Are Career Choices Making You Feel Stuck?
Do you feel unfulfilled in your career?
- Do you dread going to work each day?
- Are you unsure which career is right for you?
- Do you feel stuck and uncertain about what step to take next?
- Are you planning for your first career or college major?
- Are you ready for a career change?
Career Counseling Services Can Help You Find the Direction and Confidence You Need in Your Career. We offer career counseling in Houston & online using phone or videoconferencing.
Choosing the right job can be a difficult task. If you’re in college, you might worry about declaring a major, landing a high-paying job, or figuring out who you want to be in the world. Perhaps you feel pressured to make a decision. Maybe you’ve just been laid off or have decided to re-enter the working world after some time away. You might feel lost, unsure of your qualifications, or nervous about embarking on a job hunt again.
“What a big impact you have had on my life – thank you! Your kind words, positive outlook, and guidance have lifted my spirits and given me hope. Just a month ago I was lost, but now with the tools you have given me I feel that I will be able to make a career choice to fulfill the needs of my family and myself. Thank you for everything!” – career direction
Or, you might feel unmotivated in your current job. Perhaps you spend your work week stressed, exhausted, or unsatisfied by your tasks. You might look forward to the weekends and vacations and dread every Monday. Although you know you’re not happy, you may fear making a big career change and risking your security. Perhaps you worry that you don’t have any valuable skills. What if you can’t find something better? Is there a job out there that will make you happy, fulfilled, and excited?
Finding the Right Career Can Feel Overwhelming
Career decisions can be hard to make. Many people feel anxious about their career choices. No one wants to spend their days in a job that makes them miserable. Even if a job is “okay” or “fine,” feeling unfulfilled or bored can drain energy and enthusiasm for life. Whether they are a college student, just entering the working world, in the middle of a career or life transition, or have been in their job for decades, most people want a job that utilizes their skills and makes them proud of what they do each day. Sometimes, you may feel as though there is no such job for you. But everyone has a path, and we can help you find yours.
“Wow, I really appreciate your career guidance because I was so lost. I wasn’t sure what direction to take and all the online resources vary from author to author. Thank you so much for all of your help!”
What is Career Counseling?
Career counseling is a process designed to help you discover your passion, choose satisfying careers, build career management skills, and improve your ability to market and promote yourself in the job market. We utilize a “whole person” approach to career services and life decisions, meaning we recognize that you and your career are inseparable.
We are interested in helping you achieve greater satisfaction in your life and will help you align your career goals to match your personal goals and desires (i.e., greater work-life balance). This includes recognizing when career difficulties are a reflection of personal difficulties. We also can help with removing obstacles such as fear of failure, lack of confidence, and procrastination so that you can grow and move forward in your career.
What is career counseling? It’s having an objective partner helping you with career planning one step at a time. Keep in mind, however, that career development is a lifelong process as your skills and experience grow along with your life needs.
Career counseling is not a job placement or recruitment service although we can help you find one depending on the career path you select.
How Does Career Counseling Work?
Career opportunities and career paths are more diverse than ever. Few people stay with the same career over their lifespan and our career needs change as our lifestyle changes. Whether shifting to full-time work, a home-based business or entrepreneurial pursuits, understanding your priorities, values, strengths and fears, and developing skills to adapt to a changing environment are key.
Effective career counseling is much more than personality and career assessment tests, though they can offer a place to start. At Eddins Counseling Group our career services approach integrates concepts and exercises taken from solid research and theory in the areas of psychology, coaching, and career development. We have synthesized this information based on what works for long-term career satisfaction and combined it with a practical approach based on real-world experience.
Our process generally involves discovering the answers to the following questions: who am I, what do I want, where am I going, and how do I get there?
Because everyone seeks assistance at different points in their life, the actual process is customized to your particular needs and you may touch on each of the four steps concurrently.
Who Am I?
This step involves clarifying your unique gifts and strengths, recognizing beliefs that may impact you in your life and career, identifying what motivates you, and deciding how you want to use your strengths.
As you prepare to seek out opportunities, this information will be the foundation of how you communicate about yourself to others. By focusing on your strengths and how you can solve problems, you shift the focus in your job search from “how can you help me” to “here’s how I can help you.”
