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Adult Guidance Worker Profile

Adult Guidance Worker 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 Adult Guidance Worker. This page details the following Information:-

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

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Working Duties Expected

An adult guidance worker advises individuals on employment, training and educational opportunities to help the client make well informed and realistic decisions about their future.

To do this the guidance practitioner may use a variety of methods. Individual discussions with the client are most common but other methods include, for example, using ability and personality tests, computer-based interest guides and group work.

Clients are adults of all ages and ability levels. They may be either employed, unemployed or in education and, depending on the policy of individual guidance services, clients may have to pay for the service provided.

What does the role encounter?

An Adult Guidance Workers role includes:

• interviewing clients and advising on employment, training, educational and related issues, job search and action planning;
• working with clients via in-depth interviews by appointment, brief contact on a drop-in basis, over the telephone or by e-mail;
• referring clients to appropriate providers, eg for employment, education and training;
• designing and delivering careers education sessions, presentations, workshops, group sessions or short courses;
• collecting, updating and writing information on local opportunities, jobseeking skills and related issues;
• liaising with others such as employers, academic staff and other guidance professionals;
• undertaking outreach work to reach adults in the community;
• liaising with local networks of other helping agencies and providers of opportunities, and giving feedback on the needs of adult learners to the providers so that they may develop appropriate learning opportunities;
• carrying out research to ensure information and personal knowledge on careers, occupations, the labour market and opportunities for education, training and employment is up-to-date;
• maintaining details of interaction with clients, often computerised, and carrying out various administrative tasks.

Guidance workers in a college setting work closely with academic staff and other student support services to provide ongoing support and advice on welfare, finance and accommodation issues. Others may undertake a marketing function on behalf of their college or centre in the form of organising open days and information evenings.

What level of salary and benefits are there?

These figures are purely for guidance only. Salaries may vary for the area the job is situated in, age, experience along with a host of other factors:

• Typical starting salaries - £16,000 - £25,000.
• Typical salaries at age 40: £25,000 - £30,000.
• Salaries will vary between employers as there is no nationally recognised salary scale for adult guidance workers. Those employed by educational institutions may be on the same salary scales and conditions as lecturing staff, but the majority are employed on administrative grades. Posts paying over £25,000 will include management responsibilities.
• Private consultancy work is a possibility for experienced staff.

What type of hours will I have to work?

Working hours are typically nine to five but may include extra hours such as evenings and weekends. The work is normally based in centres, colleges or the community. Visits to employers' premises are sometimes required. Increasingly guidance workers work at other locations, for example on employers' premises, advising staff about to be made redundant or as a sole operator in a non-guidance organisation, ie a charity for homeless clients. Most adult guidance workers have access to a collection of information, a growing proportion of which is computer-based, covering a range of learning and occupational opportunities. The work can be stressful as clients may present a range of issues and problems. Confidentiality is important. Career breaks and part-time work are fairly common. Mobility is important for career progression and jobs are available in most areas. There are more opportunities in larger towns but they are often dependent on local circumstances, funding exigencies etc. Increasingly posts are now offered on a temporary basis or fixed-term contract. Travel within a working day is frequent and may involve speaking to community groups or working on employers' premises.

What type of skills will I need?

You will need to have some or all of the following type of skills to carry out this job:

• excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
• the ability to establish a rapport with clients;
• good listening skills;
• the ability to work well as part of a team, but also to work on your own and using your own initiative;
• good organisational skills with the ability to prioritise tasks and manage time effectively;
• good administrative skills including writing reports, maintaining accurate records and using IT;
• the ability to research and utilise large amounts of information.

What type of training will I receive?

Those already working in a guidance capacity, either paid or voluntary, can study for National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) in advice and guidance at level 3 and 4 which are competency-based qualifications, ie linked to a person's ability to perform a range of tasks connected with their work.

Career Progression:

Adult guidance workers often progress from other careers, eg careers adviser, personal advisers and Further Education teaching, into a specialist adult guidance role.

Since 1999 services for adults have attracted increasing priority and funding and there is now a framework of local IAG (information, advice and guidance) Partnerships across the UK. The existence of the IAG partnerships has both increased accessibility to guidance for adults and provided further opportunity for professional development for practitioners.

Continuous professional development (CPD) is an important aspect of guidance work and practitioners are expected to be reflective, constantly evaluating and developing their work. Increased experience can give adult guidance workers the opportunity to progress into management posts, training, secondments or related areas.
There is scope for promotion to managerial roles within large local careers services, IAG Partnership teams, further education college-based services and in larger community-based organisations. Responsibilities could include:

• managing a small team;
• managing specific projects;
• staff training and development;
• budget responsibility.

What Sort Of Industries Have A Requirement For This Type Of Job?

Typical employers now include organisations such as:

• local careers services;
• colleges and educational establishments;
• community, voluntary and charity organisations;
• local government led Adult Guidance Services;
• Jobcentre Plus (formerly the Employment Service);
• private careers consultancies;
• private industry.

The IAG Partnerships consist of local partner organisations that employ adult guidance workers and, while the partnerships do not recruit on behalf of its members, they may be able to provide a list of member organisations in the local area.

Are Their Related Types Of Jobs?

Yes. This list is not exhaustive but here are some similar and associated types of role:

Careers adviser/personal adviser (careers)
Careers consultant
Community development worker
Further education lecturer
Higher education careers adviser
Personal adviser

What trade magazines or publications are available for this industry?

All of the following magazines and journals can be purchased from any good bookstore:

A Career in Careers Guidance.
Careers Guidance Today.
The Guardian.
National Association for Educational Guidance for Adults (NAEGA).
Career Research and Development.
Portico, Institute of Career Guidance.
The Times Educational Supplement (TES).

Where can I find further information?

Further information can be found by visiting any of the following bodies and organisations the addresses and their respective websites are:

Department for Education and Skills (DfES), Supporting Children and Young People Group, W408, Moorfoot, Sheffield S1 4PQ
Tel: 0870 000 2288

The Improvement and Development Agency
Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5OG
Tel: 020 7296 6600

Institute of Career Guidance (ICG)
Third Floor, Copthall House, 1 New Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 1PH
Tel: 01384 376464

National Association for Educational Guidance for Adults (NAEGA)
PO Box 459, Belfast BT2 8YA
Tel: 028 9027 1509

National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling (NICEC)
Sheraton House, Castle Park, Cambridge CB3 0AX
Tel: 01223 460277

Other Useful Adult Guidance Worker Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Adult Guidance Worker 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.

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Details of other Adult Guidance Worker 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.

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