“One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is to listen to each others’ stories” which is exactly what we do as counselors. If you are thinking or wondering whether you should become a counselor, Sally Healy had gathered the most important reasons why you should become a counselor.
Here are the top 5 reasons why.
- You Have a Passion for Making a Difference
Every day I speak with people who are considering a career in counseling, and when I ask them why they want to pursue this career path the number one answer is passion. To make a positive difference in the lives of others.
However, sometimes fear is expressed with comments like “what if I fail?” When you seek your passion there will always be an element of fear, however, if you let the fear rule, then your passion will lie dormant and you will never know. Speak to anyone who is in a career they love and they will more than likely tell you they were scared at the beginning. Remember that skills can be learned however your passion is part of who you were born to be. If you don’t try you will always be left wondering “what if I succeeded?”
- A Sense of Meaning
Those who are interested in becoming a counselor often express to me and our team that they are looking for a sense of fulfillment in their career. They have a strong desire to be part of meaningful work that they don’t find in their current roles.
More and more people as changing careers and seeking out roles where they know they are going to be able to make a difference. Helping others through tough times often provides a sense of purpose and makes work and your career path so much more rewarding. Gone are the days of staying in a job you don’t enjoy, there are too many options in the modern world to pursue new studies e.g. a Diploma in Counselling course, new career paths and take the path you have a passion for.
- Previous Positive Experience with a Counsellor
Often people who have experienced the benefit of positive change in their own life through counseling are motivated to be able to offer the same help to others. This was one of the reasons I became a Counsellor and it increased my determination to succeed because I learned that there is no shame in seeking counselling and in fact it can completely turn around ones life. As a result of my positive experience, I have been able to go on and support many others through positive change. My experience enabled me to pursue my true passion and gave my career a sense of meaning.
- Opportunity to Work With New People Every Day
As a Counsellor, you get to work people from all walks of life every day. You will help many people overcome obstacles and emotional challenges, and whilst there are times when you will inevitably face challenges in this career the positives will far outweigh the negatives, and no two days are ever the same.
- Make a Positive Impact on Society
It is a sad fact that mental health issues are on the rise. Whilst counselors do not deal with mental health issues they do have the opportunity to identify and refer early on, ensuring the client receives appropriate treatment. That being said mental health is about being socially, cognitively and emotionally healthy; the way we think; feel and develop relationships and this is where a counselor can play a huge role in facilitating change. Every client you help will make a difference globally. Jigsaw has recently introduced a mental health first aid course to help adults how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.
“If you make a difference to just one person’s life you will create a domino effect that will, in turn, help many others”. Sally Healey CEO Jigsaw Training Group
Article is taken from https://jigsaw.edu.au/top-five-reasons-for-becoming-a-counsellor/