How to become a Careers Adviser
What does a Careers Adviser do?
Careers advisers work with both young people and
adults on an individual or group basis, helping them
make informed and realistic decisions about education,
training and job options.
work in a range of settings, including schools, further
education colleges, sixth-form colleges, universities and
adult guidance services. The work involves:
- helping clients to assess their interests, skills and
abilities - this may involve administering psychometric
tests and assisting clients in using computer
- assisting clients in gathering careers
and learning information from a range of sources such as
the internet and printed materials
clients to evaluate the options available to them and to
formulate and implement action plans
- researching occupations and the labour market
- group work - giving talks and leading
- liaising with employers, higher and
further education institutions, training providers and
- administrative tasks such as
In England, careers advisers
working with 13 to 19 year-olds within the Connexions
Service are known as personal advisers. Their work may
be broader than career information and guidance, and
may include supporting young people with a range of
personal development and welfare issues. For more
information, see Personal Adviser (Connexions).
The Connexions Service is not available in
Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
What's the working environment like working as a Careers Adviser?
Most careers advisers work 37 hours a week, Monday to
Friday, perhaps with some evening work. There are
opportunities for part-time work and job-sharing.
Careers advisers are based in offices that are open
to the public; some are based in schools, colleges,
Connexions one-stop shops or universities. There is
usually an element of local travel involved, and home
visiting in some rural areas, so a driving licence is useful.
What does it take to become a Careers Adviser?
To be a careers adviser you should:
- be able to
establish relationships with a wide range of people
- have good communication skills, both written and
- be able to research information and
present it in a form that can be easily understood
- be self-confident and persuasive, with a mature
- be flexible and adaptable in your
approach to work
- be well-organised and able to
cope with a varied workload
- be resilient and
able to work under pressure
- be able to work
alone and as part of a team
- have administrative
and computer skills.
Careers Adviser Career Opportunities
If you would like to know anything about Careers Adviser that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.Institute of Career Guidance
1 New Road
Tel: 01384 376464
www.nextstep.org.uk Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services
30 Junction Road
Tel: 0114 251 5750