I appreciate this is pretty random but has anyone on here used a careers counsellor or is there anyone who might be able to recommend one to speak to? I am thinking about trying to change jobs and it would be helpful to have someone to discuss this with.
Probably need more of this in the modern no job for life world but God knows how you find a decent one in comparison to a self appointed lifestyle / career coach..
I remember the careers advisers at Uni weren't much cop, basically a self assessment questionnaire they completed with you that spat out a bunch of options
Would like to think in the real world things need a bit more nuance
Could your professional body offer a steer? Or are you looking to change sector/job role completely, for example software engineering to social work
> Probably need more of this in the modern no job for life world but God knows how you find a decent one in comparison to a self appointed lifestyle / career coach..
> Or are you looking to change sector/job role completely, for example software engineering to social work
A friend of mine did the reverse: she started as a social worker, but retrained as a computer programmer. Her comment at the time was that she was hoping to get on better with machines than she had with people!
Ok - back to the thread ...
Thanks for your message. At this stage I just want to have a chat with someone to work through some thoughts. But the end point will likely be leaving the sector I'm in. Good idea about the professional body - I'll get in touch with them. Agreed re uni careers service not being much help.
Possibly, I remember it suggesting police officer, electronic engineer or mechanical engineer. It transpires I have very limited aptitude for programming and don't really go for authority, I did however wind up studying mechanical engineering and have been working as one for 7 years now.
The bun fight for grad jobs means that careers advice at uni wasn't very useful (well, that and the insistence on assessment centres which I find to be a really unhelpful interview format).
Does your spouse also work with school students looking for university courses?
I'm helping a refugee with his 1st year A Level Maths and Further Maths (he's also taking Physics and Chemistry but thinking of dropping either Chem or FM to AS). Trouble is he doesn't know what he wants to do after Uni (much like me at his age 50 years ago!)