When I first signed up for the 6-month Specialist Diploma in Career Counselling (SDCC), I was apprehensive, yet excited. On one hand, it could be a suitable career transition for when I retire in the coming years and on the other hand, I was also concerned if I could juggle between work, coursework and of course, the exams.
The fact that it is a one-year course that is condensed into just six months did not ease my doubts at all, but I decided to give it a go and challenge myself.
Looking back, I am glad to have made that move and pursued this course! All the time poured into doing research and managing my time well in order to meet deadlines were all worth it, as I am now better-equipped to commence my journey as a career coach.
I jumped in almost immediately after completing the specialist diploma in July 2020, and adapted quite quickly thanks to what I have learnt. Aside from my full-time career in SCDF as a Senior Assistant Director in the Human Resource Department, I have the privilege of being part of the Public Service Career Coach Network and provide career services to fellow public officers.
The entire journey, from taking up the course to conducting career coaching, has been an enriching and fulfilling adventure. Through engaging people and building rapport, they became willing to share their experiences and thoughts with me, allowing me to apply the skills acquired from the course to guide them in charting their own career development pathways.
This opportunity has allowed me to realise my career interest and goal as I prepare myself for the next phase of my career. Could this be my encounter with the famed Happenstance theory?