A careers adviser provides information, advice and guidance to help people make realistic choices about their education, training and work. They may deal with a range of people, from school children over the age of 13 up to adults who may want a career change or need help with further training.
Careers advisers can help to identify options for suitable careers, build CVs, identify skills gaps, advise on where to search for jobs and help with the application, and locate relevant training courses.
They can work in a range of locations in the public, private and voluntary sectors. They may be sub-contracted out to various organisations to maximise the accessibility of the service to as many people as possible. Premises where careers advisers can be based include: schools, further education colleges, community centres, training providers, libraries, charities, healthcare settings and local authorities.
It is possible to specialise in higher education careers advice and to work in a careers service based within a university.
The work of a careers adviser varies depending on the type of organisation they work in. Those contracted to work in schools will deal with different issues to those who work in colleges or job or community centres.