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Careers Counselling Level 3 100 Hours Certificate Course
Learn About Careers Counselling
Careers Counselling course online. Learn to advise others on their career choices. This accredited Level 3 course will develop your understanding of factors affecting career choices and planning, and your ability to help others plan and achieve career goals. The course is aimed at students who have prior experience or training in a related field such as counselling or social work, but will benefit anyone in their own career planning and development.
Starting or changing a career can be quite a challenge. Without help, a person can easily become discouraged or overwhelmed. If you want to help others (or yourself) make sound career decisions and set realistic career goals, this course will set you on that path. Careers Counselling involves more than just finding work for people.
"Thank you so much. It has been such a great course and have learned a lot. It was really great to meet you too and all the staff from the ADL academy whom I came across in the building. Everyone is so nice and friendly. wonderful experience. Thank you once again". Juudit A, Careers Counselling, UK
"The course was a valuable learning experience as it provided me with the knowledge and understanding for me as a Careers Advisor. The feedback was very good from my tutor, and allowed me to build upon my assignments that were marked. The comments were very informative and very useful. Well written course material." Andrew W, Careers Counselling, UK
"Thank you so much. It has been such a great course and have learned a lot. It was really great to meet you too and all the staff from the ADL Academy whom I came across in the building. Juudit, Careers Counselling, UK
Among other things, Careers Counselling may involve helping people:
- identify the best job for their skills and interests
- find any job to meet their personal and financial needs
- find a better or more appropriate job for their situation
- achieve job satisfaction through appropriate choices
- plan and cope with career changes
- better adapt to the workplace
- improve their potential for advancement in the workplace
- identify new career possibilities when circumstances change.
To be able to assist a person to understand:
- the diverse nature of employment opportunities
- the requirements for success in different types of jobs
- reasons that people hire and fire employees
- workplace conditions including contract law, industrial relations systems, health and safety issues, ethics useful contacts among employers, government departments, funding bodies, professional associations, industry experts, etc
- factors that hinder or promote a person’s job-seeking effectiveness
- trends in the local job market.
A good Careers Counsellor must be impartial and objective.
Learn more about the employment industry and about ways to help others (or yourself) develop and pursue a career path that is both achievable and appropriate.
Career Counselling is also a valuable addition to your teaching, counselling, management, life-coaching, or community services qualification. It can improve parents' ability to help their children choose suitable career paths, or student's ability to plan their own career or career change.
Lesson Structure: Careers Counselling BPS202
There are 10 lessons:
1. Introduction ...Scope & Nature of the Industry
- Definitions: career, careers counselling, counselling
- Broad employment options
- Services offered in the employment industry
- Assumptions about career counselling practices
- Cross cultural careers counselling
2. Nature of Careers ...What is a career, what makes it successful?
- Elements of career building and job seeking
- Factors contributing to career success
- Realistic expectations
- Range of options
- Case study
3. Careers Advice Resources ...Brochures, Publications, Web Sites
- Employer considerations: qualifications, experience,personality, age, adaptability, productivity, etc
- Case study
4. Career Services ....Where can people get help (Social Services, Work Experience, Education)
- Career counselling services
- Careers and vocational guidance
- Vocational planning
- Setting goals
- Job seeking supportJob seeking strategies
- Other services
5. Developing Counselling Skills
- Key areas for career counselling
- Helping clients focus on reality
- Helping clients identify opportunities
- Helping clients consider all elements
- Overcoming resistance from clients
- Listening skills
- Questioning skills
- Problem solving skills
- Essential reality checks
- Improving clients predictive ability
6. Conducting a Counselling Session
- Why people come to a career counsellor
- Strategies to develop trust
- A career counselling session
- Individuals who know the job they want
- Psychometric testing for individuals still choosing a career
- Types of psychological tests that may be used
- Referring people elsewhere
7. Counselling Students and School Leavers (with little work experience)
- Understanding youth
- Career counselling for adolescents
- Assisting indecisive teenagers
- Career counselling for students
- Giving advice on study
- Choosing a course
- Workshops for students
- Workshops for university students
- Resources for counselling students
8. Counselling Adults (inexperienced or facing career change)
- Identifying adult needs The training program
- Advice and support during job hunting
- Course of action
- Career changing
- Easiest paths to career change
- Challenging path to career change
- Starting a business
- Case study
- Writing a business plan
9. Job Prospecting
- Ways of finding work
- Supporting clients decisions
- Prospecting for work
- Tips on getting a job
- Writing resumes (CV's)
- Preparing for a job interview
10. Nurturing and growing a career once it has started
- Getting a job is only the first step in a career
- Self management for business people
- Marketing and pricing
- Case study
- Advising clients about career advancement
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
Learning Goals: Careers Counselling BPS202
- Identification of people and organisations which offer career advice or support and the services they offer
- Improved ability to distinguish successful from unsuccessful careers, and to prepare for anticipated changes in the workplace.
- Skills that will enhance your ability to guide others in the establishment or development of a career.
- Ability to plan and execute an effective Counselling Session
- Understanding and strategies for dealing with the needs of inexperienced young people.
