If you like to help people and would like to make a career out of it here’s the lowdown on what to expect:
As a Counsellor, you’ll work with clients to help them with issues and difficulties in their life and work, so that they can resolve their problems and achieve their goals.
If you decide on a career in counselling, you’ll help with life, career, family, and study, issues by providing resources, strategies and information as necessary. You’ll assess your clients' situation and work with them toward a positive outcome.
Skills required will be professionalism, discretion, and the ability to analyse. You’ll also develop skills in reporting, research, interventions and strategies to best help your clients.
Tempted by a counselling career? You’ll like it even more when you read this;
- Counsellors work in most parts of Australia.
- You’ll find work in Health Care, Social Assistance, Education and Training, Public Administration and Safety and the private sector.
- Opportunities for part-time work are common.
- Average earnings for full-time workers are around $50,000 to $80,000 per annum.
Types of Courses
A bachelor degree is usually required to start your counselling career.
Short courses related to counselling are a great way to find out more about what a career in counselling is about. You can also enjoy related topics to help you build on your knowledge.
Short Courses can last around 3 to 7 weeks and can focus in on a variety of niche topics.
Certificate II/III Courses:
A Certificate II and III courses in related topics, or counselling will start to build on your knowledge in preparation for higher education.
A Bachelor degree is an entry level requirement for a counselling career. It is an extensive course covering everything that you could possibly need to know about your profession as a counsellor.
There are related jobs that you can work within as part of your career in counselling, such as;
- Rehabilitation Counsellor
- Disability Support Worker
- Community Support Worker
- Disability Services Instructor
- Mental Health Officer
- Mental Health Outreach Worker
- Mental Health Nurse
- Community Worker
- Family Support Worker
- Case Worker
- Outreach Worker
- Detoxification Worker