Hannes Wessels Career Counselling Johannesburg Career Counselling Centurion

If you’re reading this, you’re probably ready for a career change or you want to help a loved one in distress about their future. Maybe you are just bored, feel stuck, and you reached your ceiling. Choosing a 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, know themselves better, take their careers to the next level, and live more purposeful lives.

I help you balance your desire to find work you love with the practical need to build a successful career that supports your lifestyle. We’ll help you find a new career path and put a plan in place to make it happen.

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:

  • 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.
  • Discover what is making you feel stuck.

How does career counselling work?

The career counselling process is a collaborative process. The career counsellor would use various career assessments. The results of your career tests are used to help you make a career choice. 

One of the more popular 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 career counselling to shift the approach from a positivistic paradigm in career counselling to a more constructivist paradigm. 

This means that career counselling is shifted from a worldview believing that your personality is fixed. It has moved from a ‘test and tell’ approach to an empowering approach of growth and development.

What does the career counselling process look like?

The career counselling process, depending on a client’s 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 due to its positivistic assumptions. Therefore the life design or career construction approach is recommended. 

This approach combines elements of self-construction. The career construction process normally entails the career construction interview and if the client needs more clarity the above mentioned assessments will be incorporated as well. In general help with life designing theory, career construction theory and the life design paradigm.

Values of career counselling

A very important aspect of this process is using this information to empower the client to make the decision. The information from the above-mentioned career assessments is used to empower the client to help tell their 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 through the process generally empower the client and help them live out their personal narrative through their career field. This will help to make the decision.

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