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Careers Adviser

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Careers advisers help people to make realistic and well-informed career decisions and plans. They also help people to develop career management skills.

The Work

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Pay

The figures below are only an example. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Trainee careers advisers working for Skills Development Scotland (SDS) start on £21,064 a year. Qualified careers advisers earn £30,306 to £37,073 a year. A team leader earns around £38,000 to £46,000 a year.

Other careers advisers may earn from around £26,000 to £35,000. Careers advisers in higher education may earn around £27,000 to £36,000 a year. Experienced or senior advisers can earn up to around £45,000 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

There are two main ways to qualify as a careers adviser: through higher education or work based study.

Most careers advisers in Scotland work for SDS, Scotland’s skills development organisation. However, it is possible to find work in other settings including: college and university careers advisory services, community based employability services or projects, the voluntary sector or independent career development agencies.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
3200
1.2 %
RISE
2024
3237
  United Kingdom
2019
33980
1.6 %
RISE
2024
34536

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The professional body for careers advisers, the Career Development Institute (CDI) has a Register of Career Development Professionals. If you are on the register it will indicate that you have reached a certain professional standard with the level of qualifications and experience that you have gained. See the CDI website for more details.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS)
Website: http://www.agcas.org.uk
Twitter: @AGCAS

AGCAS is the professional association of careers advisers in universities and other higher education institutions.

Career Development Institute (CDI)
Tel: 01384 376464
E-mail: hq@thecdi.net
Website: http://www.thecdi.net
Twitter: @theCDI
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theCDI/

Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC)
Tel: 01223 460277
Website: http://www.crac.org.uk

Skills Development Scotland
Tel: 0800 917 8000
Website: http://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk
Twitter: @skillsdevscot

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