There are many career variants out there, some that are guided towards various aims. It’s hard to weigh the ‘worth’ of the career path you might wish to pursue over time, mostly, if it provides for you and gives you job security, and you can improve at your craft, then it’s generally worth your time.
Some may find that their technical prowess gives them the means to enter the civil engineering trade, crafting amazing time-saving bridges to help people in their daily lives. Another may wish to become a gardener, providing joy to those in possession of land and ensuring the natural landscape is respected in those areas.
Then we have those, a special breed, who wish to help people. Social workers, counsellors, nurses, doctors, midwifes, and many more professionals fit this category. It includes journalists and chefs, those who wish to run the best hair salon, and more. But let’s take a specific example where heavy topics are dealt with, those that seem like more of an art form than a strict science, such as counsellors.
What tips can we give to help those who wish to pursue a ‘helping’ career? Let’s try and answer those questions, below:
It’s Not About You
Remember that if you hope to help, it’s not about you. It’s about the people and the situations you serve. A firefighter may be a hero to others, but if he’s in it for heroics, his won’t last long or be half as effective in that position. Service careers are just that, service to other people. It’s not about you, even though you can find pleasure and growth in your work. Understanding this can help you keep your ego in check, and it also helps you allow the rationality of your practice - not your self-admiration, to shine.
It’s All About The Practice
Education is your first port of call, and it should be maximized and your best practices adhered to religiously in order to keep your professional candor from person to person, and from situation to situation. Studying to be a counsellor, for instance, requires a degree of qualification and the understanding of a professional code of ethics you must follow at all times. It’s not about your interpretation of how best practice is applied, rather it’s about what essential wisdom and regulations you must abide by from the start.
You Can’t Help Everyone
Unfortunately, you can’t help everyone in every single situation you will face. The best counsellor in the world can do their utmost but may not be able to get through to everyone, especially if a person in particular is in no way interested in improving or healing. Knowing this, you can more easily manage your energies and responsibilities, helping you make the most of the opportunities you do have, and you can also protect your own emotional health, which is always on the line in these tough jobs.
With this advice, we hope you can pursue a ‘helping’ career in the best, most illuminated manner.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.