Who comes first: the client or their concerned parents?

The reason why I have decided to write on this topic is because as career counsellors and employment consultants, we face the dilemma when working with our younger clients keeping their interests in check and that of their parents who have been given consent to be part of the assessment and job searching process. Being client centred means that the client is the focal point, the person who we are servicing and case managing. Client centred or otherwise known as “person-centred”  is the idea of being client-centred in our approach to assessment.

This comes from the work of Carl Rogers, a very influential person in the psychology field throughout the mid 20th century.  The general approach back then were driven models of psychology and therapy, where the cousellor or therapist would intervene with  theory-laden questions, interpretations, diagnoses and prognoses, which is essentially setting a direction for the client. Carl proposed a client-centred approach, where  a way of working where the counsellor is non-directive, working only with what the client brings to the relationship between counsellor and client. Ultimately it is the client who decides what direction in their career development they wish to take and the counsellor/employment consultant’s role is to facilitate that.

So to answer the question who comes first, the client or their concerned parents? Well ultimately the client comes first but the consultant is only their to facilitate the counselling process and if the client wishes to have their parents input, then really this cannot be avoided as it is in the client’s wishes.


Author: Matthew Coppola, Managing Director of Client Centric.

Client Centric – Executive Employment Solutions are a boutique employment services company specialising in executive and managerial level roles. We are committed to helping you succeed in your career and to do this we have the best staff on board to help you reach your goals. Our team are highly experienced and knowledgeable in a broad range of areas and expertise, so you get the best advice. We service clients all over Australia including Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Hobart.  We provide Resume Writing ServicesCover Letter WritingLinkedIn ProfilesAddressing Selection Criteria’s and we also offer a Job Application Service where we apply for jobs on your behalf and all you do is wait for the call. Please visit our website at www.clientcentric.com.au to find out more.

Published by Matthew Coppola - Career Coach, Employment Specialist and Professional CV Writer

Holding a graduate degree in Commerce, majoring in Economics at Curtin University, as well as a post graduate certificate in Career Education and Development at RMIT University, Matthew brings with him many years of experience working in the fields of business development, marketing, soft-skills training and employment services industry. He has gained significant exposure in working with employers in sourcing staff as well as assisting jobseekers in promoting and marketing themselves to employers and securing sustainable employment outcomes. He is currently working in Disability Employment Services where he assists clients with mental health disabilities in finding and keeping satisfying and gainful employment and helping them overcome and work around barriers to employment. He has helped many job seekers secure employment by training and coaching them in the art of being interviewed and giving the interviewer a positive and lasting impression. He knows how to sell and market a job seeker to an employer and he imparts this knowledge to his clients in helping them sell and market themselves in an interview. Matthew regularly writes new articles on a variety of employment related topics and posts these to his personal website blog matthewcoppola.com

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