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Higher Education: Should career counseling be mandatory in the first year of college?

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I think Prof. Cofone is not understanding all of the functions of a Career Services Office. Yes, helping them "find" a career is one part of their work. But its not so much finding them a career their Freshman year, but providing them with information so the student and/or counselor can begin to explore options in which to build on. I have worked with students for over 30 years--advising hundreds--and many have no clue what they want to study. Most are not even thinking of a career. Career Services can work with the undecided student, helping them think about their strengths, their likes and dislikes. This will start the process.

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Stuart Brown
Waterbury, CT

Career Counseling should not be intended to pigeon hole an individual into one career path which may well be unsuitable for the 'unformed' 18 year old, or worse, become obsolete in a few years. Counseling involves discovery, which in itself connotes movement and fluidity in ones life. (it is a process, not a labeling event) It requires a willingness to assess interests, values, personality, thinking and learning styles, passions and overall objectives while also developing an understanding of possibilites and trends within the social, political, technical, economic framework, and then learning to match ones self to compatible skill sets.

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Pat Southard
Suffolk C.C.College
Wading River, NY

As a supervisor of a community college career center, I firmly believe that career counseling should be mandatory in the first year of college. Going through career counseling does not require or guarantee an immediate outcome of a career choice. What career counseling does is provide students with tools for life-long career transitions. It helps them identify their interests, values, and personality and relate them to career options. This helps students make informed choices and find direction in college. By having a direction, students have a reason for their education and thus retain and finish their goals.

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Monica Romero
San DIego, CA

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