Are Careers Advisers too humble?


One of my Linkedin careers contacts, Janet Colledge, made an extremely interesting point this week. Following some recent media attention of the sector (not all-together favourable, from what I believe?!), Janet posted online: “We need to start promoting the benefits of professional careers advice…”

Janet strongly believes “clarity of purpose” should be high on the list.

In response, I exclaimed: “For YEARS this topic has vexed me, as someone who dabbled with the DipCG, was one of the “new breed” Connexions Personal Advisers and now trains and accredits Level 3 and 4 Advice and Guidance staff and Level 4 and 6 Careers practitioners.

When WILL the sector (and staff) receive the respect that it (and they) deserve? From my experience, when staff undergo training, they soon realise that “careers” isn’t a cosy chat for half-an-hour and the days when the Geography or PE teacher told them to go and “work down t’pit” or “be a secretary” were nonsensical!

Alas, I often feel we’re going backwards. Only today, I received a call from a lady who’s the school librarian and has been asked to “do careers”. Plus, while I understand it’s great to have different routes into a profession, what WAS wrong with the Diploma in Careers Guidance, back in the day? A well-respected qualification.”

What are YOUR thoughts?

Is “Career Information, Advice and Guidance” still misunderstood by “the world and his wife (and kids!)” and are Advisers too humble to be blowing those proverbial trumpets?


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