The course addressed the following topics: influence of school and home on choice of a vocation, the need for vocational guidance, duties of the vocational counselor
, techniques of vocational guidance, how to investigate occupations, placement, problems in vocational guidance, and case studies.
Myers (1923) stated that there was tendency to "load the vocational counselor
with so many duties foreign to the office that little real counseling can be done" (p.
If you have a degree and experience in a certain professional field, and your vocational counselor
insists on steering you toward "low-income, no-future" jobs, find another advocate, experts advise.
Individual and group activities in career exploration and in job choosing (career counseling) are provided within the Job Resource Center by the vocational counselor
. Members learn about the world of work through jobsite visits in the community and from speakers invited to the center to describe various employment settings.
be assumed that each institution involved had a vocational counselor
Due to the persistence of my family and vocational counselor
, I was encouraged to pursue an education--and hopefully a career.
Davis, 1969; Gummere, 1988; Jones, 1994; Pope & Sveinsdottir, 2005), Frank Parsons established the field of career counseling (then called vocational guidance; Pope, 2000) by becoming the founding director and vocational counselor
of the Vocation Bureau of Boston on January 13, 1908.
The initial staff consisted of Parsons, as director and vocational counselor
; associate counselors were Ralph Albertson, Lucinda (Mrs.
Often, in fact, the element of visual impairment alone will convince the person that he/she is incapable of work; thus, when the vocational counselor
speaks of talking computers, the client sometimes reacts with fear.
Parsons's (1909) original work, Choosing a Vocation, stated "a vocational counselor
should familiarize himself [sic] in a high degree with industrial knowledge" (p.