Careers Adviser

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    Careers advisers provide guidance about career choice, employment, training and further education opportunities to clients, including young people and the unemployed.

    Careers advisers help to identify options for suitable careers, build CVs, identify skills gaps, advise on where to search for jobs, help with the application process and locate relevant training courses.

     

    Employers of Careers Adviser

    • schools, colleges and universities;
    • jobcentres;
    • training providers;
    • libraries;
    • community centres;
    • probation offices;
    • charities;
    • places of worship;
    • local authorities.

     

    Duties

    • interviewing people one-to-one or in small groups to discuss career or education options;
    • identifying skills gaps and how to deal with them;
    • helping young people to draw up action plans for employment, education and training and supporting them to achieve these goals;
    • researching careers, options and support organizations to meet people’s needs;
    • advising people on how to source relevant training courses or qualifications and what funding might be available;
    • providing advice on CV, applications, job hunting and interview techniques;
    • running small group sessions or larger presentations on all aspects of careers work and topics related to personal development;
    • helping people to understand the current job market;
    • liaising and negotiating with other organizations on behalf of people;
    • using IT for administrative tasks, such as recording interactions with and tracking clients;
    • using computer-aided guidance packages, skills assessment tools, career planners, psychometric tests and personal inventories;
    • writing careers literature or sourcing information products from elsewhere for use within the service;
    • planning and organizing careers fairs and conventions;
    • keeping up to date with labour market information, legislation, and professional and academic developments by visiting employers, training providers and training events run by educational and professional bodies;
    • managing a caseload of clients.

     

    Qualifications

    Although this area of work is open to all graduates, a degree or foundation degree in a sociological or educational related topic would be useful. In particular the following qualifications may help:

    • counselling;
    • psychology;
    • social work;
    • teaching;
    • youth work.

     

    Skills

    • a high level of communication and listening skills;
    • the ability to motivate and build a rapport with people;
    • flexibility and adaptability;
    • an empathetic, non-judgmental and ethical approach;
    • the ability to work individually or as part of a team;
    • the ability to manage your own caseload;
    • the capability to work under pressure;
    • organizational skills;
    • problem-solving skills;
    • familiarity with information technology.

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