What can a vocational / career counsellor do for me, and are they worth it?
July 2, 2012 12:48 PM Subscribe
What can a vocational / career counsellor do for me, and are they worth whatever they cost?
posted by synecdoche to Work & Money (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a recent humanities PhD who is currently doing the whole adjunct thing but getting tired of it. I want to broaden my job-hunting net to include non-academic and alternative academic work, but I don't know much about what's out there.
I have been thinking about visiting a career counsellor, but am not entirely clear on what they will actually do. Does anybody have any experience with career counsellors? What did they actually do? Do they offer anything I can't get from reading and doing research on my own? How much did they charge, and was it worth it?
I don't particularly want to pay somebody to tell me I am an INFP and that I should consider becoming a teacher, or that I should pursue informational interviews, or that I should use "action verbs" on my resume, et cetera.
I have contacted a couple of counsellors in my area, and one has offered to meet with me next week. But I want to know what I'm getting into so I don't waste my time (and hers). Thanks.