Q&A with Career Counselor Janet Lenz, Ph.D.

OnlinePsychologyDegrees.com speaks with Dr. Janet Lenz, the Florida State University Career Center Program Director for Instruction, Research, & Evaluation; an Assistant-In faculty member in the Educational Psychology and Learning Systems (EPLS) Department; coordinator for the M.S./Ed.S. career counseling specialty within the EPLS Psychological Services in Education program; and past president of the National Career Development Association (NCDA).

Below she shares her thoughts on the career counseling profession and the Florida State University career counseling program.

Q: How did you get started in career counseling and what preparation is needed for the field?

A: I had an interest in psychology and sociology. Most people would probably go straight into a master's in career counseling. I was intrigued by the higher education degree at Florida State, but I also had the opportunity to work at the career center on an assistantship while doing my master's. Ideally, a person would obtain a master's in career counseling. The other key is gaining experience in providing career counseling and advising services in whatever capacity one can while completing the degree.

Q: In general, are there any specific traits that work well in this career?

A: Certainly, [Short Code Error: type value must be either online or ground] is what they want to do. How did they determine they wanted to go into this field? What qualities do they have that would make them successful both in the field and in graduate school? They should have a passion for career counseling. This information should be reflected in their personal statement.

Q: What can students wishing to pursue the career counseling track at FSU expect from the program?

A: I don't know of any program that is more connected to the actual career center, combining learning in the classroom with hands-on experience. We ensure that students get the full range of experience that a career practitioner would have. We blend together teaching, research and service.

Q: Any other thoughts for aspiring career counselors?

A: It's an inspiring and exciting field. It's a way to make a difference in people's lives every day.

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