Counselling & Guidance
Students are in constant need of Career counseling for channelizing their growth and knowledge. Guidance is given to students to equip them to face the tasks and challenges posed by MNCs. A few students are always eager to prepare for higher education abroad, to appear for exams like the Combined Defense services, Civil Services, Merchant Navy etc. Students are appropriately counseled and guided for Internships, GATE and other entrance exams as well as other Government services.
Steps in the Counseling Process
- Establish a safe, reliable environment.
- Clarify: Help the persons put their concerns into words.
- Active listening: find out the client’s agenda
- a) Paraphrase, summarize, reflect, interpret.
- b) Focus on feelings, not events.
- Transform problem statements into goal statements.
- Explore possible approaches to goal.
- Help the person choose one way towards the goal.
Develop a plan (may involve several steps)
- Make a contract to fulfil the plan (or to take the next step)
- Summarize what has occurred, clarify, and get verification.
- Get feedback and confirmation
Book keeping counseling sessions
Proper recording and registering of the Counseling 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 an 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 counseling 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 for clarification from the speaker
- Provide information in a simple way using visual aids as much as possible
- Ask appropriate and effective questions and use open-ended questions
- Allow youth to ask questions and seek clarifications
- Recognize and take advantage of teachable moments