting, but the several steps between where you are and where you want to be often get in the way. The good news is, Thriveworks Charlotte career counselors are experts at helping clients get to where they want to be. If you do need additional education, we can help you develop an action plan to get it, including planning your time and finances so making the career shift doesn’t become overwhelming.
Thriveworks Charlotte Career Counseling
When you call Thriveworks Charlotte, we will put you in touch with a licensed professional counselor immediately. We have appointments for new clients available within 24 hours. If you’re not completely satisfied with your current career trajectory, contact us to get on the road to a new path.