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Can you become a career counselor without having a degree in social work/human services/counseling?

I like the idea of helping people figure out what they want to do as a way of giving back. I would also like to help them write resumes, cover letters, develop interview skills, etc. But know that I'm not going to get a degree in social work/human services/counseling. Other than CareerVillage, what options exist for me?

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Kim’s Answer

Perhaps!

Are you looking for a job, or would you be okay volunteering?

The parts of this job that you like have to do with "Marketing" of an individual. If you take the traditional path, degree in social services, government job, etc, the rewards may be great, emotionally, but, the paychecks aren't. Nowadays it's so much about "personal branding." - website, instagram, twitter, linkedin, etc. . .

I would think some sort of degree in marketing, online presence (no idea what the degree would be called), etc. would help you transcend the world of gov't jobs and rise to a higher level. What level is that? Well, let's say a top company lays off 200 people. They will provide them with severance, along with 6 months of job coaching, etc. There are private companies that come in and assist those employees with the transition. That's where I'd want to be if I was starting over in this line of work. What degree do they require? Don't know. Name of a company? Don't know. But I know when these unemployed people came into the workforce office, they told me all about it, and they loved the services they were receiving.

If you don't want to get a degree at all, I would say to check with local churches. They would be more than happy to get your services!
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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Geneve, thank you for your question. There isn't a way to work in human services without getting a degree. Once you start your formal training you will find out just how much you don't no. No matter what field you choice to go into learn as much as you can and enjoy yourself. best of luck.
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Diane’s Answer

Genevieve,
A master’s-level degree is needed to become a professional counselor, which I
includes career counseling. However, some go into academic advising, which is similar to career counseling. I do not believe academic advising requires a master’s-level degree.

Hope this helps,
Diane
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Michael’s Answer

The short answer to your question is, ‘No’! Any professional career, must be followed up with a degree in the arts. Try looking at the position as an investment in yourself which cements your footing in your field of endeavor. Take a walk with yourself and convince yourself that anything worth having is worth studying and working for! Use the information highway to help you succeed in your studying! I’m sure that once you get into higher learning, you will understand the value of your career choice and how much you have set yourself up for success.
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