According to a recent study, one in two Canadians who have not received career counselling wish they had sought career planning or employment advice if they could do it over again.
The survey of 1,500 adult Canadians, commissioned by the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling and The Counselling Foundation of Canada, looked at how they use career and employment counselling services. Three groups emerge from the findings, the first group, and largest at 55%, were those who define themselves as having a “career,” the second group was those who define themselves as having a “job” and students. 53% of those who identified themselves as having a career sought advice from a career advisor and say their careers fit with their post-secondary education. Only 38% of those with “jobs” where no specific education was required or it was the best job they could find, sought career advice. Half of those with careers and jobs, who did not seek career or employment counselling, feel they should have obtained professional advice.
The survey findings also reported that as age rises, the number of Canadians with careers seeking career counselling declines. Those 18–24 years of age are most likely to report that they have used career-counselling services at 76%. Gender also plays a role in determining if counselling is sought out as more women (57%) access career services than men (50%).