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The economic crisis is messing up the job market. Superfluous investment bankers are wandering disoriented, big companies dismiss assembly line workers, even traditional companies are bankrupt - and many people have to rethink. A career counselor can help!

Career Counselor: Training path Activity Career


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A professional consultant can help

Many people have lost sight of their personal and professional goals - I know that since I first settled in Buxtehude almost exactly ten years ago as the first private career counselor in Germany and thus was a pioneer for a new profession.

Managers, skilled workers or engineers, often people have worked too long or too little outside the box for years, and now they can use support to critically analyze their situation and make individual solutions. And the labor market situation is changing faster than you can study.

The employment agency is not sexy enough!

Here I have my own safe official job in the employment office against the uncertain self-employment exchanged - for tangible reasons: In the office not only the time is missing for a sound advice and the right view outside the box. Anyone who does not know from the outset how to proceed for him soon finds himself in a labor market policy measure in which a place was vacant. The employment agency is simply not sexy enough for many customers! "

But now, especially in times of uncertainty, it requires a pause for reflection and a well thought-out strategy - sometimes even forced because of unemployment - in which professional career or career counselors are a sensible investment to get back on their feet, develop new perspectives and meet the requirements of the Working life to keep up. With the insight that the only way out of the crisis is to create one's own resources, a first important step has been taken.

How do you become a professional consultant?

The way to such a career and career advice far away from the employment office is not always easy. 1998 has abolished the federal government's career guidance monopoly of offices. Since then, 565 career counselors have registered with the Berufsberatungsregister of the German Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (dvb).

But a corresponding professional law does not exist so far, the dvb has been calling for years to stop wild growth and charlatanry. There are also many black sheep who, for example, make career counseling and job placement under one roof. For them and the dvb an absurdity, because who at the same time mediates a job and collects commission, could not independently advise.

Qualification & Career

In order to ensure quality advice, professional consultants commit to refrain from such amalgamations, to receive regular training and to submit to the standards of the professional advice register of dvb. In addition, regular supervisions are a matter of course. No question for the dvb consultants is also not to ask for a checkout after a first meeting. Both parties have to decide for each other, only then we agree on a contract, define the goals and the duration of the consultation and thus also the budget.

I am no longer the only private career counselor in Germany, but still a sought-after contact person when it comes to questions of career orientation. Today I am 45 years old, I am a trained educator, I have studied vocational counseling in Mannheim and Switzerland, worked as a consultant for eleven years in the Employment Agency before completing my own employment and have completed various comprehensive counseling and now also psychotherapeutic further education courses.

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