- Are you still searching for the right job or career?
- Do you need career guidance?
- Are you a veteran, student, or person with a disability?
- Did something in life change and now you need to make a career change?
Before we are even above the age of reason, it is not uncommon for family members, school teachers, or even strangers to ask us questions related to what we want to “be” or how we want to live our lives when we are adults. It can be scary for a child, so imagine what might happen when you get closer to actually being an adult, such as a high school student or have just become an adult and need training, but you still haven’t figured it out. You are filled with questions about how you are going to spend nearly 1/3 of your adult life and when things don’t work out because of a life change such as a disability or not being accepted into the program that you wanted, finding the right career can become even more challenging. What if you know exactly what you want to do, are talented at it, but you choose not to do it because you are expected to do something else? That can leave you feeling a lot of anger and regret.
CAREER COUNSELING FOR ADULTS
Regardless of your age or ability, career counseling can help you make an informed choice based on your abilities and capabilities. Work, after all, should be something that you enjoy or provide you with a sense of purpose and help you achieve more than just your financial goals.
My approach to career counseling is not intended to tell you exactly what you should do, although there is some advice-giving and support that I offer along the way. Rather, my approach to career counseling is intended to provide you with information about your strengths, interests, special talents and the how each may fit into some particular fields that you may already have in mind and/or that may be revealed to you as part of the process of career counseling. The ultimate goal is for you to be able to identify something that will be the ideal fit for you given your life circumstances and to learn how to market yourself into a new field if the world of work or your life changes
ALTHOUGH YOU MAY SEE THE BENEFITS OF CAREER COUNSELING, YOU MAY STILL HAVE SOME QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS ABOUT THE PROCESS…
I always wanted to become a ___, but I am already almost 40 years old.
This is a common dilemma that many people face and they tend to be stuck with the regret for the remainder of their lives because they didn’t pursue what they originally wanted to do even if they say, “I accept that this is the right decision”. It will pop-up in their unconscious anytime they feel regret for not having pursued their dream and whatever rationale they gave themselves as to why it wasn’t the right thing to do, even if it was the most responsible decision.
If the decision was not made out of self-sacrificial love and the person has not scrutinized their unconscious and forgiven those who they believe have “held them back”, their unconscious anger will continue to come up when they least expect it. This is not advice to pursue your dream no matter what your circumstances may be or to say that you cannot pursue a career change that may require education in your mid-life, rather it’s to point out that everyone’s circumstances are different and that there are psychological factors working here that should not be ignored.
I am getting ready to graduate college and I still don’t know what I want to do.
This is another common problem that people face when getting ready to cross the threshold from college graduation to the workforce. The good news is that you do not have to have it all figured out. Life takes a lot of twists and turns and while you are getting ready to have a degree that may help prepare you for one area within a particular field, it doesn’t have to lock you in for the rest of your life. Every person’s situation is unique and my approach to career counseling is personalized based on your needs. We can talk about your degree and the different areas that your unique talents will be best matched, as well as if there would be any benefit to continuing your education for a brief period of time to get a license or certification to maximize your employability.
I am a disabled veteran or a person with a disability.
My specialized training as a rehabilitation counselor, ADA coordinator, and experience helping veterans and other people who experience vision impairments, including blindness, and disabilities return to work gives me a special advantage when providing career counseling. In addition to helping, you understand the competitiveness of the workforce, how to write your resume, prepare for an interview, and so forth, I can help you learn about special benefits that you may qualify for so that you can choose the best fit for you, while also factoring in your limitations. While I cannot provide legal advice, I can provide you information on your basic rights related to ADA, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable laws for people who experience disabilities or who are veterans.