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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.