What is career counselling?
Career counselling provides support for developing self-knowledge, mapping out career aspirations and opportunities, making decisions related to careers and planning future careers. In addition to discussions, career guidance may employ various methods and techniques to improve the career skills of those receiving counselling. The objective of career guidance is, through joint discussions, to provide you with tools for finding answers and clearing your thoughts.
You can make an appointment for career counselling if you are considering, among other things, the following:
- questions related to your future career, such as your career aspirations
- various career options
- your personal competence and strengths.
Examples of typical student questions:
- “I am uncertain of my own areas of interest and bothered by the future.”
- “I am not sure about what my degree qualifies me to do.”
- “I hope that career counselling will make my objectives clearer so that I will know better what to prioritise in job seeking.”
- “I’m looking for viewpoints on what kind of career options I might have based on my education.”
What is not included in career counselling?
Career counselling is not student advice. Career counsellor cannot give you ready-made solutions for your life, but they are here to help you brainstorm and make your own plans and decisions. Neither can career guidance specialists take stands on issues or make decisions on your behalf, but they will help you weigh different options.
UH Career Services do offer also e-counselling sessions. These sessions are conducted using a video call. With this service we are aiming to provide more flexible career counselling services for our students.
We use a software called “Zoom”. Using Zoom is free of charge.
How to prepare for your e-counselling session?
1. Before you book your e-counselling session, make sure that during the session you have
- a computer or mobile device with an internet connection and a webcam
- a headset (or other speakers and a microphone)
- a quiet place, where you are able to discuss freely.
2. Book your virtual counselling session by selecting "e-counselling" in the appointment booking system.
3. A few days before your session your career counsellor will send you a link which you can use to join the call when your session is about to start. You will also receive detailed instructions for using Zoom.
Confidentiality, respect and independence are the central ethical principles of career counselling. The counselling is always based on the goals of the client, respect and confidential interaction. The process is always oriented to the client.
The premise of career guidance is support for the client’s independent activities, strengthening their agency and participation. This operating principle can also be described with the words “respectful support”.