How to become a careers adviser
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You can take either a postgraduate diploma or master's degree in career guidance.
These courses take one year full-time or 2 years part-time and lead to the Qualification in Career Development (QCD).
Many people apply to do a career guidance qualification after working in teaching, youth work or social services.
You'll usually need:
- a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
You could do a Career Development Professional Level 6 Higher Apprenticeship.
This takes 2 years to complete.
You may be able to do an Employability Practitioner Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship, if you're working in careers or education, then go on to complete a career guidance qualification.
There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths
You could start by working as a careers co-ordinator or youth worker and do further training on the job.
Your employer may support you to take work-based qualifications such as:
- Level 4 Diploma in Advice and Guidance
- Level 4 Diploma in Career Information and Advice
- Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development