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Experience in choosing a career counselor

Recruitment experts offer four suggestions to help parents and students choose the right career counselor.

Older sister Nguyen Thai Ha has many years of experience in interviewing and recruiting personnel at an educational corporation. She is currently the Director of Recruitment Services of a company specializing in corporate governance consulting in Hanoi and has a Tiktok channel about career guidance content with 32 million views. Her four notes below help parents and students have a basis to decide to choose a career counselor.

1. Someone who helps you think positively and forward

Positive thinking is focusing emotionally and mentally on good things. Positive thinkers expect and hope for beneficial results. Your mind commands action, so if your mind is filled with negativity, worry or confusion, your actions and words may not be right and lead to positive results.

2. Must consult on authentic and reputable database

A not uncommon situation of career guidance in Vietnam is that if a student is found to be studying in major A or graduating from school B but can’t find a job, the counselor will assess that the industry lacks potential or the school is not reputable. However, this is the “seeing tree but not seeing the forest” mindset. Whether a person finds a suitable job or not is the result of a whole process of learning and growing up; and is a combination of thinking – physical – moral. You started working at 22, while college only lasted four years, so why only tie up responsibilities to those four years?

Every year, there are reports on labor market and recruitment trends of reputable agencies such as Vietnamworks, TopCV… based on surveys of hundreds and thousands of companies. Besides, there are also reports on employment results after graduation of universities and state organizations. Those are the authentic databases to make judgments about an industry, thereby assisting you in making the right decision.

3. Counselors must help you understand yourself

No specific career advice can be applied exactly to everyone. Many candidates are still choosing a career based on expected results, such as high salary, hot industry, stable job… but in reality, you have to make a decision from root factors such as interests, dreams, learning capacity, values ​​that we value in life, personality…

For example, the accounting profession used to be very popular because many people thought that doing this profession would be “colorful”. That mindset makes many people rush to learn, even if they don’t like and are not good at working with data. As a result, it is now up to the learners themselves and their companies to suffer. Learners feel that it is a waste of youth to do work they do not like and are not good at, and the company does not want an employee who lacks career passion.

4. Be responsible for the directions

When you intend to heed a piece of advice, stop for a few seconds to ask yourself: who is responsible for this decision? Is it you who gave that advice or yourself? “Thinking in bets” is my favorite way of thinking. This concept describes how if you only think about something, you tend to draw excessive conclusions about it.

“Thinking in bets” is a way of forcing you to think deeply about an issue by putting it under the lens of reality. Instead of thinking in general “thing A is definitely true” or “thing A is definitely wrong”, you will think: “If I had to bet X money on thing A to be true/false, would I dare to bet?”. Boldly ask the opposite of this question to the person who gives you career advice, you will eliminate valuable advice.

The essence of advice is to provide an extra filter for us to make decisions. With important decisions like choosing a career, if you choose the wrong one, the consequences can be very serious, like going astray.

Nguyen Thai Ha

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