" Reading a book on how to SWIM
doesn't make you a swimmer "
For a successful and competitive counseling career you need to go through three stages. See at what stage you are at right now!
Stage One - Formal Education
Stage Two - Hands on Practice
Stage Three - Management Skills
Most of people stop right at the first stage; not realizing that a formal education only qualifies to be a counselor. A formal education only tells you what you should do and how you should do but it never makes you ACTUALLY DO it.
Stage two and three become the real test for people who are actually serious about counseling and willing to learn the practical skills along with many management skills and not just to add in their social media or resume.
" Education can be best learned from a teacher
Skills can be best learned from a professional "
Education alone is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but doesn't take you anywhere. Education will give you credibility, skills will give you opportunity and industry know-how will give you stability.