Work may focus on hard to reach or marginalised groups including unemployed or disabled people, and people with few educational qualifications.
Whatever the setting, whether as part of a team in a large organisation or as a sole operator in a voluntary group, an adult guidance worker focuses on enabling clients to move forward in their personal development, education and professional training.
Due to changes in government strategies and funding, much guidance work has been re-focused to supply in schools and colleges. Some organisations still work closely with government departments to offer services to adults from under-represented socio-economic groups, adults with health and social needs, unemployed people, and adults with learning difficulties. This sector is subject to frequent change, becoming more target driven, and is expected to undergo further policy changes in the near future.