Hannes Wessels Career Counselling Cape Town

If you’re reading this, you’re probably ready for a career change. Maybe you are bored, feel stuck, and reached your ceiling. Choosing a future career can be overwhelming and confusing. You want clarity, direction and guidance. Career counselling helps you move forward. 

I have helped various clients find their calling, gain self-knowledge, find a career path, take their careers to the next level, and live more purposeful lives.I help you move from… 

Confusion to clarity
Stuckness to momentum
No idea to action
From uncertainty to your next career move

In the modern economy people reinvent themselves constantly. You are allowed to  strive and have more purpose in your work and career choices. Career counselling empowers you to move towards more meaningful work. It helps you be comfortable with the ambiguity in deciding on a career path.

What is career counselling?

Career counselling is a process that uses career tests and interviewing techniques to empower you to make an informed decision about your future and current career prospects. It is a collaborative process that helps you design your ideal career or life.

Career counselling empowers you:

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  • To decide what to study.
  • Inform you on what career field is best suited for you.
  • Highlight careers that will provide you with a sense of purpose.
  • Design a joyful life at any stage of your career.
  • Identify what skills you need to move forward in your career.
  • Make a decision about the subjects you have to take at school.
  • Provide you with career information resources.

How does career counselling work?

The career counseling process is a collaborative process. The career counselor would use various career assessments and career guidance techniques. The results of your career tests are used to help you make a career choice. 

One of the most researched approaches to career counselling is the life design approach. The life design approach to career counselling has gained popularity. The work of Mark Savickas allowed the career counsellor to shift the approach from test and tell approach in career counselling to a more collaborative and dynamic approach.  

This means you don’t have to be stuck with a permanent career, rather as part of you career development you are empowered to design your life in a lifelong process. 

What does the career counselling process look like?

    The career counselling process, depending on your career development needs, normally consists of the assessment process and the counselling process. Traditionally these are the type of assessments I use during the career counselling process:
  • Personality assessment 
  • Values assessment 
  • Interest assessment
  • Aptitude assessment

However, the traditional approach has come under scrutiny lately. Therefore as a career counsellor I use the life design approach, which is more evidence based and relevant to your needs. 

The life design approach helps you discover the life you want to create for yourself.  Your career path becomes the platform for your life and not your life. 

Values of career counselling

Your career information empowers you to make career choices. The information from the career assessments helps you tell your own story. A key feature is to identify the career themes that emerge during the process. The process entails deconstructing your personal narrative and then reconstructing it through the awareness the process brings. The themes identified empowers you and help you live out your journey through potential careers. Prof Kobus Maree and Adeline Twigge summarises this beautifully in their article by stating: 

“[Career] assessment and intervention should, therefore, be aimed at improving people’s employability, enhancing their career adaptability, and helping them assume authorship of their career and life stories

Who usually needs career counselling: 

  • A student needing clarity on what career will suit their abilities
  • A student that needs to decide which subjects to choose at school
  • A graduate that is seeking clarity on the career decisions A person seeking a career change
  • A young adult going through a quarter-life crisis a process that uses career tests and interviewing techniques to empower you to make an informed decision about your future and current career prospects. It is a collaborative process that helps you design your ideal career or life.