Online counseling or virtual counseling has taken a boom nowadays due to the restrictions imposed to curb coronavirus disease all over the country. Now counseling as a process can be used for academics, like understanding about further education better and even for mental health counseling purposes.
Academic counseling conducted in virtual mode is done by the Consulates of the foreign universities, career institutions, colleges, and universities to make a student aware of the courses he or she will be studying if he takes admission in a particular program and how much time he would have spent in the 1 or 2 or 3 years program and how life will be at the campus or distance learning mode or virtual mode of studies. Most of the times, due to the huge number of students in distance learning or regular campuses, online academic counseling is conducted in the form of a one-way process wherein the speaker or faculty addresses the most frequently asked questions of the students on YouTube or Google Meet or any video-sharing platform and encourages students to leave their queries or doubts in the comment section so that can be addressed by them eventually.
In the case of career counseling in an online format by the career coaches or foreign university’s institution, it is on a one-on-one basis as the idea is to encourage the student to express his ideas or thoughts about his career and help him guide a suitable career option in the preferred university or preferred academic stream and even discuss the job prospects of working in a foreign country.
In mental health online counseling, the conversation is only between a counselor and the participant who wants to discuss the emotional issues that are bothering him or her due to conflicts in personal or professional life and it is in this discussion that the counselor empowers the participant to solve some questions, understand his ideas on how to go ahead in life and help him overcome the mental health issues.