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PROFILE: Careers Adviser - Schools
INVOLVES: Interviewing young people (aged 14 -21), filling in forms (such as Action Plans), making presentations to groups of young people, organising & planning work, visiting local employers & education institutions, negotiating service-level contracts with schools, meeting targets regarding numbers of action plans, interviews etc.
The 13-19 sector, previously Connexions, is in a state of real change at the moment due to the policy changes and also funding cuts. It means that there have been redundancies and also an increase in the number of guidance practitioners going freelance. On the other hand some vacancies are being posted e.g. in Further Education Colleges.
There are also a lot of vacancies coming up in Higher Education e.g. Employability Adviser roles: many ex-Connexions Advisers are going for these roles.
The QCG (Qualification in Careers Guidance) is a good qualification and can lead to other related roles outside of careers guidance e.g. Placement Officer etc.
It has become more difficult to follow a vocational route into careers guidance – you used to be able to do the NVQ route whilst working for Connexions but this qualification is no longer recognised and there is a new qualification that has been set up by the ICG. Some providers might train people and pay for them to do the QCG but this is unlikely at the moment when there are so many qualified Careers Advisers available.
In a couple of years things could have settled down and providers may start recruiting again. There may be options with the new National Careers Service.
PROFILE: Careers Adviser - UniversityINVOLVES:
EMPLOYERS: Universities and colleges
See also the following job profiles
- Careers Adviser/Personal Adviser
- Careers Consultant
- HE Careers Adviser
- Careers Information Officer
- Adult Guidance Worker
How many counsellors does it take to change a light bulb? Just one, but the bulb must want to change.
Career: a job that takes about twenty hours longer per week.
- Institute of Career Guidance www.icg-uk.org includes information on the Qualification in Careers Guidance
- The National Careers Service
- The Connexions Service www.connexionskentandmedway.co.uk provides guidance and support (including careers guidance) to young people aged 13-19
- Learn Direct Careers Advice www.learndirect.co.uk/careers_advice
- Careers England www.careersengland.org.uk association of specialist career guidance businesses
- Careers Scotland www.careers-scotland.org.uk part of Skills Development Scotland
- Careers Wales www.careerswales.com
- ISCO www.isco.org.uk independent schools’ careers organisation
- The Association of Graduate Careers and Employability Services (AGCAS) www.agcas.org.uk
- Prospects www.prospects.ac.uk careers help for graduates
- CRAC www.crac.org.uk the Career Development organisation
- Babcock 4S www.babcock4s.co.uk/4S/index education support and improvement service
- maze8 www.maze8.co.uk
- Medway Youth Trust www.medwayyouthtrust.org Medway charity for young people and the community - employs personal advisers.
- Careers Adviser Magazine www.independentezines.co.uk/careersadviser
- CEGNET www.cegnet.co.uk the website of the Dept. for Children, Schools & Families careers education support programme
- Centre for Career & Personal Development, Canterbury Christ Church University www.canterbury.ac.uk/education/career-and-personal-development/Home.aspx offers the QCG and an MA in Career Education, Development and Guidance.
- Birkbeck, University of London www.bbk.ac.uk/study/pg/organisationalpsychology/TMSCMCSL.html M.Sc. in Career Management and Counselling taught by networked learning
- University of Derby International Centre for Guidance Studies www.derby.ac.uk/icegs applied research and development unit
- Article on Careers Coaching (Irish Times)
Last fully updated 2012