High school guidance counselors must wear many hats

September 28th, 2005 by Key Magazine

It is not easy being a high school guidance counselor. With all the pressures to help students achieve in the classroom, while pushing them toward college and a career, it is any wonder school counselors stay in the job.

A lot of people are interested in becoming a high school guidance counselor. Counselor Companion certainly salutes those interested in a school counselor career, but it is not easy.

High school guidance counselors wear many hats for all the students they service. At any given time a school counselor can be helping a student understand the financial aid process, writing letters of recommendation for an admissions application, providing information about careers, promoting higher education and finding ways to get both family and community organizations to help students achieve their goals. The life of a high school guidance counselor is not glamorous.

If you are interested in a career as a guidance counselor, especially on the high school level, you must be prepared for the stress that comes with it. In addition to normal school-related issues of college and career preparation, high school counselors also provide much-needed personal counseling for their high school students.

High school guidance counselors often counsel students experiencing tough life issues such as death and grief, divorce, unwanted pregnancies, sexual and physical abuse, bullying and other school-related violence, sexually transmitted diseases and a host of other difficult issues.

Most school districts are in desperate need of more qualified school counselors, but the strict regulations for counselor education and counselor certification keep many potential school counselors from entering the field. If you are interested in becoming a school guidance counselor, consider completing your education at Capella University. And come back to Counselor Companion for the latest news, trends and issues facing high school guidance counselors and professionals who work in the school counseling industry.

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One Response to “High school guidance counselors must wear many hats”

  1. test Says:

    it is a test of character for you as a high school counsellor

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