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how can i practice before i get started in my career

#psychology #career-counseling #music #counseling

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mark’s Answer

Hey Alex,

I think what you are asking about would be a mentorship or internship in an accredited counseling program. In a mentoring situation, you would identify a professional counselor who would be willing to help you learn by watching video or listening to audio of counseling sessions (recorded with the client's permission) and perhaps role playing with your mentor to begin to learn the tools of the trade An internship would be a formal arrangement through a Graduate Study's program where you would be assigned clients of your own to have supervised by your advisor. In almost all cases, practice needs to be done with supervision and preferably through a recognized counseling program.

I hope this helps.

All the best to you!

Mark V.
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Judeanne’s Answer

Hi Alex,
I'm afraid your question isn't quite clear.
You hashtagged psychology, career counseling, music, and counseling.
If music is your desired path then practice is what you must do. Practice instruments, songwriting, and production.
If you're looking at a different career path, then an internship or a part-time job is a way you can practice for a future career path.

Feel free to ask again if you need a more specific answer.

All the best,
Judeanne
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Donald’s Answer

I'd say look for internships at places you might be interested in working at one day.
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Brandon’s Answer

This answer will depend on where you are in your education and what it is exactly you are looking for. Since the hashtags are all of different subjects it is hard to exactly give advice on what so I will give more general advice.

Normally it would be the best to watch videos or go to classes (assuming you are NOT going to college or a school for that specific area of expertise) in order to gain more knowledge about the subject matter. Having more knowledge is a positive and can be seen as a good thing if you know more than what is required for the position. It is necessary to go beyond the expectations and show the employers that how far you are willing to go for the job.

Sal also brought up a great point. Try to find a career/job you are interested in and ask if you can shadow them. That can often show you how the work is done and whether or not it is the career for you. I would even say that you don't even need to shadow, just call and ask them for a little bit of their time for any questions you may have. For some jobs they deal with sensitive information (like Career Counseling dealing with private student info) so they may not give you the opportunity to shadow.

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Jason’s Answer

Your question is not clear as to what you are specifically asking. If you mean practice before you are licensed, the answer is internships. Especially while you are in school or graduate school, try to find an internship, externship, practicum, or whatever you call it and do a few semesters worth. Do more than the requirement. These will help you during your first interview for your first job.

I wanted a specific internship to do counseling with families experiencing cancer when I was in college. I had recently lost a friend to cancer and wanted to go into the field to help families like hers which was not typical at the time I found a place and agreed to stay a year instead of one semester.

That helped me get my first job and down the road we go.

If you are already graduated, see if you can get a job as a mental health specialist at a partial care hospital program near you. They will usually let you run groups. If you live near a hospital with an inpatient psych unit, they may also be looking for folks to run informal groups.

Good luck to you

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Sal’s Answer

I would just find the person you want to be most like, and ask them to shadow for a day. Follow them at work and see if you like the day to day activities of that person. Goodluck!
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