What Do I Want?
This step involves exploring how you would like your personal life to be and deciding what you want more of in your work life. A key aspect is identifying your most important values. Values serve as the anchor to what’s most important to us and provides a clear picture of what brings satisfaction in life and work. Values also move us in a direction away from fears. Clarifying what you want also includes practical issues and preferences, such as salary and which skills from your career history you want to build upon.
As you work towards clarifying what it is that you want for your career and take steps in that direction, you may find yourself getting stuck at certain points. This often has to do with lack of career information or fears arising along the way, which everyone possesses. You will learn to identify and address those fears and use your values to keep you focused and on track.
Really clarifying what you want occurs before you can begin to set tangible goals. The actions you take stem from knowing your desires and aspirations and deciding how your career and life work together to achieve them.
Where Am I Going?
This step involves exploring career options and life paths and opportunities. It also involves looking at how you do what you do so that you can increase the likelihood of achieving your goals. The key is to continue to move forward by taking committed action and setting tangible goals. We will focus here on getting very clear and concrete about your plan and career direction.
How Do I Get There?
This step involves practical strategies to find a job, change career, get started with your business ideas such as how to access the hidden job market, or focus your business goals. It might even involve developing additional competencies or taking on new roles in your current position to prepare for your next transition. In this stage of the process, we will get specific about concrete steps you can take to move forward as a job seeker, focusing on the simplest and most doable action steps.
You Can Develop the Confidence to Move Forward
At Eddins Counseling Group, we believe there is a satisfying, fulfilling career for everyone. As a removed and experienced third party, your career counselor can help you clarify your priorities, desires, and goals. You can identify and focus on your core values, strengths, and skills and explore your career possibilities.
“I came to you several months back looking to make a career change because of unhappiness with the job I was working in the oil and gas industry. Your guidance and assessments really helped me get focused and thinking about other career opportunities. I pursued the certification courses we discussed and am now already working in my new career. I am so happy with my career change and look forward to a fun and exciting new career. Thanks again for your help. I truly appreciate the time you spent with me and the genuine concern you expressed in helping me find a new career.” SF – mid life career changer
In sessions, you can also build the confidence and courage you need to pursue your goals. Your counselor can help you develop the tools needed to feel empowered as you seek out your ideal career path. Everyone has unique skills. In fact, because the things you excel at come easily to you, you may not realize that you have a talent for public speaking, design, time management, wood working, etc. Once you and your counselor have identified your core strengths, you can develop a better understanding of your unique job qualifications.
“Joan really understands where I’m coming from. She provides constructive “direction” when needed. Was able to be appropriately pro-active in improving compensation – it worked!” R.S. – career advancement
Our Counselors Have Real-World Experience
Each counselor at Eddins Counseling Group has worked in careers outside of counseling. We have real-world job finding skills and know what employers look for in a student or job applicant. And, we know what you are going through. We know the anxiety and stress that can come with a career transition, and we have experienced the light at the end of the tunnel. Because each of our career counselors are trained therapists, and trained in vocational psychology as well as career counseling, we have a unique insight and understanding into the mental, emotional, and physical challenges of a career transition. Your counselor can teach you stress management tools before your big interview, or help you develop techniques to manage fear and build confidence to pursue what you really want in your career.
“My career counselor’s guidance and ability to help me figure things out on my own have helped me immensely. As a result of working with her: I have a new outlook on life in general– I’m happier; I’ve been able to work through several issues that have been hindering me from figuring out what I want to do career-wise.” S.C. – career direction
With our unique qualifications, we can help you come up with a plan and effectively put it into action. We value the big picture as well as the action steps necessary to make a career change happen. Your career counselor can help you put your personality, interests, values, skills, and strengths together so you can feel confident to pursue the most fulfilling job and a satisfying life.
Our Career Development Assumptions:
- Each person’s talents are enduring and unique.
- Each person’s greatest room for growth is in the area of his or her greatest strengths. Focus on your strengths not your weaknesses.
- In today’s society there are unlimited possibilities you can create for a purposeful career and multiple paths you can take.
- We’re not about asking a small question, “What do I want my career to be?” We’re about asking a bigger question, “What do I want my life to be, and how does my career fit into that picture?”
