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There is no specific path to starting a career as a counsellor. Instead, becoming a counsellor really depends on your experience and knowledge, and whether it is something which appeals to you.
Some people have a natural leaning towards helping others. It may begin at a young age, e.g. being the one who your friends turn to for relationship advice, or it may be something you grow into as you gain experience in other work roles e.g. maybe your work colleagues choose to confide in you.
If counselling is your goal then there are things you can do to make it a reality:
Ongoing training and learning is key to progressing a career in counselling. The scope of problems you may be consulted about is extremely broad and whilst general counselling skills will serve you well, there are many specialist areas which you could learn about to broaden your skill set and help with promotions.
For those who seek to work in private practice you are also going to need to compete against many other competent counsellors. This means you'll need to promote yourself well and ensure you keep up to date with relevant industry research and methods.
To advance your career:
20 hour Short Course