Working so hard and being focused on my new career as a Career Consultant I was surprised to realize how difficult it would be for family and friends to share my joy because they had absolutely no idea what it was. Being a sports family I decided it was best to present the explanation in a medium they were familiar with…football.
So it went like this.
A Career Consultant is in other words a “Job Coach” with the emphasis on coach. And they do exactly that, coach. The coach stays at the side lines, cannot enter the field of play without permission and cannot give his client advice. All decisions on how to move forward down the field of play to score the touch down is based on consensus between the quarter back and the coach. All information and strategies are confidential. The client is the quarter back, his offensive line is his skill sets, and the job is the touch down or a kick through uprights. The game can’t proceed unless you have an opposing team, the employer and his recruiters are the defensive line. Of course we can’t forget the referee who will be employment standards of proper procedures. The resume is the ball.
Now the game proceeds. The coach and the quarter back prepare plays to execute.
After a side line conference, checking the play book the CQB (Client quarterback) takes control. The ER and his defense take position and the interview begins. Matched skill sets are tackled, only the tough questions remain. First Down yells the Referee and the first round of interviews is complete. The CQB and the JC (Job Coach) confer and have chosen a long running pass to edge by the ER and his RD (Recruiter Defence). They face each other on the field of play nose to nose. The CQB calls the play and throws to the ball to the Receiver Skill Set (RSS) that’s out in the open near the end zone. The RSS will make the catch (the correct response) an outstanding play, which will separate this CQB from the other CQB’s in the league. The catch complete the RSS runs for the goal the RD hot on his tail trying with disparity to stop his advance with their repeated failed blocking questions. The RSS successfully crosses the goal line. Cheers go up and can be heard by the entire team, the JC, the skill set offensive line, to the satisfaction of the CQB, parading with the Job Ball. Another successful win!
I know this is an oversimplification of the hard work that takes place by all involved, but the visual has met the elements of understanding I was striving for. I was thrilled by my analogy, which was accompanied by high energy animation. Only to be met with a benign “That’s great, Sis”. Apparently they still lacked my enthusiasm, but it didn’t dampen mine.
Jackie Fulton is a Continuing Education Student currently studying within the Career Consultant Certificate Program at Mohawk College. MCACES offers a comprehensive Employment Advisement program for our students. For more information about Employment Advisement, please visit the MCACES website, www.mcaces.ca or contact Lidia Siino, Employment & Communications Specialist at Lidia.firstname.lastname@example.org.