- While it’s very human to wish that someone else would make difficult career and life decisions on your behalf, you are the expert of you.
- Career management is a never-ending process. The more you learn about yourself and the outside world, the more you will re-evaluate your values and life needs.
Although you may believe career counseling can help you find your ideal job, you may still have questions or concerns…
I’m Worried About the Cost of Career Services
If you are between careers or are contemplating quitting a job, it’s normal to worry about expenses. However, career counseling is a long-term investment in your future. Consider how much time and money you might spend on switching college majors or moving from unfulfilling job to job. And, if you are miserable in your current career, you may not want to waste anymore years there. You career counselor can save you hours of job-hunting, tuition cost of changing majors, help you find a better career, and help you learn to negotiate a salary so you can make more money in the future. Career counseling is worth the investment. If you itemize your deductions, career counseling can even be part of your job search expenses on your taxes.
I’m Afraid to Leave the Security of My Current Job
Many people worry about making a big career change. However, if your job is truly making you unhappy, a change may be necessary for your long-term well-being. Work stress and discontent impact so many aspects of your life and can lead to tense relationships, financial worry, and even diminished physical health. One the one hand, you may feel you are in your comfort zone. But, if you take a step back and really examine your life, you may find your current job is not making your life comfortable at all. You and your career counselor can develop a slow, step-by-step plan to help you make a gradual transition between jobs. You don’t have to make any huge leaps. As you put your plan into action, you can stop allowing fear to limit your dreams and begin to live in service of your values. Through career counseling in Houston, you can find a satisfying job in your area.
I Don’t Have Any Experience or Skills
You might worry that you are just not qualified for the type of career that you want. In sessions, your career counselor can help you identify your core strengths and your transferable skills. If you need specific experience, education or training to qualify for a job, your career counselor or coach can show you opportunities to learn new skills or receive appropriate certifications. By examining your resume and cover letter, looking at your life experience, and identifying what is relevant to your dream career, we can help you see yourself in a fresh, more positive way. Many of our clients don’t see all the strengths they actually do bring to the table because we tend to take what comes easy to us for granted.
“Joan helped me find a great new direction for my career and also to finally begin my journey to self-acceptance and confidence. Joan is the best! I recommend her to all of my friends who are going through career troubles like I did!” -career direction
How Long Does Career Counseling Last?
Career counseling services are based on the client’s individual needs. Length of time involved can range from a brief consultation on a specific question (i.e., how to address a gap in your resume, write a cover letter or linked in profile) to a complete individual personality, interest, strengths, and values assessment and assistance with making a career transition or job search campaign.
What career counseling is for you is largely related to what you want to get out of the process. Often, it can be exciting in the beginning to discover new possibilities for your career and insights about yourself. However, it can get difficult when you begin to apply the steps to move into a new career direction. This can be where working with a career counselor is most beneficial. The process can begin with help to find a career and continue with help to keep forward momentum and realize your career potential.
What Should I Expect in Career Counseling Sessions?
You play the active role in managing your career and will be largely responsible for the outcome. However, you can expect motivation and support through the process as well as practical assistance in “how to get there”. Collaboratively, goals will be set and action plans established to provide direction and help you achieve short and long-term career goals. In order for you to get the most out of career counseling, it is helpful if you start thinking ahead about the things you want and don’t want out of your life. Your career counseling experience will be unique and tailored to your specific needs and career goals.
To help you clarify your career path, career testing services are also available. Career assessments can help you identify your personality type and career options based on your career interests and strengths.
While the majority of our career counselors don’t write resumes and cover letters for you, we do have a few career counselors who can. If this is a service you need, please be sure to let our Client Care Coordinator know when you call.
Career Counseling Services in Houston or Online
Regardless of your schedule and location, our services can help you plan for your future. Our services are available face to face, or online counseling via phone or secure video conferencing for your convenience. Specify your preference when scheduling your appointment.
You Can Find a Satisfying, Fulfilling Career
If you are unhappy in your job or unsure of how to start, we can help. Your career is a large part of your life. You don’t need to spend years feeling lost, unmotivated, and unfulfilled. There is a path for you.
Get Our Career Development Guide
For additional self-exploration, download our career guide: 7 steps to making career changes.