Careers Advisers  

A careers adviser is a qualified professional who can help you explore your ideas and plans for the future. Schools and colleges are advised to ensure that advisers working with their students are qualified to level 6 (degree level).

The role of a careers adviser is not to tell you what to do, but to provide a structured discussion which can help you to identify your skills and make realistic plans for your future. They should be impartial (favouring no school, employer, college or route above others) in their work with you.

  • They may:
    • interview you one-to-one or in small groups
    • help you plans for work experience, employment, education and training
    • help with researching careers, education, training qualifications, etc.
    • help with CV, applications, job hunting and interview techniques;
    • using computer-aided guidance packages such as Kudos or JED
    • organise careers fairs, events, employer visits and conventions
    • Provide information on the labour market

The most likely stage where you would see a careers adviser is in year 11 as you plan for moving on after secondary education, but you may also have an opportunity: in year 8 or 9 around options; in sixth form preparing for university; if you are looking for work, etc. Your local college may also have advisers working in your school.

Ask your head of year or form tutor about how you might get an appointment with a careers adviser in your school.

  • In college there is usually a dedicated careers adviser or team available for students.
    • Bishop Auckland College: Careers Service: 01388 443000
    • Derwentside College: Careers Advice: 01207 585 900
    • East Durham College: Careers Advice Service: 0191 518 8282
    • New College Durham: Advice Support Careers: 0191 3754400

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Posted 22nd June 2016
By Liam
 

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