Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some common questions that individuals may have about vocational counseling:
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What is vocational counseling?
Vocational counseling is a process that helps individuals with disabilities or those considering a career change to identify their strengths, interests, and skills, and to determine the types of jobs that would be a good fit for them. I work with individuals to develop personalized plans for education and career development, and may provide a range of services such as job search assistance, training and education support, and employment support.
Who can benefit from vocational counseling?
Vocational counseling can be helpful for a wide range of individuals, including individuals with disabilities, those considering a career change, and transition-aged young adults making the transition from school-to-work or higher education. Vocational counseling can help individuals to identify their interests, aptitudes and goals, and to develop the skills needed to effectively apply for work in their chosen field. The knowledge of the world of work, the job search and interviewing processes are the same. The process varies when additional information is integrated into the decision-making process to include information about an individual’s restrictions and limitations; the impact, if any, on the occupational choice, transferability of skills, and if accommodations are needed.
Do you find me a job?
I work in partnership with you to identify suitable and available employment opportunities. I cannot guarantee you will find a job. You still have to apply and interview and sell your abilities to the potential employer. I can assist with identifying job openings, potentially working with employers to develop internships or volunteer opportunities which would allow you to gain current experience. I can potentially assist employers with the process of accommodation. You would still have to apply and interview for an internship, volunteer, or job opportunity. I can help you to prepare for the interview and post-interview follow up.
Do you provide physical therapy?
No, rehabilitation counseling is not “hands on” like physical therapy or occupational therapy. It involves sitting and talking with individuals with an interest in entering or re-entering into the workplace. It may require completing paper or computerized assessments to determine interests, aptitudes, and other work-related attributes.
Do all of your clients have to get all of your services?
No—this is not a “one size fits all” process! An individualized vocational plan of action is developed in consultation with you, based on each individual’s needs and requests. Services offered and implemented are based on the outcome of our discussions.