• Rebecca Laidlaw

What is a Careers Adviser?

Everyone has their own opinion of what a Careers Adviser does and what their role is. This is my perspective of how I see my role in Careers Guidance.

I like to think of myself more as a Careers Coach. When you think of a Sports Coach it's someone who supports you to find your true potential and leads you to win games right?! They don't get on the pitch and play for you. That is how I see the role of a Careers Coach. They build a relationship with you to find out what your aspirations, goals, and dreams are. They do not make your decisions for you. They promote that you do the research, find out what your next steps are and have a role in motivation to help you get there. They can also be called upon for accountability too. In a bid to coach you to win the game of life, follow your passions and reach your goals.

Person-centered counseling models are the backbone of Careers Guidance. Within my practice, I understand this to mean caring about you, your world view and your circumstances. Through this empathic approach, a coaching relationship can be developed at the level of true and lasting change. This involves practicing understanding, questioning, and challenging where you are now and where you would like to be. To support you to decide what's the right next step for you. This is a process and it can take time. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will your career be.

In my personal opinion, the most important part of my role in Careers Guidance is belief. I truly believe in you to achieve your goals. Sometimes I find myself breathing that belief into you, to help you to believe in yourself and believe that your career aspirations are possible. Careers Guidance is non-judgemental therefore I have no reason to not believe in you. A lack of belief can crush a person. I can hand on heart say I have never heard someone say "Someone believed in me too much" as a negative statement. There are far more stories that include "Nobody believed in me" which leads to difficulties, sadness or stress within that person's life. The way I see it is if you can borrow the belief that I have in you, you can make the changes necessary to put a plan in place and change your own life. As the saying goes "Feed a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

If you are considering getting Careers Guidance, I say go for it! Keep in mind, I am completely biased. However, what do you have to lose if you are already in a career that you don't like? Also, the word career is subjective and I believe that it encompasses everything that makes up your working life meaning every course, every job, and every hobby. So if you want to find a career try it out. Career changer or lost your job? Got you covered. Lost after school/college or university? Careers guidance can help. Confused about getting back into the workplace after raising children or traveling? Do you get what I'm trying to say here? If you are unhappy seek help. As much as I believe in you, I believe in Careers Guidance. You can love your career - I promise. That is the true purpose of a Careers Adviser.

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