Counselling & Guidance
Students are in constant need of Career Counselling for channelizing their growth and knowledge. Guidance is given to students to equip them to face the tasks and challenges posed by MNC companies. A few students are always eager to prepare for higher education abroad, to appear for exams like the Indian Defence services, Civil Services, Merchant Navy, Internships, GATE, IIT-JEE and other entrance exams and other Government Services and such students are appropriately counseled and guided.
Steps in the Counseling Process
1. Establish a safe, trusting environment
2. CLARIFY: Help the person put their concern into words.
3. Active listening: find out the client’s agenda
a) paraphrase, summarize, reflect, interpret
b) focus on feelings, not events
4. Transform problem statements into goal statements.
5. Explore possible approaches to goal
6. Help person choose one way towards goal
DEVELOP A PLAN (may involve several steps)
7. Make a contract to fulfill the plan (or to take the next step)
8. Summarize what has occurred, clarify, get verification
- Get feedback and confirmation
BOOK KEEPING COUNSELLING SESSIONS
- Proper recording and registering of the Counselling sessions in a separate Register.
Career Counseling and career coaching are similar in nature to traditional counseling. However, the focus is generally on issues such as career exploration, career change, personal career development and other career related issues. Typically when people come for career counseling they know exactly what they want to get out of the process, but are unsure about how it will work.
Career counseling is the process of helping the candidates to select a course of study that may help them to get into job or make them employable. A career counselor helps the candidates to get into the career that suited to their aptitude, personality, interest and skills. So it is the process of making a effective correlation between the internal psychology of a candidate with the external factors of employability and courses.
Career counselors work with people from various walks of life, such as adolescents seeking to explore career options, or experienced professionals contemplating a career change. Career counselors typically have a background in vocational psychology or industrial/organizational psychology. The approach of career counseling varies, but will generally include the completion of one or more assessments. These assessments typically include cognitive ability tests, and personality assessments. The two most commonly used assessments are the Strong Interest Inventory and the MBTI. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.
One-to-One Coaching to Help with Relationship and Emotional Problems as well as Personal Development.
These techniques help assure good communication with young people during the counselling session:
- Create a positive and friendly first impression.
- Establish rapport during the first session, show empathy and reassure the young client.
- Eliminate barriers to good communication (e.g., negative attitudes, poor listening, not allowing youth to express fears or ask questions, being judgmental and impatient, etc.)
- Use “active listening” with the young client; i.e. acknowledging, confirming and asking clarification from the speaker.
- Provide information simply and use visual aids as much as possible.
- Ask appropriate and effective questions and use open-ended questions.
- Allow youth to ask questions and seek clarification.
- Recognize and take advantage of teachable moments.