What does a career advisor do?

A career advisor is someone who works closely with individuals and helping them get the career that they will love. The most relevant degree to this type of profession is The Qualification in Career Guidance course, which can be completed in just a year when enrolled full-time. You can earn up to a NVQ or SVQ Level 4 qualification as well.

Having considerable industry experience – aside from working as a career guidance counsellor – is a big plus since most people prefer to take advice from someone they see as ‘experienced’. In fact, this is one of the few jobs where age or maturity is a clear advantage.

Career advisors are different from personal advisors, with the latter working specifically with 13- to 19-year-old individuals. You may, however, become a personal advisor as well, but only with appropriate training.


Most career advisors specialise either in working with middle-aged adults looking for a sudden or major career change in their lives, or with new graduates who want to start their work lives right. You can also specialise, however, in assisting individuals who wish to establish a career abroad or in a particular industry.


Those who are starting out are likely to earn around £18k per year, whilst experienced practitioners earn an average of £24k. Specialists may earn up to £35k.

Where to Find Job Vacancies

If you are looking for career advisor vacancies, check out sites like jobisjob.co.uk. On this site, you will find a wide variety of ads, including that of a Surrey-based position and which requires you to provide career advice for prison inmates at £18k to £22k per annum. On ukjobsnet.com, you will find ads also for freelance career advisors. A telesales position can earn you from £10k to £50k per annum.

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