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Careers adviser

Careers advisers help people make decisions about their education, training and work options.

Potential salary

£18,000 to £35,000

Employment by 2024

+3.38%

Working hours

35 to 40 a week

  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • knowledge of psychology
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • talking to people about their abilities, interests and achievements
  • exploring learning and work opportunities
  • helping people make decisions and plans of action
  • giving support to overcome barriers
  • keeping to rules on equal opportunities
  • developing relationships with employers, colleges, universities and training providers
  • keeping up to date with occupational and labour market information
  • giving talks, updating records and meeting targets

You could work in a contact centre, at a university, at a college, at a school, at an outreach centre or from home.

You could specialise and work with adults or people with special needs.

With experience, you could become a manager. You could also become self-employed and work as a consultant, researcher or writer.

Another option could be to move into industry and provide career management advice for employees of large companies.

You can find out more about becoming a careers adviser from the Career Development Institute.

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