Career Counseling

Career Counseling is an invaluable resource for individuals who are struggling to identify educational or work opportunities that fit with their abilities and interests. An effective career counselor considers the whole person – their interests, skills, work values, personality, preferred geographical settings, desired income, family needs, ideal workplace environments, experience, and education – and then evaluates the multiple opportunities available in the current marketplace to find a good fit. Putting the Puzzle Together Career Counseling Tacoma We at APA  have found that many people who live in Tacoma and neighboring areas in the Puget Sound area – such as Gig Harbor, Olympia, Federal Way, and even Seattle, WA – do not know where to go to receive holistic career counseling. For this reason, APA has employed counselors who have a specialty in working with job and educational indecision, and have earned a reputation for providing comprehensive and effective career counseling upon which Puget Sound area residents can rely.

What exactly are Career Counseling and Assessment?

Career assessment is a process that typically involves the evaluation of an individual’s interests, skills, personality traits, values, and past employment experiences. It usually includes  several interviews and the administration of various assessment instruments. The assessment process may also include “coaching” the individual in researching industries, conducting informational interviews, job shadowing, and other hands-on activities. The career counselor will then help to narrow down the possible career choice options so the individual is better prepared to make an informed career choice.  For individuals who are already employed, it can also include developing strategies for negotiating a promotion, improving compensation, and advancing within one’s organization.

Why receive Assessment from a Career Counselor?

Outside of sleeping, there is likely no single activity that is engaged in with greater frequency than work. Beginning in the formative years, children are regularly asked what they want to be when they grow up. This question Tacoma Career Counselor Brett Copeland Doing Career Assessment Allenmoreimplies the prominent role that careers play in the human lifespan. Unfortunately, this major aspect of human life has also become increasingly turbulent. While prior generations may have had the good fortune of spending their career with the same company, current job seekers are facing tremendous instability in the workforce. For example, research on Baby Boomers indicated that the average person changed jobs 10.8 times from the ages of 18 to 42. Although some of these moves reflect desired change, a shaky economy leads to increasing levels of job dissatisfaction and under-employment. Rates of long-term unemployment are also at historic levels. And yet little is offered in terms of clear, targeted assistance dedicated to harnessing the specific skills associated with identifying, securing, and retaining fulfilling employment.

How Can APA Career Counselors Help Tacoma Residents?

All of our career counselors have years of graduate school training and practical experience that equip them to help individuals with their career assessment needs. Some counselors have backgrounds that include academic advising and business consulting that provide them with a useful perspective that can aid the assessment process.  Our career counselors also often administer several vocational and sometimes psychological assessment instruments that can be very helpful with the career assessment process.

At APA, all of our career counselors are trained mental health counselors. Their mental health training and experience Business Man with Road Signs Career Counseling Tacomaenables them to evaluate and treat other factors (depression, worry, indecision, lack of motivation) that can be barriers to obtaining a fulfilling career.

If you or someone you know is seeking to start a new career, re-enter the workforce, or simply find more fulfilling work, our Tacoma counselors have the specific training and education needed to assess and “coach” them in doing so. Given our combined experience working and counseling in numerous educational settings, we are also trained to provide advising for students who are struggling with decisions about their major, as well the numerous undergraduate or graduate school opportunities, and need help from a career counselor with these academically-based decisions.

If you or someone you care about is looking for effective educational or career counseling in Tacoma, WA we hope you will feel welcomed to contact us at (253) 752-7320. Our office is located just minutes from both Interstate 5 and Highway 16, making APA a convenient option for individuals who work or live in Seattle, Federal Way, Puyallup, University Place, Olympia, Gig Harbor, and a number of other major western Washington cities. When you contact us, your call will be answered by a knowledgeable and caring professional who has been trained to help people get scheduled with the provider on our staff who is the best fit for their needs. Our counselors genuinely look forward to helping bring clarity to any confusion you may be experiencing in relation to the educational or career processes.