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Career MAP™ (Mock Appraisal Process)
Though most folks come to us for MBA related advice, we often realise that their problems could be addressed with career counselling rather than an expensive MBA. Then there are those who aren’t looking for an MBA, but their careers have reached a point where it’s tough for them to continue.
For such professionals who are facing a mid-life career crisis, it might make sense to take up a short career counselling session with a competent counsellor.
If don’t mind sharing your details for online help, check out our discussion forum where we are providing free career counselling online. [Update: This discussion thread is no longer functional.]
However, if you aren’t comfortable sharing your personal details publicly or you want something that’s more in-depth, personal and confidential, we’d be happy to evaluate your situation and suggest if our Career Counselling services for working professionals might help you.
Our virtual operating model means that you can work with us irrespective of whether you are in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata or any other city in India or overseas. You get the same quality of inputs that you’d never get from the local counsellor across the street.
Online Career Counselling Package | Career MAP™
Is the career counselling package right for you?
How does the career counselling process work?
– Step 1: Data gathering: We’ll ask you to fill up a questionnaire and take a psychometric test that helps us get a better understanding of your profile, skills, professional aspirations and issues you are currently facing.
– Step 2: Career Counselling Call: We’ll get into a phone call (1 hour) to dig deeper into some of the aspects you’ve shared. In the same call, we’ll suggest academic, professional or personal options for you to consider. As ‘homework’, we will provide a framework for you to work on.
Phase 2: Work-plan Creation
Using the framework, you work on creating a ‘work-plan’ and share it over email.
Phase 3: Wrap-up Call
We’ll review your work-plan and provide additional inputs in the wrap-up call, so you have a solid strategy road-map to focus on.
That completes the end of the basic career counselling process. However, if you feel the need to get back after a few months to follow up on the progress, we’ll take that up as a fresh request. We’ll plan for a follow-up session to evaluate the progress and jointly tweak or enhance the work-plan if needed.
Career Counselling Reviews & Testimonials
“I had a very nice consulting session with Sameer, wherein he explained the exact structure of my career, and where I could be possibly facing road-blocks. Sameer took great effort and provided excellent insights on my organization and how he felt I should look at and improve. I implemented the suggestions slowly, and also had a reflective chat with my CEO. The discussions thereafter were very impactful, and I received quite a lot of investment and support, including greater clarity of my role. I was very appreciative of the discussions with Sameer, and I was able to experience the value of the consultation with the support received at my organization…” – Read the full review
“I had a career counselling session with Sameer and it was exactly what I needed…I found the experience very useful. It goes into a subjective analysis of the person’s situation after accounting for the objective facts. It was great to get honest and unbiased advice from an expert, a rare commodity.”
“I honestly admit that I made a mistake in making a career till now in Finance and I learnt it the hard way that it is not my cup of tea. And so, I quit my job towards the end of last year looking forward to a career change.
Looking at the quality of the advice on the MBA Crystal Ball Forum, I presented my story to Sameer. He did not sign me up instantly but threw probing questions at me to make sure if he would be in a position to help me out. This convinced me of his Integrity. I was then emailed the Career Map questionnaire which required me to be as honest and transparent as possible.
I don’t know about other counselors in the market but I was happy that I could speak to someone who had hard-core corporate/industry experience and hence could relate to my case. Based on the questionnaire, we had role plays that analyzed my career progress till date and tested certain skills that I claimed I was good at so that I could work on and fine-tune them further.
In the end, I was happy that these sessions took place and I’m looking forward to the next phase of my career and hopefully my dream job.”
“MG has been instrumental in creating a comfort zone in addressing my multiple queries on phone and email and patiently answering them, and also giving a sense of direction. I can confidently say that the Career MAP has been a revelation and a very dynamic package for professionals wanting to get a grip and clarity when they are faced with career obstacles. MG has been like a guide and friend and I hope to be in touch and communicate with him on the goals set.”
“The way MG helped me out of my dilemmas was amazing, as I have always been somewhat confused with my career. I took the Career MAP Service from MCB and the feedback, the response I received was incredible. MG talked to me like my buddy. After talking to him, I feel confident about myself and know exactly what I want out of my career.
He pushes you to do a lot of brainstorming, chalks out career plans with you. In fact sometimes he is more concerned than you are about your career. You guys are truly incredible and I am sure I am coming back to you guys to help me execute my future plans. Thanks a lot.”
“My wanderlust on Internet for career advice stopped successfully after discussing with Manish and Sameer. I was facing midlife career crisis and needed very specific customised advice. The first few interactions with MCB were very warm to review my requirement and what would be the right path.
The discussion was not geared towards any pitch to sign up, but rather on whether Career MAP or MBA MAP was suitable. There was complete transparency and the expertise perceptible, to provide a solution to my problem.
Once signed up, the approach was very professional, and top class.
With 13 years of work experience, I was an outlier, the complexity of my issues, matched by the personalised and swift expert advice. Interaction sessions, checklists, questionnaires were very good tools that served to threadbare the situation, introspect, retrospect and finally arrive at multiple possible solutions.
These guys know their craft. I thank Manish and wish MCB all the success.
How to order the Career MAP™ Counselling Package
Send us an email with the subject ‘Career MAP Request’. In it, include your qualifications, background, explain a bit about the career crisis or dilemma you are facing and the help you are expecting from our side. We realise how sensitive this might be for you. Rest assured that your data and communication will be treated confidentially.
If the topic is related to an area where we lack the expertise or resources to help, we’ll let you know upfront.
Fee: The Career MAP™ is available in India for INR 21,000 (bank transfer) and outside India for $400 (through Paypal).
Take the first step in the right direction, drop us an email at info [at] mbacrystalball [dot] com.