What Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors Do
Advise and assist students and provide educational and vocational guidance services.
Other Job Titles Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors May Have
Academic Advisor, Academic Counselor, Admissions Counselor, Career Counselor, College Counselor, Guidance Counselor, School Adjustment Counselor, School Counselor, Student Development Advisor, Student Services Coordinator
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Check and answer emails (recruiters, students, professors), meet one-on-one with students, create designs for an event, host a career services event/workshop, take time to read news and industry articles, update social media. Network, network, network. 8 p.m.-12:30 p.m. Answer emails, edit images, update price lists, create promotions, update social media.
Tasks & Responsibilities May Include
Provide crisis intervention to students when difficult situations occur at schools.
Confer with parents or guardians, teachers, administrators, and other professionals to discuss children's progress, resolve behavioral, academic, and other problems, and to determine priorities for students and their resource needs.
Identify cases of domestic abuse or other family problems and encourage students or parents to seek additional assistance from mental health professionals.
Counsel individuals to help them understand and overcome personal, social, or behavioral problems affecting their educational or vocational situations.
Counsel students regarding educational issues, such as course and program selection, class scheduling and registration, school adjustment, truancy, study habits, and career planning.
Level of Education Attained by Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors
Most common level of education among people in this career: Master's degree (61%)
For them to know what all the classes they can take in high school that will make it a little easier in college. Also get a feel for what they like doing. Everyone focuses on high school kids but for me I think it all begins with middle school because that's where the youth gets lost. By high school if they are struggling it is very hard for them to keep track in high school.
If you are in middle school and you are interested in becoming a school counselor, see if you can meet with your school counselor to talk to him/her about what it is like. Ask yourself if you like listening to people talk about problems they are having, and if you want to help others. Keep your grades up, work on organization strategies, and learn to manage your time.
High School Students
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