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What to Expect From Career Counseling

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Career counselors at the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic use cognitive information processing theory and Holland’s theory to help guide our career counseling services. In this post, we'll explain what that means for our clients and provide an idea of what to expect from career counseling.

We first work to identify where an individual is in their career development process and where he or she would like to be in the future. Do you feel stressed when you think about your future? Are you looking for an internship? Part-time job? Need help putting together your resume? Picking a college major? Do you feel like you do not even know where to start?

A career counselor can help you discover knowledge about yourself - career values, interests, and skills - and how these can fit into your future. Do you love working outside? Hope to travel around the world? Want to start a family? Have a passion for working with children? We can help you to identify how to incorporate your interests and values and find a career path that fits your needs.

Next, it’s important to find new information about yourself and the world of work. Career counselors use a variety of brief questionnaires and psychological tests to gather more information. We help you understand what the results of these tests mean and how they apply to you specifically. We also help you find more resources on career information and show you how to incorporate your test results into what you have learned about various careers. What can you do with a degree in psychology? What might your starting salary be as an accountant? We can help you find this information.

You will also learn decision-making skills that will help you to move forward in your career choice. We will help you to use all of the information you learn about yourself in the counseling process to make informed decisions about the next best steps in your career journey.

Finally, you will leave with short and long-term term goals to work toward in achieving your dreams. A career counselor can help you put all of this information together and support you in making the best choice for your future.

To learn more about the career counseling services offered at the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic, visit our website or call 601.266.4601.

- Post contributed by Brianna Werner and Erica Mathis -

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