Group Career Counseling, Is It Really Beneficial?

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I believe group career counseling could be a valuable forum for career development. In terms of education, exploration, and sill development, I echo the books notion that group career counseling could be beneficial for a variety of topics. I feel more specifically it could benefit individuals in terms of interview preparation, resume building, job searching, and networking. As well, I think group counseling could be beneficial for individuals with limited financial resources that are need of general career support. Obviously, individuals seeking this kind if help would need to find a more support type of group rather than an educational group.
For more informational and educational groups I would be centered on more short-term sessions or events. These shorter sessions I would gear around gear toward a group size of 9-15. I think the larger size would be acceptable because of the educational nature of the content. According to Gillombardo, who has done research on group career counseling in secondary education, found that when career-planning activities were implemented, counselors would hold one-time seminars to a large group of students in order to provide information in a timely manner. Within these large group seminars, the school may provide information on post-secondary education and careers, but not necessarily help the students learn about their interests and values regarding careers (2005, p. 8). Obviously, this research validates the use of young adults in a school setting. However, the principles would be just of valuable in a professional setting.
In terms of more support based group I would keep the size of the group smaller, with a maximum limit of 8. I feel that since we are potentially dealing with mo...

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...why I would use this modality is because the client is able to take what they have learned form career counseling and apply it to other areas of their life.
In summary, I think that group career counseling is a great tool to help out clients in today’s world of work. As well, I feel that if the group counseling is kept positive and constructive the benefits would reach across multiple aspects of the client’s life. In turn, it would help their whole system, not just the career portion. As Gillombard indicates, group career counseling affects the members outside of their career life and were able to apply the experience to other aspects of their life (2005, p. 22).

Works Cited

Gillombardo, L. (2005). Using group counseling to implement a career development program with high school students. (Master's thesis, State University of New York College at Brockport).
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