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An insight into being a Careers Advisor…

As we are coming to the end of National Careers Week 2019, Lara from the GOO team has pledged to give an insight into her career path.

I began working for the Grow our Own service 8 years ago, initially starting out as an Administration Assistant; going on to complete my Level 3 in Business Administration. After a few years in the team, I started to realise how rewarding helping people was.

I was lucky enough to train as a Careers Advisor and now I provide information, advice and guidance to help our service users make realistic and achievable choices about their education, training and work. I deal with a wide range of people, from school leavers, to adults who want to change their career, or learn some new skills.

I help identify options for suitable careers, provide advice on writing a winning CV or covering letter, and help them overcome some of those dreaded interview nerves.

My role is full time, and no one day is the same! I could be visiting a local school or college one day, attending a conference the next or delivering a workshop at a community venue. Of course, there are also days in the office where I complete all-important paperwork and plan very exciting events!

One of the crucial skills my role requires is communication and listening skills! It is very important when helping people that I listen to every need and concern to assist them in achieving their goals. It is also important to be flexible whilst being able to solve problems quickly and efficiently. Most people I work with will have difference needs. There can be no ‘one size fits all’ approach and you have to be versatile to provide the best support.

To be a careers advisor, having experience of working in advisory positions is important. However, I do think that providing great customer service holds an even greater value!

One of the best things about my job, is that I learn something new every day! I find exploring new jobs with clients is always exciting as I am learning about another career path, learning of new opportunities and education options! I also get to visit lots of colleges, universities and workplaces which equips me with real life examples and experiences that I can provide to my clients.

I am qualified as a Level 6 Career Guidance and Development Practitioner, but most employers will recruit for advisors who have, or are willing to work towards a career information and advice Level 4 diploma. This can take around a year to complete (2 if part-time) and combines theory work as well as practical work experience.

Being a careers advisor is a truly rewarding job and there is nothing better than supporting individuals to achieve their goals and land themselves their dream job!

For more information on how to become a Careers Advisor, check out the job profile on the National Careers Service website – https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/careers-adviser

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