The Career Doctor™
Dear Career Doctor:
I have a BFA in Communications
Design (graphic design). After 10 years of working as a
graphic designer in print, I have decided to leave the field
due to the HIGH stress and lack of human contact. I have
taken the Myers-Briggs and The Holland Code. My type is
INFJ or ISFJ and SAE for the Holland Code. The tests all
tell me that I should work with people. That I would be
happier counseling people or teaching them.
Ok, so I got a job as
a TA in an Elementary School on Long Island. I thought I
was doing well and maybe discovering that I do work well
with kids but then I GOT A POOR REVIEW. The two teachers
say that I am not enthusiastic enough. I don't dive in.
They are right. I don't have the passion that they have.
So now I am looking
into getting a Masters in Career Counseling or maybe a MSW.
My questions are: 1) What skills and abilities does one
need to make the best career counselor? 2) What work related
strengths does one need? 3) What is so satisfying about
being a career counselor (top five factors).
Help! I think I have
You are asking excellent questions! Anyone who is thinking
of changing fields should ask similar ones before investing
in school or quitting a job. Here are my answers:
1. What skills and abilities does one need to make the best
Anyone in the "helping
professions" of counseling, social work, psychology
or psychiatry needs the same basic skills: the ability
to listen; a non-judgmental acceptance of people with
problems and an optimistic, realistic and creative approach
to problem-solving; and an open-minded attitude toward
someone else's solution even if it would not be your own
way of doing things.
2. What work-related
strengths does one need?
A wide knowledge of the
world of work and/or the willingness to research various
fields, work issues and trends.
3. What is so satisfying
about being a career counselor? Name the top five factors.
to change peoples' lives for the better.
to a wide variety of people and issues.
to set your own fees and hours.
to earn a good income doing something interesting and
to keep current about many areas of society and the economy.
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