Frequently Asked Questions

Role of Career Counselors

Typically a career counselor has a graduate degree in counseling or a related professional field from a regionally accredited institution, along with course work focused on career development as part of the program or as an additional certificate. A career counselor does not have to be licensed. Refer to ncda.org (National Career Development Association) or ccda-careerdev.org (California Career Development Association) for guidelines and additional information.
Career counselors typically charge on an hourly basis. The hourly fee and total costs will depend both on the individual counselor and your particular career or work issues. You will want to ask this question at the time you first contact the counselor.
The time-frame for career counseling depends on the particular career or work issue. Often, a client and career counselor will have an on-going relationship; even when a particular issue is resolved successfully, the client may return as other issues arise throughout his/her career.

Job Search versus Career Change

A job search is usually focused on finding another similar position in your current field or industry. It focuses on developing a strategic plan that includes marketing materials – resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile – reaching out to contacts and using social networks.

A career change is a longer, more introspective process that focuses on taking a look at where you are in your life. A career change can involve changes to your industry, field and/or position. It also takes into account personal issues that affect the changes you want to make in your life.

Workplace Issues

We can help you with: problematic relationships; dealing with toxic co-workers & bosses; stress; burnout; downsizing; outsourcing; violence and substance abuse.

Career Change

There are 3 key steps you can take:
1. Research the positions/field you are interested in to find out what the qualifications for that position are.
2. Locate people in the position or field you are interested in and conduct informational interviews to gain more insight and possibly get a reality check.
3. Work with one of our counselors to sort out how your skills and experience would translate to another occupation.

Work/Life Balance

A counselor can help you examine your values, priorities, work situation, family situation, commitments, and goals and work out a plan that both meets your needs and takes into account the concerns of other important people in your life.