"Most Britons [are] resigned to spending their entire adult lives working at jobs chosen for them by their unthinking sixteen-year-old selves."

Extract from The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by

Alain De Botton

"It does not seem to be true that work necessarily needs to be unpleasant. It may always have to be hard, or at least harder than doing nothing at all. But there is ample evidence that work can be enjoyable, and that indeed, it is often the most enjoyable part of life."

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1990)
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.






Career Counselling

The Ideal
Relatively few people end up working in their dream job (or their dream job doesn't turn out to be what they thought it would be!) Wishful thinking, flawed thinking, our reliance on external sources and opportunities, our personality, our abilities, our education, economic factors, and life circumstances in general all play a part in shaping our career histories and choices.

It might seem too obvious to state, but research consistently shows that people who are in jobs that match their interests and abilities, and meet their psychological needs (a good person-environment fit) are less prone to work related health issues, are more likely to be 'engaged', and are generally more productive. And that can only be a good thing, for both the individuals and the employers.

New Directions
Our career counselling service is about helping people (of any age and at any 'stage' in their career) achieve clarity about their current situation, to identify and explore the possibilities and options available to them, to evaluate those options, and to formulate an action plan - without losing sight of reality!

We use a range of tools and activities to help people make informed educational and occupational decisions, so that they and their employers can reap the benefits.

New Perspectives
Career counselling isn't just about developing self and situational awareness for making new career decisions. Such awareness can sometimes lead to an alternative and acceptable understanding of the current job, or the identification of necessary adjustments, which can often be enough by itself to improve a career situation.

Thus, career counselling can be invaluable to both individuals and organisations who provide such a service for their staff

Our service is available privately to individuals, to groups, and to organisations. We offer integrated packages that can include career counselling interviews, career coaching, career information provision, assessment and self-assessment tools, career education programmes, redundancy counselling, and lots more.

Read about our related Coaching Psychology provision here.

To find out more about how you can benefit from our career counselling service, please contact us.

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