The Overview of the Career and Work Counselling course is a introduction or description of what a career counsellor's job is like. In this course, we discussed about learning styles, did listening activities, talked about the S-O-L-E-R, counselling skills and attributes, multiple intelligences, reluctance of clients, how to do probing, employability dimensions and conflict managements. All this class actives gave me a deep understanding of skills that I have and the areas where I need to improve to become a career counsellor.
During the second weeks of the class, Diane discussed about the learning styles that is available for people to use. The three learning styles are the visual, auditory and tactile. Visual style is where people like to leaning or remember best when they are using images, pictures, videos, charts and diagrams. This is the style where people like to see the things or can remember things with pictures. There is also the visual reading style where people learn best when they read about it and write about it. Auditory style is where people like to learn or remember best when they hear or talked about it. This style's people is best at learning at listening to the conversations and discussions of the lectures. Tactile style is also known as kinesthetic style, this is the style where people learn best when they practices with their hands or doing the things that they have learned. Kinesthetic learners like to have activities that is hands on, like to build things and enjoying making things.
On week three to week six we discussed about the listening skills which is the S-O-L-E-R, the counselling skills and the attributes. According to Diane's overview week 3 objectives for today's class PowerPoint slides "S" is for square, "O" is for open, "L" is for lean, "E" is for eye contact and "R" is for relax. S-O-L-E-R is a effective attending behaviour, career counsellor uses this behaviour to assure their clients that they are paying attention to what they are saying. Career counsellor needs to listen to what their client is telling them, therefore using the S-O-L-E-R will help the clients to relax, made them feel that you are listening by eye contacting and also giving them encouragements like verbal and nonverbal. In the career counselor's handbook, it says that "career counselling is helping people to discover and build the skills they most like using."(Howard, F. & Richard, N. B. 2007), therefore listening is very important step in finding out what is your client's skills is.
As a career counsellor, counselling skills is one of the most essential skills to have because they help counsellors to conduct interviews with their clients. In the overview week 5 Diane's PowerPoint slides, she talked about nonverbal minimal encouragers, verbal minimal encouragers, open questioning, closed questioning, reflection of content, reflection of feeling, summarizing and encouragement. I believe these are the essential skills that a career...