College and University Counselling
We provide college and university career counselling to help you connect your interests, values and strengths to a program that will lead you to a meaningful and satisfying career. It is normal for students to struggle with choosing the right program because they need help identifying their interests and skills and they are unaware of the many options available to them. Others lack confidence in themselves or worry what family or friends think. In some cases, they may even fail to see the benefits of post-secondary education.
According to Statistics Canada;
- 9% of undergraduate students drop out after their 1st year; 20% switch programs after 2 years.
- 40% of undergraduate students finish their degree in 4 years; 74% finished within 6 years (average time to completion is 4.49 years)
- For college students, 9% switched programs after 1 year, and after 4 years only half of the original cohort graduated with their degree.
According to Canada's Youth In Transition Survey:
- 60% of post-secondary students graduate from a different program than the one they first started
- 25% of college and university students try three or more programs
Seek counselling if you:
- wonder if you have the skills and abilities to be successful in a challenging program
- worry that you won't find work when you graduate
- struggle to choose between several different interesting options
- lack confidence and feel stuck while your friends seem to be moving on
- worry about wasting time or money on a program that's not for you
Signs you may be in the wrong program
- Feel anxious, overwhelmed, or lost
- Feel like your current program isn’t the right fit
- Feeling disengaged, lost, or uninspired
- Having trouble keeping up with your course work
How We Can Help
We will work with you to conduct a series of in depth personality, strengths, and interest inventories to determine your needs. We will help you make an informed, well-researched career decision, so that you can feel confident you are in the right program and headed for a rewarding, meaningful career.
We will help you:
- Assess and consider your current situation and readiness for change
- Examine your strengths, skills, experiences, interests and goals
- Explore fields of work and career options that suit you
- Conduct thorough labour market research (income, employment rates, future trends, etc.)
- Explore educational options and conduct a cost/benefit analysis
- Make a decision that best fits your needs, goals and life circumstances (career, social, physical, financial and community)
Most importantly we will help you choose a plan that will improve your wellbeing and your quality of life.
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For information regarding employment for new grads check out 5 Tips to Get a Job Right Out of College.
About the Author:
Derrick McEachern is a Registered Counselling Therapist (RCT) in Nova Scotia, and a Canadian Certified Counsellor. He specializes in providing mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in the areas of addiction, healthy relationships, grief and loss, and career and life transitions. He offers workshops and webinars and consults with businesses on ways to improve employee wellbeing and mental health.