Counselling is a great career if you want to help people to understand and overcome a range of issues including depression, grief and anxiety.
Counsellors help people to make healthy decisions, manage conflicts and develop interpersonal and communication skills or change unproductive thoughts and behaviours. As a profession, counselling has very strong projected growth (Labour Market Insights).
David Kwame Arthur decided to become a counsellor after years working in career recruitment, when he realised he wanted to have a greater impact on the community.
He is now a drug and alcohol forensic counsellor and assessor at Stepping up Consortium. He also started the Back on Track Initiative, engaging with at-risk and vulnerable young people through platforms such as music and sports.
I enjoyed working with people, but I really wanted to dedicate my career to helping others. So I approached VU and decided on postgraduate studies in counselling. I was fortunate to get a work placement at my old high school in a counselling role focusing on student wellbeing.
- David Kwame Arthur, Graduate Diploma in Counselling.
What to study
The Bachelor of Psychological Studies is a great way to build skills and knowledge in psychology and prepare for a career in counselling.
If you have a degree in another area, you could consider a course like the Graduate Diploma in Counselling to develop new skills.
Browse our counselling and psychology courses.