This job is sometimes referred to as:
- Careers Counsellor
- Life Coach
- Career Consultant
- Career Adviser
Counsellors help people to deal with their feelings and responses, and decide on actions they can take to solve problems and create change in their lives.
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The National Diploma in Counselling (Level 6) from Careerforce (the Social Services ITO) is considered the minimum professional qualification needed to become a counsellor. Most employers will only hire qualified counsellors who are members of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors.
However, the profession is unregulated, which means anyone can set up their own counselling business.
To become a careers counsellor, a diploma or Masters in guidance counselling is recommended.
However, degrees in fields such as psychology, human resource management, education, sociology or commerce are also useful.
There are no specific entry requirements to become a life coach. However, a diploma or other qualification in coaching from a professional coaching school is strongly recommended. Courses should involve at least 60 hours of practical and theoretical training.
- Career Development Association of New Zealand - information on career counselling qualifications
- International Coach Federation Australasia website - information on accredited coach training programmes in Australia and New Zealand
- NZ Association of Counsellors website - information about training options
- Careerforce ITO website - information about the National Diploma in Counselling
At least four years of secondary education is preferred. A tertiary entrance qualification may be needed to enter some courses. Useful subjects include English and languages.
Counsellors need to be:
- mature and supportive
- caring and empathetic
- positive, broad-minded and non-judgemental
- able to appreciate people’s strengths and notice change
- patient and persistent
- able to keep information private
- able to relate to people from a range of cultures and backgrounds.
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Useful experience for counsellors includes social work or community work. Life experience and any work that involves helping or caring for people is an advantage, as is any research in related fields.
View information on courses in the course database
Find out more about training
- Career Development Association of NZ (CDANZ)
- 04 388 8040 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.cdanz.org.nz/
- Careerforce ITO
- email@example.com - www.cssito.org.nz
- International Coaching Federation (ICF) Australasia
- (09) 449 1548 - www.icfaustralasia.com
- NZ Association of Counsellors (NZAC)
- (07) 834 0220 - www.nzac.org.nz/
- Te Rau Matatini - Māori Mental Health Workforce Development
- firstname.lastname@example.org - www.matatini.co.nz/
Updated 22 Sep 2014