“It’s not what you do for your kids that ultimately matters in their lives. It’s what you teach them to do for themselves” – Unknown
Arguably the two biggest decisions that we have to make in our lives are; who we marry and what career do we choose. Often we are totally unprepared and ignorant as to the consequences of these decisions. Many career assessments tend to pull a string of careers out of a hat without taking into consideration the complexity of the client’s personality.
My approach to career counselling is to help the client take account of him/her. Also to assess if they’re mature enough to make such a huge decision as to what their ideal career path is. The most important information a counsellor needs when guiding an individual towards a career choice is insight into that individual’s personality and interests.
Personality traits such as passion, perseverance, anxiety, tolerance etc., all play an important role in the requirements for certain careers. It is assumed that the majority of people are going to want to enter a career that interests them. An excellent interest questionnaire called the MB10 is administered. Feedback is comprehensive and balanced and can also be given via Skype.
The Structured Objective Rorschach Test (SORT) is the personality psychometric test that I use. The aim of the SORT is to obtain meaningful data which provides a broad overall assessment of the learner’s personality. This data is then used in conjunction with the data obtained from the interest profile.
The combined information gathered from the SORT and MB10 provides an excellent guide as to which career path the learner should consider, taking into account his/her strengths and weaknesses. Online counselling and feedback is offered as well as personal face-to-face consultations. Parents are included in the feedback session.
In the SmartChoice Parenting workshops, parents are shown how to increase positive interactions with their children. Feedback from participants show quite dramatic improvements in their children’s attitude and behaviour, their own parenting skills, as well as an improvement in children’s social skills and school adjustment.
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