Why it’s important to understand the different types of international school counsellor
Not only is the international school counsellor your most crucial point of contact in an international school, they’re often the first point of contact when you reach out to a new school.
But it’s been our experience that, in some cases, university recruitment reps make the mistake of taking a transactional approach that fundamentally misunderstands the day-to-day demands of a counsellor’s job.
As we mentioned in the last instalment of this series, it’s vital to understand the unique context of each international school you reach out to.
Simply put, understanding the demands of the counsellor is crucial to gaining an overview of the wider context of the school you plan to work with.
And, as we’re about to see, a counsellor’s role, responsibilities and even their job title can look very different from school to school.
It’s vital to understand that the role of ‘guidance counsellor’ is one of the most varied you’ll find at an international school. This not only means that there are a lot of different aspects to the role, but also that what a school means by the job title is not universal.
Here are just a few titles that could fall under the umbrella of ‘guidance counsellor’:
- College counselor (often the job title found in US curriculum schools)
- Careers adviser
- University guidance officer
- International university counselor
- Senior school counselor
- Head of Sixth Form (look out for this in UK curriculum schools)
And it’s not just the title that varies. The parameters, responsibilities and type of work expected from the role will depend on various factors.
Let’s look at a few examples.