- Identifying and meeting the needs of inexperienced adults or those facing career change.
- Understanding of how and where to find employment in the job market.
- Appreciation of the need to nurture and grow a career and plan for change.
Practical (Set Tasks)
Set Tasks and Practice
- Undertake research into the scope and nature of employment services and service providers in your region or locality;
- Research a career area to identify the kind of work involved, requirements, who offers it, trends etc.;
- Role play a counselling session to practice and evaluate your skills in helping a client with a issue;
- Conduct research to improve your understanding of what careers counselling entails.
- Plan a careers counselling session, including the session goal, timeframe, and anticipated issues;
- Discuss career concerns with young people who are leaving or have recently left secondary school;
- Discuss with adults their experiences of career change;
- Plan strategies to assist young and adult clients deal with common and important identified issues.
- What is Involved in Careers Counselling?
Your learning experience with ADL will not only depend on the quality of the course, but also the quality of the person teaching it. This course is taught by Iona Lister and your course fee includes unlimited tutorial support throughout. Here are Iona's credentials:
Licentiate, Speech and Language Therapy, UK, Diploma in Advanced Counselling Skills.
Iona has been a clinician and manager of health services for fifteen years, and a trainer for UK-based medical charities, focusing on psychosocial issues, mental health disorders, and also the promotion of communication skills for people in helping roles. She tutors and facilitates groups via workshops and teleconferences, and now specialises in Sight Loss. As a freelance writer, she contributes regular feature articles for magazines, has written five published books, as well as published courses relating to personal development and counselling skills.
Iona has aslo written published books, courses and articles across a wide range of subjects, mostly in the areas of health, counselling, psychology, crafts and wildlife.
She has drawn experience from clinical and managerial experience within the NHS as well as medical and humanitarian subjects. She has been a regular feature writer and expert panel member of a national magazine for six years.
Her books include: A Guide to Living with Alzheimer's Disease (and associated dementias), The Psychology of Facial Disfigurement; a Guide for Health and Social Care Professionals, When a Medical Skin Condition Affects the Way you Look; A Guide to Managing Your Future, Facing Disfigurement with Confidence, Cross Stitch: A Guide to Creativity and Success for Beginners.
Courses written include: Mental Health and Social Work, Counselling Skills, Understanding and Responding to Substance Misuse, Journalling for Personal Development, Guided Imagery, Stress Management.
Current work includes: Tutor: Courses associated with Creative Writing, Counselling Skills, Psychology, Holistic Therapy, Certified Hypnotherapist and Hypnotension Practitioner.
Facilitator of Teleconference Groups: Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Trainer (Skills for Seeing): Macular Society
Reviewer of Books/Information: Macmillan Cancer Support
Fundraiser: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Embroidery/Art Groups Facilitator, Board Member
Website Manager: The Strathcarron Project, Coordinator (Delaware & Tennessee) Human Writes
Excerpt from the Course
Careers Counselling – This is a mainly verbal process, where the counsellor and client are in a collaborative and dynamic relationship, focussing on identifying and acting on the goals of the client. The counsellor uses their repertoire of techniques and processes, to help the client come to an understanding of the options available.
Career – This is the interaction of work roles and the other life roles the person has over their life span. This includes paid and unpaid work. People create career patterns as they make decisions about education, work, family and other life roles.
Careers Counselling involves more than just finding work for people.
Among other things, Careers Counselling may involve helping people:
• identify the best job for their skills and interests
• find any job to meet their personal and financial needs
• find a better or more appropriate job for their situation
• achieve job satisfaction through appropriate choices
• plan and cope with career changes
• better adapt to the workplace
• improve their potential for advancement in the workplace
• identify new career possibilities when circumstances change.
To be able to assist a client in each or any of these processes, a Careers Counsellor must be aware of:
• the diverse nature of employment opportunities
• the requirements for success in different types of jobs
• reasons that people hire and fire employees
• workplace conditions including contract law, industrial relations systems, health and safety issues, ethics - useful contacts among employers, government departments, funding bodies, professional associations, industry experts, etc
• factors that hinder or promote a person’s job-seeking effectiveness
• trends in the local job market.
A good Careers Counsellor must be impartial and objective.
BROAD EMPLOYMENT OPTIONS
Employment generally falls into three broad categories:
1. Self Employment (e.g. Running your own business)
2. Contract Employment (e.g. Working for someone else as a contractor)
3. Employee (Working for one or more others as an employee).
The differences between contractor, businessperson and employee may vary from country to country, and even within a country. Differences can even vary over time (e.g. A contractor today has different rights and obligations than they did in the past, under some legal systems).
The nature and conditions of employment can also vary from one industry or discipline, to another. A Careers Counsellor needs to stay up to date with changes, and needs to be well aware of the current situation in any jurisdiction where they operate.
If you are not aware of these definitions and rules within your location, it would be useful to find out about them as soon as possible.
Services Offered in the Employment Industry
General Employment Agencies - These agencies collate information on individuals and match those individuals up with appropriate jobs.
