As many people ask themselves waaaat they should do for work of in life in general, waat wants to make finding answers to these questions easier. Waat’s purpose is to offer information about what kinds of professions there are in the world, What people actually do in these professions, and how they like what they do.


FOR high-schoolers and STUDENTS, waat would like to make them to pay attention to two things - to think about the actual daily work they would be doing in a few years (not only about what it would be like to study, that’ll last a while). ALSO, it’s important to think what you would actually enjoy doing. disliking something 8 hours/day sounds insane!


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Amanda, Career Counsellor
Finland, workplace of 51-100 employees
Education
Master, Education science
Yearly salary (€)
35000-45000
In profession since
2007
Weekly hours
30-35

Could you describe your job in short?

As a career counsellor, young people are at the core of my work. I guide 16-19-year-old students with their high school studies and career planning. The principal focus of my job is personal counselling, though I also organise class counselling and optional career counselling courses. My work is somewhere between teaching and administrative work. In career counsellors’ team, my job involves student care work as a member of communal well-being group, co-operation with different actors and diverse planning, organisation and development work.

What do you do on average work day?

I’m available for students usually between 9 and 15. Students book counselling times either digitally or by visiting my office, or I invite students to visit me. I follow students’ study success together with class instructors and teachers. I make study plans together with the students, make changes in course selections and talk with students about their career plans. I do close co-operation with teachers, principals, student care employees, parents and external parties. I actively update my counselling expertise by taking part in trainings concerning education and working life. At the moment I participate in my high school’s curriculum working group. The most important tools for me are discussion and a computer.

What do you love about your job?

My work is humane, independent and versatile. It’s evenly teamwork and individual work. Academic school environment is a very inspiring work community. Working with students is great. Counselling working field is very hopeful and future-oriented.

What are the worst parts of your job?

Hurry. You sometimes experience feelings of insufficiency, when your calendar gets filled with meetings and students’ time bookings go further as you would wish. You also sometimes need to stare the computer screen a bit too much.

What are the most important skills in your job?

Communication Empathy Listening Organising Time management

What are the most important tools/softwares in your job?

Microsoft Word Wilma Fronter Google Drive Primus

How do you acquire and develop these skills?

Your own attitude needs to be open and improvement-oriented. For the professional development, it is important to actively participate in different kinds of trainings.

If your job differed from your initial expectations, what were your expectations and how did your job differ from them?

Some career counsellors might have too many administrative or marketing-related tasks. They are not career counsellor’s core expertise, but the focus of the professional skills is meeting the students and doing the counselling work.

What does your work week include?

16.0h

Meetings / Group work

6.0h

Emails

6.0h

Independent work

3.0h

Breaks

1.0h

Travel

4.0h

Events