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`This book should be viewed as essential reading for anyone interested in developing their understanding of the field of career counselling and developing their own approach. Practitioners will find much they might want to consider incorporating into their own work' - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling `As a career counsellor working with clients of all ages and situations, I found Larry Cochran's new work both pragmatic and intellectually stimulating... [he] provides fresh insight into the essence of career counselling, examining the past to be able to understand the present in order to plan for the future. Written in an accessible style... this book is certainly something which encourages further re
Chapter 2: Elaborating a Career Problem
Elaborating a Career Problem
The first step of career counseling is a formulation of the problem. The problem is the starting place, providing a grounding orientation for what to do in order to resolve the problem. Sometimes clients begin with statements of a solution, such as “I want to take an interest test.” To begin understanding the problem, a counselor would have to elicit relevant information: For what problem is an interest test a solution? Sometimes clients begin with vague statements, such as “I want to get a job I like.” Such a statement names the general topic, but the problem must still be specified. Because an understanding of a client's problem is fundamental for initiating a relevant course of counseling, clarity ...