First time poster here --- Happy to announce that after finishing my master's program, passing the National Counselors' Examination, Becoming a National Certified Counselor, and navigating the vague bureaucracies of the Illinois Professional Licensing Dept, I have wrapped up all of the particulars needed to finally start work at a capacity directly related to my education. Now what? The anonymity of the internet has emboldened me to ask something that I assume many of my cohort already know. Furthermore, my question is intentionally vague in order to net the widest responses, so I can glean some insight into my next move. Ideally, I know that I want to work at a private practice and that I want to work with adults. I would be equally happy with either a person-centered model or working with anxiety treatment using a CBT model. In reality, I am not married to any distinct path and I am just super pumped to start work. I would be greatly appreciative of anyone who is willing to provide me the benefit of their experience with "just starting out". It would be wonderful to hear your experience regarding regarding setting, direction, words of encouragement, or just tips in general of any variety. Any widely held assumptions that I should disabuse myself of? What kind of setting did you find satisfaction in? How long did it take you to find work? Is there any specific approach you used to find leads? Websites? More specifically, I would love to hear If anyone has any tips regarding leads or first hand accounts/reviews of employers that they are familiar with in the Chicago area. Lots of questions! Thanks ahead of time!