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, or 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. Career counselling empowers you to move towards more meaningful work and find a new career path. It helps you be comfortable with the ambiguity in deciding on a career path.

Old School Career Counselling
New School Career Counselling

What is career counseling?

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.
  • Provides you with valuable information about yourself.
  • 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 counseling 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 a 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 your 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 psychometric assessments the counselling process.

Psychometric assessments measure your personality, skill sets, & aptitudes and provide valuable information for your development.

My process however does not just entail psychometric assessments. As a career counsellor, I use the Life Design approach. 

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

Values of Life Design Counselling

Your information empowers you to make career choices. The information from the career assessments helps you construct your own narrative.

A key feature is identifying your life themes. I help you deconstruct your life themes and reconstruct them through the awareness the process brings. The identified themes empower you to take the necessary and informed steps.

Prof Maree summarises this beautifully in their article

“[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 needs career counselling: 

  • An adult currently looking for a future career.

  • A professional who wants to know if t particular position is for them.

  • A student needing clarity on what suitable options they have.

  • A student that needs to decide which subjects to choose at school.

  • A graduate that is seeking clarity on the next steps.

    A person feeling stuck and wanting to change jobs
    A young adult going through a quarter-life crisis