You’ve worked hard for your education since kindergarten, and you’re now in high school or you’ve just graduated. Your life up until now was pretty much laid out for you. And now what happens after grade 12? There is an endless list of possibilities, given there are over 15,000 educational programs in Canada (EduCanada 2021), and literally tens of thousands of careers to choose from. Where do you even begin?
Why is career counselling during high school so important?
You are at the ideal stage in life to benefit from career counselling. This is likely the biggest decision you will make at this time of your life, and at such a relatively young age. Career counselling increases your self-awareness, so you are making this decision with courage and confidence, which is backed by the solid rationale and information that comes from this process. You want to get your life off to the right start in the right direction, and career counselling certainly helps with this complex decision.
Have you had a negative experience with career testing or career planning at school?
I often hear this complaint, and it is one of the reasons that students are reluctant to come for career counselling. One student said she was told to become a garbage collector. Another student was told to become a school bus driver. It’s not these are necessarily bad choices, they were just poor options for these students. People are always pleasantly surprised to see how accurate my interpretation of their reports can be. The reason is I have years of experience with career counselling, I am passionate about what I do, and I am committed to helping people find the right education and career path.
How has the world of work changed in the past few decades?
The world of work has changed so rapidly recently, and as a result there are many jobs that have become obsolete, and many new jobs that have been created. Many new careers are the result of changes in technology, globalization, and Canadian demographics, as well as changes in legislation. And to make the world of work more complex than ever before, we’ve now had a pandemic that has compromised many career alternatives. It is believed that the majority of jobs that young people will hold over their lifetime haven’t even been invented yet (Mekouar, 2019). This means that choosing a career is more challenging than ever before.
What can happen to high school students who don’t do career counselling?
For some students, they select the right education and career, and they do just fine. For others, there is a lot of self-doubt or wondering if they’ve chosen wisely. Some students can start to question their own decision-making abilities, and self-esteem often drops. And some students can end up wasting a lot of time, energy and money pursuing an education or career path that isn’t suitable for them. This can result in a lot of needless stress, anxiety, and regret, and having to start this process all over again, often in their 30s.
How many sessions does career counselling usually take?
Typically 3-4 hours and 4 tests work really well for most students. Some people may benefit from more sessions if they require further clarity with their career decision, if they are looking at various educational routes, or need to overcome any obstacles standing in their way of their career success.
How do I get started?
Please call or email to begin your career counselling journey!
EduCanada, (2021). A world of possibilities.
Mekouar, D. (2019). Most of 2030’s jobs haven’t been invented yet.
Most likely people don’t equate work and happiness. Yet the truth of the matter is that these are not mutually exclusive, you can actually achieve happiness, fulfillment and even joy through the work that you do. If this seems a bit unrealistic, it actually can be more easily achievable than most people think.
What Does Work Have to Do with our Happiness?
Dr. Martin Seligman has studied happiness for decades, and he’s figured out it come down to three factors (2002):
- When we are involved in tasks and activities that we find personally meaningful, then
- We will be fully engaged and motivated by those tasks and activities, and,
- We can also find happiness in the pursuit of pleasurable activities.
What is interesting is the third factor, I call it the “fun factor”, actually accounts for the least amount of our happiness, and the first two factors account for the largest proportion of our happiness. This is why the work that we do makes up for such a big part of our contentment and life satisfaction, as that the work we do is highly correlated to our happiness and well-being.
Do You Have a Job, a Career, or a Calling?
What is the difference? Typically Seligman (2002) has found that a job supports our lifestyle. A job provides a pay cheque which generates money to pay our bills. A career generally has a path or career trajectory, where we start in a junior role, and over time advance to more senior roles, with greater responsibilities and higher income. A calling is usually work that holds great meaning, and has a bigger picture focus, where we often make a difference in people’s lives and in the world.
What Kind of Life Do You Want Your Job to Provide?
There are three types of lives according to Seligman (2002), the pleasant life, the good life, and the meaningful life.
- The pleasant life is the pursuit of enjoyment, contentment, leisure and satisfaction.
- The good life uses our unique strengths, skills and competencies to gain fulfillment and satisfaction through work or other roles in our lives.
- The meaningful life uses our knowledge, experiences and virtues to be of service to people and society.
Have you ever given consideration to the strengths, gifts and talents that you have to offer? What about thinking about your interests and values, and how you may give these back through the work that you do, while gaining a lot of contentment and satisfaction in your life? If you feel there is a disconnect between your work and what you want your work to provide for your life, please call or email for a consultation.
Seligman, M.E.P. (2002) Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realise your Potential for Lasting Fulfilment. New York: The Free Press.