Careers adviser


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What's it like?

You would help people make good decisions when they choose education, training and work options. You’d help them get into the kind of jobs they'll enjoy.

You’d speak with individuals and ask them questions to help them clearly assess their own abilities, interests and achievements.

You would help each person:

  • Find learning and work opportunities
  • Use careers information and resources
  • Make decisions that suit their life and their circumstances
  • Look at available training and work options
  • Make a plan of action for achieving their aims

Once they’ve made a plan of action you’d support them to carry it out.

You would also develop working relationships with employers, colleges, universities and training providers.

You’d need to keep up to date with information about work and jobs, for example, you’d need to know what types of work are likely to become more important in the future. You find out what skills and education people would need to get jobs in that area of work.

You’d talk to and lead discussions with groups of people about what they can do to prepare for their careers.

You’d also update records for the individuals you work with and do other administration.

Working conditions


You would usually work 37 hours a week, Monday to Friday, perhaps with some evening work.


You could work at a range of locations, including schools, colleges, universities, and adult information, advice and guidance centres.


Your job could include a lot of local travel.

UK employment status



Self employed

People behind the job

Meet real people who’ve done this job – hear their stories and the path they took to get there.

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Listening to people
  • Explaining things
  • Communicating ideas through writing
  • Using computers
  • Researching and investigating
  • Planning and organising
  • Time management

Build your skills

Your skills can help you choose the career that’s right for you. You can build your skills through work, study or activities you do in your spare time.

To understand more, have a look at what are my skills?

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.


You would need a degree (SCQF level 9/10) and a postgraduate qualification (SCQF level 11) in Career Guidance and Development or work-based qualifications in Advice and Guidance (SVQ Level 2/3/4).

Entry to the postgraduate course requires a degree or equivalent or S/NVQ in Advice and Guidance though other qualifications and relevant experience may be considered. 

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Social studies such as psychology

You will also need

To be approved for membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme run by Disclosure Scotland.

Helpful to have

Qualifications that show understanding of employability and helping people.

Once qualified you can become a Member of Career Development Institute (CDI) and join the national Register of Career Development Professionals.

A driving licence is useful