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Career Guidance: Everything you need to know to hire

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What is Career Guidance?

Career Advice: You can certainly talk to a friend, co-worker, boss or teacher about your career questions. In addition, this type of conversation can also be done with a mentor, coach or career advisor. So, to identify what each does in relation to the other, read about the difference between mentoring, coaching, therapy and career guidance.

Formal career guidance consists of hiring a specialized professional who masters career management tools to help you define the next professional steps. Therefore, in genuine career guidance, recommendations are based on concrete and methodologically proven instruments.

Why and when to hire a Career Guidance job?

The reason for hiring Career Guidance and career guidance for young people varies according to your professional question. So it can consist of:

  • Choosing a career – when there is doubt about the path to choose to enter the job market, a common need for young people finishing high school;
  • Changing format or professional path – when there is dissatisfaction with the current career and more questions than answers about what and how to adjust;
  • Adjust the professional path – when the professional is satisfied with how the career has developed, but feels uncomfortable. In addition, it is difficult to identify the root cause and the best way to deal with it;
  • Career development – when the professional is satisfied with his career, wants to take the next steps and wants to confirm his plans using consistent instruments to avoid a bad step.
Results orientation: Career orientation

Results orientation: Career orientation

In summary, the first sign that help will be welcome comes when you look at your career and feel incomplete about it. The discomfort can be, for example, in the boss (70% of cases), in colleagues, in the type of task.

Verification of the type of discomfort with the career

In order to get started, mark your level of satisfaction in relation to the key aspects of your career from 0 to 5 and get a first ‘smell’ of where the problem is.

  • Segment – How much do you feel inspired by the segment?
  • Company – How much do you admire the company where you work and what it does for the world?
  • Manager – How inspired are you by your immediate manager?
  • Client – How pleasant is it to interact with your customers (external or internal) on a daily basis?
  • Team – How much do you appreciate and admire your team (subordinates and peers)?
  • Area – How proud is your area for you?
  • Activities – How satisfied are you with doing your day to day activities?

So, after that first reflection, use this table from time to time. It will certainly help you to identify how much things have evolved.

How to choose a Career Advisor?

If you are considering more than one advisor, then build a matrix and rank them using the following criteria:

  • METHODOLOGY – first check the methodological depth and consistency used by the advisor to support the guidelines. Then, make sure that the indications have a reliable statistical basis. Without it, you are likely to be at the mercy of personal values and opinions with the advisor’s bias;
  • EXPERIENCE AND VARIETY – first of all, investigate the advisor’s experience, the variety of markets he has worked with, the different seniorities attended and segments. Someone very expert in a single segment can be good when you know exactly what you want and what you are very talented for. If that’s the case, why do you even need to hire Career Guidance? Furthermore, the advisor with diverse experiences can bring new and richer perspectives, helping to see different possibilities and new paths outside the usual;
  • INSPIRATION AND APPRECIATION – in other words, in the initial interaction did you feel like keeping the conversation going or were you itching to get out of the situation? In addition, did the points already mentioned make you want to move on and be more provoked or do you prefer to stay in your comfort zone and that level of provocation was excessive?

True Career Guidance processes want you to become autonomous and protagonist in the management of your career. This means that instead of ‘giving you the fish, he will help you catch it’. In fact, instead of dressing up ‘pretty’ and putting you in front of an interviewer (like a Disney Fast Pass), the orientation will teach you to identify what you should prioritize and avoid to be happy. It will also show you what to put on your resume and why, so that later on you can do it yourself. In short, this means that the advisor is giving touches but the execution depends on you, as well as the results. Read also: Parallel careers.

Do you need Career Guidance? Respond to this quick inventory about your Career Moment and get a concrete answer.

Published in March 2019

AUTHOR [Maria Candida Baumer de Azevedo]