GEARY & ASSOCIATES, INC
Geary & Associates, Inc. offers career counseling services to help:
Who can benefit from career counseling services?
Career counseling can help you, if:
What can career counseling do for the individual?
Career counseling services can benefit the individual who is prepared to invest time and effort to achieve goals and objectives. Career counseling can help the individual:
What is the role of the counselor?
Career Counseling is not handholding. There is more to career counseling or consulting than just administering an aptitude/achievement test or interest inventory, viewing video modules or accessing computerized career exploration systems. These are useful tools- but only tools. The counselor will assist you in thinking through goals and objectives, researching options and exploring alternatives. The counselor will work with you to prepare a plan, guided by your needs, values and goals to set down what you want to achieve; i.e., your vocational, occupational and financial objectives.With considerable work on your part, the counselor will help you:
Sometimes the problems that you experience are rooted more in interpersonal relationships or personal issues. Since these issues may precipitate conflicts or unrest in your career or occupation, you may need counseling with a psychotherapist, marriage & family counselor, or psychologist to get to the root of the problem. Changing occupations may not be recommended until these issues are resolved. We will recommend a referral.
There are no cookbook solutions to career and occupational challenges. This field has more of its share of trendy fads based on junk research, fuzzy assumptions or bells & whistles. Please refer to What Color Is Your Parachute by Richard N. Bolles for information on selecting a career counselor. A counselor, educational institution, book, workbook, or videotape program cannot guarantee that you will achieve your goals, develop a plan of action, make an occupational decision or learn anything. A counselor or firm cannot guarantee that you will secure the employment you want.
Tests, computer software programs, Internet subscriptions, workbooks and other products are useful tools when used appropriately.
Geary & Associates, Inc. charge fees by the hour. Fees are payable at the end of the session. Equally important are the estimated total fees and calendar time, which of course, depend on the unique situation and needs of the individual. We will discuss estimated total hours and fees and the calendar time in advance. Individuals do not pay in advance or sign contracts or agreements.
How Many Counseling Hours!
The number of counseling sessions will vary with the individualís needs. A session is usually 1.0 to 2.0 hours. For Career Counseling, our experience suggests that the individual should be prepared to commit two to ten sessions over a period of four to twelve weeks. During this period, the individual should clear their calendar and expect to schedule a significant amount of personal time to complete assignments.
The Career Counseling Practice
Retaining a career counselor is like retaining an accountant, attorney, or financial planner. Each professional is trained to offer a specialized but related menu of services. There is a specialized vocabulary, professional practice protocol and office practices. You need to find out the specific services offered by the firm and most important what services the firm will not perform.The counselor will explain the process and the activities that will help you. You should expect to do significant research on your own. The counselor will also discuss what you can reasonably expect for your time, effort, and investment. Therefore, at the outset, you and the counselor should reach an agreement on the expected range of outcomes.
Career counseling services may include: