Career counseling is the establishment of a counseling relationship between a professionally trained and skill certified career counselor and a person involving significant content, formal assessment and interpretation, teaching, and information giving in the context of a one-to-one relationship.
The Career Development Center (CDC) has professionally trained and nationally certified counselors as well as trained career advisors to help you in your career decision-making. If you are undecided about your major, career, or other career-related decision our counselors and advisors may be able to assist you.
The career counseling process involves students meeting one-on-one with a counselor to discuss career related issues such as: choosing a major, expanding or narrowing down options for a major, exploring graduate school and or learning the necessary skills for the world-of-work.
Students typically meet with a counselor for more than one session. The first session usually involves an intake where the counselor can begin to understand the student’s concern(s) & thoroughly explain the career decision-making process. This process involves an understanding of interest, skills, values, decision-making style and how it relates to the world-of-work. During the appointment the counselor in collaboration with the student may decide to assign a career assessment (see career assessment ). The career assessments are exclusively for currently enrolled degree-seeking FAU student and/or alumni.
Career counselors can not make decision for students, or simply tell students what to do in planning their careers. The world-of-work is to complex to allow this. Ultimately, it is up to the student to engage in further research and assume responsibility for making their career choices. Career counselors are here to help students learn about the process of career planning and direct them to helpful resources.