They help clients assess their values, interests, abilities and skills and relate these to opportunities for employment, further study and training. They also help clients make informed decisions, develop strategies and carry out career plans as well as advising on how to present themselves effectively at interviews and cope with the transition from HE to employment.
Increasingly, careers advisers work with academic colleagues to promote the employability of students, including careers education within the curriculum, and liaise with employers to help them recruit students and graduates.
Most higher education (HE) careers advisers are predominantly involved in providing careers advice and guidance, which are an important means of helping students and graduates explore their options and make plans. The method of delivery of this guidance, however, will vary depending on the institution and the type of students and graduates. For example, an institution with a large number of distance learning students may provide guidance largely through email.