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How can online career guidance counseling help you along your career path?

 There are a lot of matchmaking websites on the web, matching people up with houses, dogs, cars, credit cards, romantic partners, etc. Most of these websites use a straightforward approach to matchmaking. They gather information about you and your interests and then suggest matches that will align with your needs, interests, and priorities.

The same thing is true about online career guidance. In fact, online career guidance is the absolute perfect solution for people who have a straightforward need to learn about career options, learning what occupations match their interests and abilities.

Here are the benefits to online career guidance counseling

  • Cost. It is more a economical solution than paying a career guidance professional
  • Convenience. You can take the tests and use search filters to narrow down career choices while sitting in front of your PC/laptop at home.

How does it work?

As with other matchmaking websites, the first thing you'll do is take a test or complete a questionnaire of some sort. The site needs to gather some information about you, your abilities and interests.

By the way, you should always check out the credentials of someone who developed a career guidance website. After all, some people just make up tests off the top of their head.

After the data gathering has been collected, the matchmaking can begin and the site can suggest occupations that align to your abilities and interests.

Is online career guidance counseling for everyone? Not necessarily, here are some drawbacks.

If you have some emotional baggage from a prior job that you need to get off your chest or need someone to vent to, this doesn't help.

If you want someone to bounce ideas off of and debate pros/cons of different career fields, this doesn't help there as well.

In short, if you want an interaction that only a professional/human can provide, you should spring for the human career counselor.

One final word:

There are many career guidance website, some of which are even free. When you explore sites, ensure that you do your "due diligence"

  • Make sure you are impressed by the credentials of the person or group sponsoring the website.
  • Also, ensure that the website includes ALL occupations that are listed by the federal government (ONET). Most career guidance websites only include about 20-30% of all occupations. However, you'll want to use a website that includes all occupations, not just a small subset.

POSTED: 7-12-2015 at 2:51 PM (EDT)

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