Theclient who seeks the career development plan advice is a woman in hermid-20s and completed the university three years ago and does notseem to secure formal employment. She has a child and feels that itis time that she took the job search seriously so that she can fendfor her child and herself. She has found employment twice but doesnot hold it back. The first job was lost through retrenchment and thelast one the employer did not pay her so she left. She is emotionallystressed due to the lack of provision for her child.
Thecareer guiding session is a major step that an individual takes sothat they can get some professional help as the make the rightdecision in their careers. The course presents the individual withthe right tools and environment within which they can pour put theirfeelings, ideas and challenges that they feel would be the stumblingblock towards their achievement of their goals. They lay down theirstrengths, weaknesses and any other internal and external issue thatmay hinder their progress in achieving what they would want to see intheir life. The counselor, on the other hand, is knowledgeable ineach area in that they can deal with the diversified needs ofdifferent clients who visit their office in need of guidance (Evans,2012).
Themust be in a position to identify and recognize what the client cando best and advise them accordingly. At the end of the session, oneshould leave with the right solution and a will to move on with lifein the right way. They should go out equipped with the solution theysought when they visited the premises in the beginning. It gives theclient the confidence that they have managed to get an answer fromthe session and they are also in a position to ensure they pursuetheir career goals with the right motivation.
Figlerand Bolles (2007) argue that clients come with different issues andthe counselor has the responsibility to ensure the help them and atthe end of the session, ensure that they come up with a plan ofaction for the client. They must guide the customer throughidentification of what the customer needs and wants which becomes thefoundation and direction of the whole talk. Once they have identifiedwhat they want to achieve, they can determine what holds them backwhich can vary from fear, financial challenges. There are otherexternal factors which might be beyond their control. They can helpsolve some of the problems by assisting the client in view thechallenges in a different perspective while those that they cannotcontrol they leave the client to identify solutions. The clientneeds to open up and talk about what they deem as the best solutionsfor the problems they face. The client also needs to state what holdsthem back and the actions they currently take so that they canachieve the goals despite the challenges faced. It shows that theystill have the interest in pursuing their dreams and are able andwilling to execute their duties so that they can attain what theywant. The commitment becomes the driving force to the achievement oftheir goals.
Atthe end of the session, the client must have the confidence andassurance that they will attain their goals as they have had the bestexperience that gives them the ability to pursue and rise above thechallenges. In the long run, the client must do follow ups as theyensure that the customer did not have a relapse into moving away fromtheir goals (Figler & Bolles, 2007). The follow-up is also amethod of showing the client that the counselor has the interest intheir activities which might give them more motivation to attaintheir goals within the shortest time possible. After some time, theclient follows their dreams and achieves what they want and canmotivate others to follow their dreams.
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Figler,H. E., & Bolles, R. N. (2007). Thecareer counselor`s handbook.Random House Digital, Inc.