Considering a career in law?
If you are considering going to law school but you are not 100% sure if it is the right decision for you, you may want to consider going to a professionally trained career counselor for guidance. After all, you may be plunking down enough money to buy a small house!
Unlike a career coach, who focuses on more concrete tasks like developing a resume, practicing interviewing, and honing networking skills, a career counselor focuses on helping one understand the best career path for them. Career counseling sessions are dynamic and involve one-on-one conversations. They apply the use of both personality tools related to career/work needs as well as career assessments for aptitudes, skills, interests, and values.
One reputable organization that lists “Certified Career Counselors (CCC)” is The National Career Development Association (NCDA). Every CCC has a Master’s or Doctoral degree in Psychology. Before they are granted the CCC certification, these counselors must take a 4-hour examination testing their understanding of ethics, multicultural populations, career theories and job resources. Then, they must continually take courses to keep their certifications active.
Here is a link to search for NCDA career counselors:
So, before you invest in law school, it may be wise to spend a little extra money to ensure you are making the right decision for you. A wrong choice at this critical juncture in your life can result in wasted years and significant debt.
Published by Sheryl Odentz on LinkedIn on October 4, 2021. Sheryl Odentz is the founder of Progress in Work LLC, an award-winning career management counseling and coaching firm. Sheryl helps lawyers and other types of professionals with a wide range of career issues from career transitions, business development and leadership.