Specialist Agents (e.g. Theatrical Agent, Writers Agent, I.T. Agent) - These individuals are well connected and very knowledgeable about a particular industry. Therefore, they can provide specialised guidance to job seekers in that industry.
Resume Writers – These individuals prepare professional-looking resumes for job-seekers either as part of a career support program or for a fee. It is important to note that different resume writers prepare different styles of resume.
School Careers Counsellor – Ideally, these are counsellors trained to provide job-seeking assistance and career counselling to young people before they leave school. In reality, many are simply teachers who have agreed to take on this role.
Job Advertisers – Professional or government job advertisers promote existing positions, sometimes for a fee to the employer. Some advertisers will also charge job-seekers a fee, to be paid after employment commences.
Private Careers Counsellors – These trained counsellors provide individualised counselling and career guidance to clients who pay fees as agreed upon. Workers in this area may be counsellors who specialise in career counselling, or may counsel exclusively in the employment area.
Business Consultant – Any person with business experience and skills may offer a consulting service that is particularly aimed at people wishing to begin small businesses, or to improve or expand existing businesses.
Assumptions Underlying the Practice of Careers Counselling
Careers counselling has a number of underlying assumptions, which should be considered when supporting clients –
• People have the ability and opportunity to make careers choices within their lives. The amount of freedom of choice will depend on their economic, social and cultural context.
• Individuals are presented with careers choices throughout their lives.
• Opportunities should be available to people regardless of their disability, sexual orientation, age, cultural background, gender or religion.
• People will have a wide range of work roles during their lives. These include paid and unpaid work.
• Careers counsellors support people to explore, pursue and attain their career goals.
• Careers counselling has four main elements –
o Helping individuals gain a greater self-awareness in areas of interests, values, personality style and abilities.
o Connecting students to resources so they can become knowledgeable about jobs and occupations.
o Engaging students in the decision making process, so they choose a career path well-suited to their individual needs, abilities, values and personality.
o Assisting individuals to be active managers of their career path – such as career transitions, balancing life roles, as well as becoming life long learners to develop over their career.
• Individuals will enter particular occupations according to personal preferences, interests, external influences etc.
• Career decision making happens throughout a person’s life. It is an ongoing process. It doesn’t happen only once.
• All forms of work are valuable and all contribute to the well-being of society.
In number 7 above, it states that individuals will enter their occupation depending on certain factors. Write down a list of things that you consider will affect a person’s career choice.
You may have considered any of the following –
Can I afford to go to college to train?
Can I afford to go to university to train?
Can my parents afford to send me to private school?
Did I have a good education?
Do I need to start work as soon as I finish full-time education?
Can I do a part-time course while working?
Can I afford to do a part-time course while working?
Are my parents encouraging me to choose a certain career?
Were my parents in a certain career and I’m expected to follow the family “tradition”?
Do my parents disapprove of certain careers?
Do I have a family of my own?
Do I have young children so need to consider working or staying at home with them?
If I work, what about childcare?
Can I afford childcare to enable me to work?
Can I take a career gap?
Will this affect my ability to return to my career?
Do I want to return to the same career?
Do I need to earn more money to support my growing family?
Do I need promotion to support my family?
Can I spend more time at work to get the promotion?
Work/home life balance?
Do I have the qualifications to get onto the training course?
Do I have the skills, personality and ability to do the training required?
Is the training a long-term consideration or a short course?
This is only a very brief list of questions a person might consider when thinking about their career choice. All of these should be considered. A careers counsellor will need to ensure that they are aware of all the factors affecting a person’s career choice. You have probably thought of many more.
In number 8, it states that career decision making happens throughout a person’s life. It is an ongoing process. Think of yourself someone you know and develop a flow chart of their career.
EBOOK TO COMPLIMENT THIS COURSE:
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This is a must read; for students, parents, the unemployed, careers advisors or anyone interested in changing or forging a sustainable career.
In the past, careers were simple. If you went to school and did the right training, you could be pretty certain of finding secure work, and earning a decent living.
Careers are no longer simple!
The world is in transition, and the changes occurring today are no less significant than those of the industrial revolution or reformation.
There are two ways to react to change; either to become unsettled, or to see the opportunities it offers.
We are living in exciting times; and opportunities do abound for employment; but success depends upon a wholistic approach. Learning is still important, but qualifications might not necessarily be as important as you think. Learning must be coupled with other things like communication and technical skills, attitude, networking and experience.
Studying remains an important piece of the puzzle if you seek a successful career; but without the other pieces of the puzzle, it may simply leave you stranded in unemployment queues.
Lots of job profiles
An emphasis on hor to adapt to change
Part 1 Choosing a Job: Planning a Career
1. Career Myths
2. Finding Your Path
3. Understanding Employers
4. Preparing for a Job
5. Jobs to Consider: Looking to the Future
Part 2 Career Profiles
6. Information Technology
7. Business, Management and Sales
8. Health and Wellbeing
10. Wildlife and Environmental
11. Animal Care
13. Hospitality and Tourism
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- ADL Ebook where relevant
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice