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Counsellor

Aliases: Therapist

Industry/Sector(s): Education, Training and Research


JOB DESCRIPTION 1

The tasks a Counsellor is expected to perform include:

  • Guiding or counselling individuals with regards to various problems such as educational, vocational, personal, etc.
  • Guiding and co-ordinating activities of career masters in schools
  • Collecting educational, occupational, employment, social and related information
  • Studying relevant details of clients obtained from them and other sources
  • Administering tests of intelligence, aptitude, interests, personality traits, etc. for obtaining data about individuals to be guided
  • Collecting and studying information relating to environment involved in individual's adjustment
  • Conducting group guidance activities to serve various purposes of counselling
  • Performing follow-up studies on individuals guided to render further assistance and to evaluate guidance programme
  • Conducting research and surveys for purposes relevant to counselling​
WORK ENVIRONMENT 1, 2
  • It is not a desk job
  • Need not handle a team
  • Local travelling is not a part of this job role
  • Part-time work and contractual jobs may be available
  • Work from home option is not available
Working hours
  • Organizations usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from organization to organization
  • Shift system may be available
  • Overtime may be required
  • Being self-employed is also an option. In this case, the working hours and days will be flexible
Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

This job is suitable for candidates with One Arm (OA), One Leg (OL) and Both Legs Handicapped (BL)

​​​This may vary from organization to organization

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING 3

Preferably, Master’s degree in psychology 

KEY COMPETENCIES 1
  • Knowledge and understanding of mental health problems and concerns of students
  • Knowledge of professional and ethical guidelines
  • Ability to undertake generic assessment
  • Ability to use measures to guide students and to monitor outcomes
  • In-depth knowledge of child psychology
  • Knowledge of the generic problems that the students/youth are facing in the present environment
DESIRABLE COMPETENCIES 1
  • Good communication skills
  • Hard-working​​​
AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING AND LEARNING INSTITUTES 

Universities offering courses in psychology across India

AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING SCHEMES/SCHOLARSHIPS 

For scholarship and schemes, use further links like:

  • https://scholarships.gov.in/
SAMPLE OF TRAINING AND LEARNING COURSES 

https://targetstudy.com/courses/ma-psychology.html

CAREER PROGRESSION PATH 4
​Principal
        ↑
Vice Principal
       
Supervisor
        ↑
Counsellor → Private Practice as a Therapist
The progression is indicative
EXPECTED EARNINGS 3
  • For candidates with experience - Rs 25,000 to Rs 29,000 per month
These figures are indicative and subject to change
REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE 3

Generally, 1 to 2 years of experience is required

PROBABLE EMPLOYERS 3
  • Government and private schools
  • Private companies/institutes
  • Self-employed
KEYWORDS 
  • ​Counsellor
  • Student Counsellor
OCCUPATIONAL CODES AND STANDARDS 
StandardCodeDescription
NCO 20152423.0200Counsellor
ISCO 20082423 Personal and Careers Professionals
NIC 200885500Educational support services
QP ReferenceNot availableNot available
NSQFNot availableNot available
REFERENCES 
1National Classification of Occupations Division 2
2http://www.ccdisabilities.nic.in/page.php?s=reg&t=def&p=list_jobsNew
3https://www.naukri.com/job-listings-Applications-for-Counseling-Psychologists-Amity-University-Noida-Delhi-NCR-National-Capital-Region--1-to-2-years-031216002983?src=seo_srp&sid=14809718165974&xp=1&qp=counselling%20psychologist&srcPage=s​
4http://dget.nic.in/upload/uploadfiles/files/publication/Des-Div-2.pdf
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