A college career counselor works in a college or university, helping students identify a career path that best fits their interests, experience, and major. They must also discuss the requirements for particular careers with students, and they must have contacts and resources for any additional student needs; this might include resources related to additional counseling and interview preparation, among other areas. Some college career counselor positions may require providing students with personal counseling as well. Generally, these counselors work full time in an office setting on a college or university campus.
Other tasks performed by college career counselors may include examining students' records to determine their needs, using computer-based analytical tools to determine what career and academic requirements that students are missing, and teaching courses and workshops relating to counseling and choosing careers. College career counselors might also be tasked with reaching out to struggling students and encouraging them to stay on track. These counselors should also be up to date on relevant trends to provide students with the best possible information and advice.
A minimum of a bachelor's degree is usually required for college career counselor jobs, and many positions require a master's degree as well. Additionally, previous relevant experience in counseling is usually needed. College career counselors should also be proficient with basic computer software.
College Career Counselor Tasks
Administer, analyze and interpret skills and aptitude tests.
Identify and connect students with training, mentors and other opportunities.
Interview students to develop career plans and work towards the requirements.
Support students in attaining and maintaining emotional well-being.