Search the best UK Job vacancies online at Redgoldfish® Jobs

Careers Advisor Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Careers Advisor. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Careers Advisor
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Careers Advisor Work Information

Finding Suitable Work

This website features a volume of Job vacancies advertised on behalf of a number of different employers and specialist recruiters that post vacancies on a regular basis so you can start your search for work right here:-

Click here to View all the latest Careers Advisor jobs online today


We feature many Careers Advisor Jobs live online at this site and these posts are updated daily. Please book mark this page and return here on a regular basis or register with our site for Jobs by email so that you don't miss out on the latest work opportunities.

Working Duties Expected

Careers advisers work with both young people and adults on a one-to-one basis, helping them make informed and realistic decisions about education, training and job options.

Careers advisers work in a range of settings, including schools, further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, universities and adult guidance services. The work involves:

  • helping clients use guidance computer software packages
  • assisting clients in gathering careers information from a range of sources such as the internet and printed materials
  • researching occupations and the labour market
  • group work - giving talks and leading discussions
  • liaising with employers, higher and further education institutions, training providers and other organisations
  • administrative tasks such as writing reports.
  • In England, careers advisers working with 13-19 year-olds within the Connexions Service are known as personal advisers. Their work may be broader than career information and guidance, and may include supporting young people with a range of personal development and welfare issues. For more information, see Personal Adviser (Connexions).
  • The Connexions Service is not available in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Hours and Environment

Most careers advisers work a 37-hour week, Monday to Friday, perhaps with some evening work. There are opportunities for part-time work and job-sharing.

They are based in offices that are open to the public; some are based in schools, colleges, Connexions one-stop shops or universities. There is usually some local travel involved, so a driving licence is useful.

Skills and Interests

To be a careers adviser or Connexions personal adviser you should:

  • be able to establish relationships with a wide range of people
  • have good communication skills, both written and verbal
  • be able to research information and present it in a form that can be easily understood
  • be self-confident and persuasive, with a mature outlook
  • be flexible and adaptable in your approach to work
  • be resilient and able to work under pressure
  • be able to work alone and as part of a team
  • have administrative and computer skills.


There are two main routes to qualifying as a careers adviser/Connexions personal adviser:

The Qualification in Careers Guidance (QCG) is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time university course taken in conjunction with work experience. Additionally, candidates can work towards NVQ/SVQ Level 4 in Advice, Guidance and Advocacy. The QCG replaces the older Diploma in Careers Guidance. Applicants are normally 21 or over. Although there are no set academic entry requirements, candidates must be able to study at higher education level.

There is a work-based route for people already employed by an organisation providing career guidance services. Training combines work experience and taught sessions, leading to an NVQ/SVQ Level 4 in Advice, Guidance and Advocacy.

There is no upper age limit for entry, and maturity is an advantage. Most applicants are graduates, and many people enter this type of work after gaining experience in other fields such as industry, commerce, teaching or social work. Some experience of working with young people (including voluntary work) is useful.


Qualified careers advisers joining Connexions will need further in-service training to become personal advisers. For details, see Personal Adviser (Connexions).

Careers advisers in higher education do not need a professional qualification in careers work. Through in-service training they can gain the Certificate or Diploma in Careers Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education. They are increasingly likely, however, to qualify through one of the routes described above and gain experience before moving into higher education.


Employers include higher education institutions, voluntary organisations, and private careers consultancies providing service for adults on a fee-paying basis.

In England, careers work with 13-19 year olds is delivered through Connexions partnerships. Most Connexions personal advisers are employed directly by Connexions partnerships, but in some areas the employer will be a careers company providing services to the local Connexions partnership under contract.

Elsewhere in the UK the main employers are Careers Scotland, Careers Wales and the Northern Ireland Training and Employment Agency.

Suitable candidates for all posts are in demand, particularly in London and south-east England, as well as other large cities.

Some advisers choose to specialise, perhaps in working with adults, people with special needs, or the unemployed. Others move into industry, providing information, advice and guidance on career management for employees of large companies. There are also opportunities for promotion into supervisory and management posts.

Experienced advisers could become self-employed, perhaps as consultants, researchers or writers.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Most newly-qualified advisers start on around £18,000 a year.
Qualified practitioners can earn around £24,000.
Progression to middle management and specialist posts can lead to a salary of up to £35,000.

Further information:

Institute of Career Guidance
27a Lower High Street
West Midlands
Tel: 01384 376464

Connexions Service National Unit
Department for Education and Skills
S1 4PQ

Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS)
c/o Careers Service
University of Sheffield
8-10 Favell Road
S3 7QX
Tel: 0870 770 3310

Other Useful Careers Advisor Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Careers Advisor job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

Locations where we feature Jobs include:-
Aberdeen, Berkshire, Aberdeen, Bath, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff, Central London, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Docklands, Dorset, Dundee, Durham, East Midlands, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Midlands and in various parts of the West Midlands

Details of other Careers Advisor Jobs can also be found in other UK wide areas including:-
Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

Return to job profile listing

Register your CV