There are some essential components in any counseling relationship. One of those is (obviously) the counselor. There has to be a person looking for guidance or counseling, and then another one doing the counseling (a counselor), for any counseling to take place. That is because, when all is said and done, counseling is all about providing new insights: which may come directly from the counselor, or from the client, with the counselor only acting as a facilitator. Whatever the case, there has to be a counselor. This applies, whether the counseling is being done in the traditional way (face to face) or through a virtual platform.
Against that background, it is hardly surprising that a good number of virtual counselor jobs are coming up, as more and more virtual counselor platforms are set up.
The nature of virtual counselor jobs
For the most part, virtual counselor jobs are offered by the people who set up and operate virtual counseling platforms. The counseling in question could be anything from academic counseling and career counseling to financial counseling and personal (psychotherapeutic) counseling.
Major types of virtual counselor jobs
There are two major jobs of virtual counselor jobs, namely:
- Jobs that involve actual counseling: as we mentioned in the introduction, wherever and whenever virtual counseling is done, there has to be people to do it – the actual counselors. Indeed, out of cognizance for this fact, most of the people looking for virtual counselor jobs turn out to be folks with professional training in counseling disciplines.
- Jobs that are facilitative of virtual counseling: besides the actual counselors, there are other people who facilitate virtual counseling through, say, setting up of the relevant technology platforms. It is thus possible to have people who are not necessarily counselors by themselves getting these facilitative jobs.
Qualifications for virtual counselor jobs
Qualifications for virtual counselor jobs vary, depending on the type of counseling that is offered on the various virtual counseling platforms. But generally speaking, the people who eventually get virtual counselor jobs turn out to be folks who have general counseling skills and, in many cases, specialized skills in certain areas. The specialization may, for instance, be in finance, if the virtual counseling being done is, in actual fact, financial counseling.
How to get virtual counselor jobs
To get virtual counseling jobs, you need to first undertake some research, to identify the organizations operating the various virtual counseling platforms, and then make applications to such organizations. Infrequently, the virtual counselor jobs are advertised on various platforms, and you can subsequently apply, upon coming across such adverts. There are also cases where people who are known to be particularly good are headhunted for virtual counseling jobs.