3 Skills Counselors Need to Learn During Their Academic Career
After the internet arrived, how students learn changed fundamentally and their expectations of their programs did as well. Schools that set their students up to be not just counselors but leaders of the industry will attract more students, enjoy a respected reputation, and have stronger alumni engagement.
Practical Skills Every Counseling Student Should Learn
Do you ever wish you had learned how to do your taxes in high school? Imagine if your civics class taught you why we pay taxes, how to pay taxes, and what your taxes will be used for. You would have learned the philosophy behind them, gained a new appreciation for the complexity of the tax system, and the crucial knowledge of how to effectively participate in it.
Likewise, counseling students are in school to learn how to connect with people and help them heal. Yet, they also want to learn skills that will help them with the day-to-day operations of the job. No matter how passionate a student is about the academic process, most wish to combine theoretical knowledge with practical tools that will help them navigate their future lives.
Here are 3 skills that practicing counselors wish they had learned (or learned more about) during their academic career.
Skill #1: Public-Speaking Skills
Skill #2: Data Analysis Skills
Skill #3: Multicultural Competency Skills
The Bottom Line
When you prepare your students for an increasingly complex industry with these practical skills, they’ll feel confident from day one of their first counseling job and will be better alumni for it. Continue to add incremental changes to your existing curricula and technology toolbelt for easy but powerful, long term results.