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Career Development Professionals – Sorting the Chaff from the Wheat

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Sorting the Chaff from the Wheat – How to ascertain the legitimacy of Career Development Practitioners in Australia

 

Career Development is a large umbrella or net that draws together a myriad of Career Services occupations and brands them together in one category with the purposes of facilitating and empowering a client in the exploration, development and management of their career over the course of their career life cycle.

WHAT OCCUPATIONS FALL UNDER CAREER DEVELOPMENT ?

There are a multitude of Career Service occupations that fall under the Career Development banner including: –

  • Career Advisor
  • Career Coach
  • Career Consultant
  • Career Counsellor
  • Career Development Expert
  • Career Development Practitioner
  • Career Guidance Officer
  • Career Management Consultant
  • Employment Counsellor
  • Guidance Officer
  • Job Developer
  • Placement Co-ordinator
  • Vocational Counsellor
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Work Experience Co-ordinator

As illustrated above, there are many occupations that fall under the umbrella of Career Development; which in ones’ opinion can potentially cause clients a great deal of stress trying to determine who is the appropriate service provider for me.

SOURCING CAREER DEVELOPMENT SERVICE PROVIDERS

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Career Counselling: – Is your Career Counsellor legitimate?

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Searching for a Career Counsellor - Are you feeling overwhelmed and finding it difficult to determine if your preferred Career Counsellor legitimate? Find out how to compare and contract Career Counselling Service providers so you do not make a costly mistake.

Searching for a Career Counsellor – Are you feeling overwhelmed and finding it difficult to determine if your preferred Career Counsellor is legitimate? Find out how to compare and contract Career Counselling Service providers so you do not make a costly mistake.

 

I remember back in the early 2000’s when I first started my practice (then called HR Aspects) and commenced market research to compare and contrast my expertise and experiences with competitors of the time; the internet was still in it’s infancy and very few organisations advertised on Google.

Fast forward 15+ years and there are hundreds and thousands of career providers spruiking their services on Google alone claiming to be a Career Counsellor, Career Coach, Professional Resume Writer, Career Development Consultant, Specialist or Expert. Quite frankly, for the average individual looking for someone to help them with their career related queries or concerns it is very confusing – how can you possibly sort out what services you need and want if Read More


Career Counselling and Development – The Role of Counselling in Career Counselling and Development

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Career Counselling helps you identify and navigate your career whether you choose the roller-coaster or the merry-go-round.

Life is a strange and miraculous adventure filled with many ups and downs, twists and turns along the way.  It is rarely a straight and smooth path. Read More


Career Counselling: Mental Health in Career Development

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Mental Health in Career Development – Can you help with my research?

I am currently in the process researching and writing a webinar for the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) NSW Division entitled Mental Health In Career Development.

Did you know the top 3 mental health conditions in Australia are: – Read More


Online Appointments for Career and Workplace Counselling and Consulting Services

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Blu Ripples Online Appointment – Booking Form – Convenient, Fast and Reliable for the busy professional, parent or individual.

 

Blu Ripples is proud to announce the launch of our new online appointments – booking form.

Convenient, Fast and Reliable our online appointment – booking form is available when you are (day or night). Simply click on to our Home Page and then click on the Make an Appointment Button to the right hand side of the home page just above client testimonials; fill in your details and Blu Ripples will get back to you within 1 business day to confirm availability or to offer an alternative appointment time, should the clients first option be unavailable.

Alternatively current and perspective clients are welcome (as always) to contact Katherine directly on 1300 300 557 and schedule a counselling, career consulting or development appointment via telephone.

Find out more about our Skype, Career and Workplace Counselling, Consulting and Development Services now

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Career Counselling Advisor

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Do you know what it takes to make to enter your chosen field? Blu Ripples can help you we have a wealth of information and resources - make us your first choice call Blu Ripples today on 1300 30 557 and book your Career Counselling Session today!

Do you know what it takes to enter your dream job? Blu Ripples can help you we have a wealth of information and resources!

 

On Wednesday, 7th August 2013, Blu Ripples Counsellor and Proprietor Katherine Foster had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the ACS Career Adviser Seminars in Sydney (Ryde) NSW; and subsequently returned to Medowie (Port Stephens) with a wealth of additional career information and resources to assist individuals living in Port Stephens, Newcastle, Maitland, Mid-North Coast, regional and rural Australia with their individual career decisions.

Career information and resources gathered by Blu Ripples (Katherine Foster, Counsellor) includes Read More


Career Counselling: HELP ME PLEASE – I have no idea what I want to do!

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Career Planning – Help Me Please I Have No Idea What I Want To Do

Before we start can you please go grab a piece of A4 paper or writing pad, a pen and highlighter.

Now draw a line down the middle of the page and write on the top left hand side “Enjoyment” and on the right hand side “Dislike”.

Moving forward, I want you think about every hobby that you have ever tried, had an interest in or tried and disliked since childhood (let’s start from 6 years of age inclusive) and write the corresponding hobby in the Enjoyment or Dislike column.  It is important that you do not stop, think and analyse every entry just let it flow.

Upon undertaking this exercise, you may find you repeat yourself a few times – this is OK don’t pay too much attention to this yet.

So now you have completed both the Enjoyment and Dislike columns I want you to leave the list alone and go and have a 10-15 minute coffee break and come back to it.

Welcome back, now I want you to take 10 minutes or so to review and analyse the lists.

  • What are the common themes that seem to be repeating themselves?
  • Can you group the common themes together for example Sports, Animals, Collections, Home-making, Art etc.

You may wish to use your highlighter to highlight the areas that keep repeating themselves.

So what did you find? What are your top 3 groups?

Your top 3 key groups (both Enjoyment and Dislike) are strong indicators of your personal preference.

Finally, upon review and analysis of your top 3 key groups can you identify any key sub-themes for example.  If you loved playing sports common themes may include: –

  • Outdoor Activity
  • Team Work
  • Social Interaction
  • Commitment & Discipline
  • Communication Skills

So how does this apply to my Career?  Think about it – do you really want to sit in an office all day by yourself with minimal contact with clients or colleagues or would you prefer a job that saw you out and about for example a sales representative, outdoor motivational trainer, personal trainer, trades professional etc.

Finally, remember to analyse your disinterest side also as the common themes here will give you a clear picture of what you do not like and subsequently what to stay away from.  This is particularly helpful if you are going to review job advertisements, job guides and descriptions as it allows you to analyse what percentage of the role incorporates these areas of disinterest and allows you to question yourself for example can you really cope with this area as a part of the position or is this area a non-negotiable aspect for you?  Only you can answer this.  Remember to be truthful with yourself for you are only fooling yourself if you are not.

 

 


Career Counselling: Making the Dream happen! (Part 2)

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Dream Believe Create Succeed – You Can Do It; Katherine Foster 2009

 

There is an old saying that “Life is what you make it”.  Thus, life is about ideas and concepts and putting them into action so that we can make our dreams a reality.  Thus, ones question to you is Read More