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What is a good job if you are good at giving advice when someone is struggling?

I like helping people when they are down. #career #therapy #counseling # #psychology

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Kim’s Answer

Hi Kiki!

There are so many helpful fields out there - from career counselors, credit counselors, marriage & family counselors, special ed teachers, etc., etc. Some of this will depend on what level of education you want to get, how much you want to earn, and, how much of other peoples' "drama" you can handle without becoming overwhelmed by it (there are coping mechanisms, which, you will learn, but, it is still a heavy burden for some).

One thing I want to point out to you as you start on this career path is, generally speaking, you will have greater success with your clients if you empower them to find their own solutions, rather than solving their problems for them. Especially since they might find a workable path that is great for them, but it is something you never considered. A lot of counseling consists of asking questions to get them thinking, and, posing your solutions as questions, as in, "have you ever considered . . . ?"

Depending on your age and what is available in your area, I encourage you to take steps now to get more actively involved. Some schools have peer counseling or dispute resolution programs - students helping students. Also see what is available through your church (if you belong to one) or other programs in your community. Since Phoenix is in Maricopa County, check out this link. Volunteer experience is always good for a resume!

https://teenlifeline.org/get-involved/volunteer/

Kim
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Kala’s Answer

Hi Kiki,

Congratulations on possessing a skill that's extremely valuable, but hard to find! Most of the answers have talked about counseling, coaching and mentoring as some of the career options. There are various industries that offer positions in these areas. You can get trained to be a professional counselor and make a difference to people who are struggling in their lives.

Here are some of the options:

- School Counseling
- Career Counseling Establishments
- Rehabilitation Counseling
- Mental Health Counseling
- Educational Counseling
- NGOs
- Social Development Agencies
- Corporate HR Divisions
- Government
- Self-Employment

Apart from non-profit organizations, there are some corporates who offer Employee Assistance Programs that aim at reducing the stress levels of employees and help them choose a better lifestyle by making healthier choices. If working in the corporate world is something you want to do, you can consider applying to such positions. All the very best!
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Jodie’s Answer

Hi Kiki, it sounds like you are a very empathetic person, which will help you build relationships in life. This is an important skill no matter what profession or career you go into! So much of any career will benefit from the ability to have good relationships.

I would suggest taking a few different courses to "try out" the fields that interest you. In my opinion you do not have to limit yourself to psych/counseling type fields, unless after some courses you decide that's the path you want to go.

You should think about what you are looking for from a job. So many different types of jobs with different benefits. Some people like to live out their passion (even if they do not make much money), some want a job that allows them to travel and afford the nice things in life, some want to work with children. You could also look into an internship or a job shadowing option to see what the job/field would be like on a day to day basis. And definitely consider how much school would be involved in order to reach your goal.

Also, as Kim answered above, you can try out using your interests in extra curricular activities as well. Mentoring at church, leading a girl scout troop, volunteering with the community- so may ways to help and give back.

Thank you for your empathetic and giving heart! I wish you the best in making your decisions.
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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Kiki, thank you for your question. I was rereading your post, I'm sorry to tell you none of the careers you mentioned give advice. There are jobs you can get working for the newspaper they have advice columns or companies on the internet looking for people to voice their opinion. Best of luck
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Leah’s Answer

I am currently getting my Master's in mental health counseling and it sounds like that would be a great option for you! I would research counseling programs and see if any of them interest you! And watch youtube videos on counseling and the mental health field is really helpful! Kati Morton is a youtuber who is also a therapist and she has a lot of videos on what counseling is like and being a therapist.
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Kristen’s Answer

Hi Kiki - Being empathetic and caring for others in a personality trait you take with you in whatever career path you choose.

I personally studied engineering and find my job as a IT Project Manager to need this trait on a daily basis. Getting others to align and work through the challenges they're having will help your team achieve the results they desire.

Don't limit yourself - think broadly and lean into this trait :)
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Denise’s Answer

Hi Kiki! That is definitely a good ability to have! There are definitely a wide range of jobs opportunities for that. The one that stand out the most would be psychology. This could lead to counseling, whether for kids, college students, couples, or anything marriage related! And that would mostly depend on you - who you want to interact with the most, who you want to help the most, and how much of if would affect you personally. I would personally try out some volunteering activities first to see what is most suitable for you. Regardless of what you choose, empathy is a great trait and could positively affect not only your future clients but also friends and families so I hope you get to help many people! Best of luck!
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Jodie’s Answer

Hi Kiki, it sounds like you are a very empathetic person, which will help you build relationships in life. This is an important skill no matter what profession or career you go into! So much of any career will benefit from the ability to have good relationships.

I would suggest taking a few different courses to "try out" the fields that interest you. In my opinion you do not have to limit yourself to psych/counseling type fields, unless after some courses you decide that's the path you want to go.

You should think about what you are looking for from a job. So many different types of jobs with different benefits. Some people like to live out their passion (even if they do not make much money), some want a job that allows them to travel and afford the nice things in life, some want to work with children. You could also look into an internship or a job shadowing option to see what the job/field would be like on a day to day basis. And definitely consider how much school would be involved in order to reach your goal.

Also, as Kim answered above, you can try out using your interests in extra curricular activities as well. Mentoring at church, leading a girl scout troop, volunteering with the community- so may ways to help and give back.

Thank you for your empathetic and giving heart! I wish you the best in making your decisions.
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Diane’s Answer

There are many ways that people can struggle; emotional, financial, physical, etc. So, determining what specifically interests you and then finding a way to use your skills empathizing and supporting others will provide you a path that gives you meaning, and makes a positive impact on others.
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Jp’s Answer

The good job for you is that you have energy and interesting in doing and can keep doing for a long time. This can help you to keep focus and maybe become a lifetime career. One suggestion, sometime you may meet some challenges and lose patience, but the most important is to have patience and make sure to continue to do it, getting suggestion/advice from people around you will be helpful. Good Luck.
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Kikanza’s Answer

If you like solving problems for people you may be great in a customer service department. If you are good with finance or investment you could be a broker of some type. Most people would rather solve their own problems so perhaps you can explore how you can help people help themselves as a counselor or therapist.
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Lucineh’s Answer

Hello!

Counseling would be a great fit for your skill set. For that you would also be a trusting person and someone people feel comfortable to open up to.
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Lora’s Answer

You may find that you have great leadership skills if people turn to you when they are struggling. Often being a role model, mentor and support for your team members as a manager or leader within an organization can have a very positive benefit for others and could leverage your strength for supporting others who turn to you in stressful times. Finding what you enjoy and what brings you energy to focus on and then help others based on your expertise and training could be a great place to start.
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James’s Answer

What do you mean by 'struggling'? Is this academic, financial, emotional, etc? Without a clearer classification, the answer can vary.
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