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Job holders in this unit group give advice on careers or occupations, training courses and related matters, direct school leavers and other job seekers into employment and assess their progress.


  • Uses an interview, questionnaire and/or psychological or other test to determine the aptitude, preferences and temperament of the client
  • Advises on appropriate courses of study or avenues into employment
  • Visits educational and other establishments to give talks and distribute information regarding careers
  • Liaises with employers to determine employment opportunities and advises schools, colleges or individuals accordingly
  • Organises careers forums and exhibitions and establishes and maintains contact with local employers, colleges and training providers
  • Monitors progress and welfare of young people in employment and advises them on any difficulties.

Entry Requirements

Entrants often possess a degree, an approved diploma or equivalent qualification. Professional training towards the Qualification in Careers Guidance consists of a one-year full-time course followed by a one-year probationary period of on-the-job training. NVQs/SVQs in Advice and Guidance at Levels 3 and 4 are available. Those working with young people or vulnerable adults will require CRB clearance.

Industry Insights

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £28,000 per annum and can progress up to £31,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 3,188 employed Careers Advisers & Vocational Guidance Specialists in the region.

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