Higher Education Careers Adviser

Higher Education Careers Adviser Job Description

A Careers Adviser In Higher Education (HE) Provides Information, Advice And Guidance To Undergraduates, Graduates And Postgraduates Through Individual Interviews And Group Work.

They Help Clients Assess Their Values, Interests, Abilities And Skills And Relate These To Opportunities For Employment, Further Study And Training. They Also Help Clients Make Informed Decisions, Develop Strategies And Carry Out Career Plans As Well As Advising On How To Present Themselves Effectively At Interviews And Cope With The Transition From HE To Employment.

Increasingly, Careers Advisers Work With Academic Colleagues To Promote The Employability Of Students, Including Careers Education Within The Curriculum, And Liaise With Employers To Help Them Recruit Students And Graduates.

Most Higher Education (HE) Careers Advisers Are Predominantly Involved In Providing Careers Advice And Guidance, Which Are An Important Means Of Helping Students And Graduates Explore Their Options And Make Plans. The Method Of Delivery Of This Guidance, However, Will Vary Depending On The Institution And The Type Of Students And Graduates. For Example, An Institution With A Large Number Of Distance Learning Students May Provide Guidance Largely Through Email.

Higher Education Careers Adviser Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • providing email or telephone advice and guidance interviews;
  • using a range of technology and social media, e.g. Skype or webinars, to contact students and graduates who may be part time or distance learning;
  • working with groups of students and/or graduates on specific topics such as preparing for interviews or choosing a career path. Sessions may be offered to particular course groups or be open to any student;
  • providing in-depth individual, face-to-face interviews to students and graduates;
  • providing a drop-in service, where students and graduates can have a shorter interview about their career needs;
  • organising programmes of workshops featuring external speakers, such as employers or representatives from professional bodies;
  • contributing to the curriculum, either through individual group sessions or accredited programmes. Responsibilities can include designing career modules (or elements within them), delivering lectures and seminars, assessing accredited assignments, or acting as consultants to academics completing these tasks.
  • advising students on the mechanics of job seeking, such as CV and cover letter feedback, interview advice and mock interviews and application form reviews. This can be done on a one-to-one basis or in groups;
  • delivering careers-related presentations;

The role of careers adviser is increasingly diverse and other duties can include:

  • researching and writing information on local and national career opportunities and producing publicity material, newsletters and vacancy bulletins;
  • using computer-aided guidance packages;
  • developing web-based materials for use by students, graduates, employers and academics;
  • developing students' awareness of entrepreneurship and the possibilities of setting up a business;
  • acting as consultants to academic and other departments in relation to careers, employability and the current labour market;
  • liaising with schools and colleges;
  • administering and interpreting psychometric tests and personality inventories;
  • visiting employers and professional bodies to obtain information about opportunities, recruitment procedures and policies, and labour market trends;
  • organising programmes of employer recruitment visits, careers fairs and other events; 
  • liaising with academic staff to promote the use of the service by students;
  • carrying out research related to the careers and employment of graduates.
  • supporting the promotion of employability and work experience, e.g  volunteering opportunities, internships and job opportunities;
  • providing information on graduate employment and training;
  • advising on careers education programmes and the development of the skills required by employers;
  • coding, analysing and interpreting data for Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) surveys;

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