Career Counseling

Supplementary Learning Exercises

1. Visit a school, college, or agency that has a computer-based and/or an online career information system. Develop a written report about its use and effectiveness.

2. Outline and discuss the advantages of having a computer-assisted career guidance system in one or more of the following: a high school, a community college, a four-year college, and a community agency providing career counseling to adults.

3. Form two groups and debate the issues relating to the following statement: Computer-assisted career guidance systems and online guidance systems will replace the career counselor.

4. Develop a local visit file (individuals in selected occupations who agree to visits by students) that could be included as a component in a computer-assisted career guidance system. Describe the advantages of a visit file.

5. Interview a career counselor who has substantial experience in using computer-assisted career guidance and online systems. Write a report on the systems used and summarize the counselor’s evaluation of the systems.

6. Describe the advantages of having a statewide occupational information data bank of job openings and labor forecasts. How could you incorporate this information in career counseling programs in high schools, community colleges, four-year colleges or universities, and community programs for adults?

7. List disadvantages and advantages of using a web-based interpretation report of a personality inventory.

8. Explain your conception of the future role of the Internet as a counseling tool. Focus on the advantages and limitations.

9. Describe why skill development is so important in the current work environment. How would you help clients access learning and developmental programs?

10. What is meant by the term “virtual reality”? Explain how and why virtual reality could be an effective training approach.

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