For all the counseling professionals out there, I am wondering how you feel about your occupation, its future, and your future. Are jobs hard to come by? Are you satisfied in your work?
I hold a business degree and have been in the typical office atmosphere. Not too much stress, and honestly pretty boring and predictable. I am very driven to do something that will help others. I do not care for details on company figure's, I care more about details in people's lives. I love people and have a general curiosity about them. I like to learn who people are, what they feel/believe/desire/etc. I also love to share information and useful tips. Naturally, I tend to offer advice on anything I know to family, friends, co-workers, and even people I just met. I become energized by helping people with issues I have dealt with myself in life- from deciding on a college major, weight-loss and food addiction, debt management, and even legal matters (since I have a history that resulted from alchohol).
I have a strong desire to motivate and encourage change that others want in their lives.
I am wondering if perhaps a career in counseling would be for me, or if I should just look for something that has some of these elements but would not require more school beyond my BA such as recruiting/staffing, etc. I am aware that most licensed couseling work requires a masters and more, so it would be a commitment that I want to be sure on.
If I did get into counseling, I think I would be most interested in working with adolescents, juvenile offenders, and other corrections areas.
I would love to hear anyone's thoughts, ideas, advice, or just general beliefs from people in this field.
Thank you for any replies! :)