Students always want to know that the time and effort they are investing in their graduate education is meaningful. Helping students recognize the wide variety of employment options for Certified Rehabilitation Counselor begins with creating a flexible career mindset. This results from students creating an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to borrow an idea from rehabilitation counseling. This plan is simply a Word document the student creates toward the beginning of the graduate program; ask students to focus on what they want to get out of their graduate education, including their internship. After graduation, when it comes time for the student to find a job, the IDP should include a variety of experiences they’ll draw upon when completing job applications.

Career resources can bridge the gap between a student’s expectations for employment and the actual employment of Certified Rehabilitation Counselors. One resource that can be explored is the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University. Their interactive map provides a view of the prevalence of disability in the United States.

This interactive map also emphasizes the widespread need for rehabilitation counselors. Looking at the prevalence of specific types of disability by age and/or by state reinforces the need for the specialized training completed by rehabilitation counselors.

Another career resource to share with students is the employment settings represented by current CRCs. See how these people turned their graduate training in rehabilitation counseling into a career.

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Share information about your program. Here are some questions to consider:

Which employers have hired your graduates?
  • What are their job titles?
  • In which cities and/or states are your graduates working?
  • When a graduate has moved to a new position, what kind of networking helped them make the move?
  • Do any of these employers also offer internships?
Where have your graduates gone for doctoral education?
Campus career services center: Is your program a resource for the career services office?
  • Promote the importance of the CRC by attending career events and talking with employers about the role a CRC can play at their company.
  • Recommend graduates from your program as employers who should be invited to campus events.