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Why you need Careers Advice

Are you unsure of what career is going to be right for you? Confused about the different options that are available to you? Keep being told what to do by teachers, parent and friends?

Then a visit to a professional careers adviser or careers guidance practitioner could help you resolve the questions above.

No longer available in many schools or colleges, even young people struggle to access careers guidance let alone adults. A session with one of these professionals could save you time, money and wasted effort in the long run.

Still unsure? See our top 5 reasons how a Careers Advice Professional can help you.

1. What can a Career Adviser do for me?

A lot, that's what. If you're unsure of what career path to follow, then support with your decision making can help. Law, Medicine, Accountancy, Media, IT, University, Apprenticeships? They're all possibilities.

But you need to get on the right track to make sure you don't end up wasting precious time studying the wrong subjects or degree etc. You can also find out about options you may not have thought of before. We've mentioned some of the main obvious ones above, but there are hundreds more out there. A careers adviser can help you determine the best one for you. But how?

2. What do Careers Advisers do?

A good careers adviser will bring out your strengths and weaknesses - analyse your abilities, your personality traits and your preferences for work environment e.g. desk role, practical work, team based skills etc.

But you have to reply honestly. Seeing a career adviser is not a test. They are there to help you make sense of your options. Don't pretend to be something you're not. Be honest when answering their questions or any assessments they give you. Be yourself!

3. Careers Information is key

A key ingredient to finding the right career for you is information - the right information. What salary do jobs offer? What training and/or professional recognition is required? What progression possibilities are there? Careers advice can help answer these questions and more.

But also, how do you get into some careers. Many routes aren't widely known. For example, it's possible to get into medicine with a science degree, or become a solicitor without a degree at all. There are many other 'hidden' options such as these that a good careers adviser will help you discover.

4. Impartiality - What's right for you

Have you had your fill of people telling you what job you should do? parents, friends, teachers? Their input may be well meaning. But this advice can often be based on their own personal preferences and quite often outdated knowledge of careers.

It's important that the advice you take is up to date and based on what's right for you. It has to be impartial and based on your abilities and preferences - not that of others. You need to see someone who will advise you accordingly. A professional careers adviser will do this and more.

5. It's an Investment in you and your Future.

Although there is free access to careers advice for some, for many it will need to be paid for. How much you pay will depend on what services you want. For example, if you want a general session with a careers adviser then you can expect to pay anything from fifty up to a couple of hundred pounds.

If you want a full psychometric assessment included (in depth evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses), then you can expect to pay up to a few hundred pounds.

So what to do next?

If you think a you could benefit from seeing a careers adviser take a look at our list of Advisers near you. You need to check the services they offer as this vary enormously. You also need to make sure they are suitably qualified. The Diploma in Careers Advice or similar is a must.

Remember, time and money spent with a career adviser is an investment in you. Make the most of it and get a head start in your career.

Article - Why you need Careers Advice