Profession career guidance advisor

Career guidance advisors provide guidance and advice to adults and students on making educational, training and occupational choices and assist people in managing their careers, through career planning and career exploration. They help identify options for future careers, assist beneficiaries in the development of their curriculum and help people reflect on their ambitions, interests and qualifications. Career guidance advisors may provide advice on various career planning issues and make suggestions for lifelong learning if necessary, including study recommendations. They may also assist the individual in the search for a job.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Social / Artistic


  • Labour market

    The trends, functioning, and fluctuations of the labour market, career options, wages, unions, working population and the supply and demand of certain professions in a sector.

  • Curriculum objectives

    The goals identified in curricula and defined learning outcomes.

  • Counselling methods

    Counselling techniques used in different settings and with various groups and individuals, especially concerning methods of supervision and mediation in the counselling process.

  • Job market offers

    Job opportunities available on the labour market, depending on the economic field concerned.

  • Curriculum standards

    The governmental policies concerning educational curricula and the approved curricula from specific educational institutions.


  • Monitor educational developments

    Monitor the changes in educational policies, methodologies and research by reviewing relevant literature and liaising with education officials and institutions.

  • Provide information on study programmes

    Provide information on the different lessons and fields of study offered by educational institutions such as universities and secondary schools, as well as the study requirements and employment prospects.

  • Advise on training courses

    Provide information on possible training options or qualifications and available funding resources, depending on the needs and educational background of the individual.

  • Encourage counselled clients to examine themselves

    Support and encourage the clients to analyse and be aware of some aspects in their life that may have been distressing or impossible to tackle so far.

  • Listen actively

    Give attention to what other people say, patiently understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times; able to listen carefully the needs of customers, clients, passengers, service users or others, and provide solutions accordingly.

  • Facilitate job market access

    Improve the chances of individuals to find a job, by teaching the required qualifications and interpersonal skills, through training and development programs, workshops or employment projects.

  • Evaluate clients' progress

    Keep track of clients' achievements by reporting on their progress. Monitor whether goals are reached and barriers or setbacks overcome. If not, consult with clients about their issues and offer new approaches.

  • Identify clients' needs

    Identify the areas in which the client may require aid and investigate the possibilities for meeting those needs.

  • Provide assistance with job search

    Help students or adults in their search to find a profession by identifying career options, building a curriculum vitae, preparing them for job interviews, and locating job vacancies.

  • Coach clients

    Actively help clients to improve their strengths and confidence. Propose courses and workshops or coach them yourself.

  • Provide information on education financing

    Provide information to parents and students concerning tuition fees, student loans and financial support services.

  • Counsel clients

    Assist and guide clients to overcome their personal, social, or psychological issues.

  • Assist clients with personal development

    Help clients determine what they want to do with their lives and assist in setting personal and professional goals, by prioritising and planning the steps necessary to reach these goals.

  • Provide career counselling

    Advise beneficiaries on future career options through counselling and, potentially, through career testing and evaluation.

Optional knowledge and skills

write work-related reports identify training needs assessment processes application process adult education psychology perform educational testing encourage students to acknowledge their achievements oversee extra-curricular activities liaise with educational staff labour legislation identify education needs organise job search workshops organise study information sessions provide information on school services communicate with youth psychological counselling methods university procedures cooperate with education professionals assess students' preliminary learning experiences communicate on the youth's well-being counsel students education law organise projects to fill education needs project management

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