PDC 124, Online
Career Research Paper
The career that I had in mind when I first began college was one in counseling
psychology. Luckily, this career was one matched closely to my interests and personality
type. Although I’ve begun considering other career avenues, I still chose to research this
specific career in depth.
A person in counseling psychology will typically use personality
tests/assessments, interviews, case histories, and observation methods to evaluate a
patients problems, needs, and goals. Counseling psychologists will evaluate data and,
from there, create an action plan or treatment plan to counsel the patient with. The goal in
this career is to help each patient work toward developing and adjusting social,
educational, personal, and vocational skills.
I’m most definitely interested in this career. I’ve always had an interest in
listening to people and their “problems”. Even in my early teenage years, and now into
my adult years, people of all ages have come to me for emotional support, advice, and
confidentiality. I’ve wondered what people see in me, but have always been humbled by
the trust people place in me. The idea of helping people achieve a happier lifestyle is
thrilling to me. The idea of being the person that one person can talk to about anything is
very exciting and fulfilling to me; I love the idea of being a problem solver.
I see this career as having many advantages and few disadvantages. From a
personal standpoint, the biggest disadvantage or problem I foresee is becoming too
wrapped up in a patient’s problems. I tend to worry, so this roadblock may be one to
consider and learn to overcome. Other than that, the Choices Planner cited that a career in
counseling psychology may have awkward hours, but I don’t see that as a major problem
right now. The biggest advantage would be being in a career that I find personally
rewarding and fulfilling.
Although I can honestly say that the pay for my career of... [continues]
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