CAREER PLANNING 1
Role,Value, and Challenges in Vocational/Career Planning
Role of Vocational/Career Planning
Career planningplays a fundamental role in allowing clients to make personaldecisions. In many instances, students are inclined to imitate theirpeers. Parents may also determine the careers that their childrenwould pursue. The proliferation of social media has also led to thespread of both factual and false information. Popular trends may alsoinfluence students to choose certain professions. Therefore,vocational counseling helps clients to learn the facts aboutprospective careers. Furthermore, it enables students to focus onachieving educational outcomes. Clients usually endeavor to enhancetheir qualifications for multiple opportunities. Consequently, theymay lack expertise on particular areas. Vocational counselingsupports specialization by demonstrating to clients the importance ofworking towards a specific career.
Valueof Career Planning
Engaging incareer planning might be valuable to a client due to the abundance ofcollege courses. In this regard, it may be challenging for studentsto make the best choice. Career counseling helps clients to identifytheir interests. Therefore, they can select careers that are inharmony with their capabilities. Clients can also consider a vastarray of professions that could allow them to achieve their utmostpotential. Hence, vocational counseling enables students to attaintheir career goals.
Vocationalcounseling is encumbered by various challenges. For example, it maybe difficult to achieve a balance between the client’s personalityand the counselor’s capabilities. The ensuing mismatch makes itharder to determine the student’s needs. Some clients may also beunwilling to conduct self-examination of their attitudes andpreferences. This challenge may be overcome by encouraging studentsto participate in the counseling process. Additionally, it isdifficult to manage the high expectations of some clients. In thisrespect, some students may have unreasonable demands (Stoeber,Mutinelli, & Corr, 2016). This challenge may be overcome byhelping clients to eliminate their biases.
Stoeber, J., Mutinelli, S., & Corr, P. J. (2016). Perfectionismin students and positive career planning attitudes. Personalityand Individual Differences, 97, 256-259.