Job type

Careers adviser

£18k - £35k

Typical salary

35 – 40

Hours per week

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

More info

  • Help people make decisions about their education and working life
  • Option to become self-employed and work as a consultant, researcher or writer
  • Requires excellent listening and questioning skills, and the ability to research information and explain it clearly

As a careers adviser, you may work in schools, colleges and universities. You could be employed by a careers company that places advisers in different settings, or directly by an educational institution or charity. You could also work online or in a call centre, or as a consultant in the private sector.

DAY-TO-DAY DUTIES

  • Talk to people about their abilities, interests and achievements
  • Explore learning and work opportunities
  • Help people make decisions and plans of action
  • Give support to overcome barriers
  • Keep to rules on equal opportunities
  • Develop relationships with employers, colleges, universities and training providers
  • Keep up to date with occupational and labour market information
  • Give talks
  • Update records
  • Meet targets


DAY-TO-DAY ENVIRONMENT

You may need to work occasional evenings and your job could include a lot of local travel. In a call centre you may have to work weekends and late shifts. You could specialise, for example in working with adults or people with special needs. With experience, you could become a manager. 


You'll need

This role is ideal for someone with excellent listening and questioning skills, and the ability to research information and explain it clearly.

You can take either a postgraduate diploma or master’s degree in career guidance. These courses lead to the Qualification in Career Development. Many people apply to do this course after working in teaching, youth and community work or social services. These courses take 1 year full time or 2 years part time. You'll usually need a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course.

You may also be able to do a career development professional higher apprenticeship. Training providers will set their own entry requirements.

Alternatively, you could start by working as a careers support assistant or youth worker and take further training on the job. Your employer may sponsor you to take work-based qualifications like the Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development.

Once you're qualified, you can apply to join the Career Development Institute’s UK register of career development professionals.

CAREER PROSPECTS

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.