Career Manager/Counselor

As a career manager, you'll provide information, advice and guidance to help adults make education and training choices. You also help people exploring learning from experience. The help and advice you give will include identifying options for suitable careers, advising on how to write a good CV and covering letter, assisting with the application process and helping to locate relevant education and training courses.

Tasks and Responsibilities

As career manager/counsellor, you need to:

  • Interview people one-to-one or in small groups to discuss career or education and training options
  • Plan career development and support organisations to meet people's needs
  • Advise people on how to source relevant education and training courses or qualifications and what funding might be available
  • Provide advice on CV, applications, job hunting and interview techniques
  • Run small group sessions or larger presentations on all aspects of careers work and topics related to personal development
  • Help people to understand the current job market and education and training offers more adequate
  • Negotiate with other organisations on behalf of people
  • Keep up to date with labour market information, legislation, and professional and academic developments

Qualifications and Skills

This area of work is open a wide range of graduates but the following subjects are particularly relevant:

  • Educational sciences
  • Adult education
  • Human resources management
  • Psychology
  • Sociolology

As a career manager/counsellor, you need to have:

  • Communication, observation and listening skills
  • Ability to motivate and establish trustful relationship with adult learners
  • An empathetic, non-judgmental and ethical approach
  • Teamwork
  • Work independently
  • Organisational skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Research skills


There are opportunities for career managers/counsellors in education and training services in private and public employment sectors. These include:

  • Private firms
  • Central and local government
  • Education and training institutions