Career advisors help students and/or other job seekers find opportunities and training to secure employment within their chosen field. They help clients find the right career choices by analyzing their skills, interests, and mental and physical aptitudes for various professions. Career advisors also help their clients perfect job hunting techniques, create effective resumes, and develop interview skills.
Career advisors usually work at career counseling agencies, high schools and college campuses. Although they usually work independently, junior career advisors also sometimes seek the guidance of senior career advisors to better help their clients make solid, life-long career choices. A typical day for a career advisor usually entails meeting with new clients to begin initial assessment interviews and tests. They also follow-up with existing clients to assess their job seeking, resume writing, and interview progress. The rest of their days is usually spent maintaining client records, conducting career-related seminars, and meeting with local businesses which have one or more job openings within their organizations. Career advisors also participate in continuing education classes and seminars that keep them up to date with their industry's practices and procedures.
Career advisors generally hold a bachelor's or master's degree in a field such as human resources, social work, psychology, or business. Some career advisors have work histories within specialized fields such as medicine, law, military relations, or engineering. These types of career advisors often also function as recruiters for governmental, private, or public organizations that seek individuals for industry-specific positions.
Career Advisor Tasks
- Maintain relationships with local employers in order to create links between students and companies that can lead to eventual employment or internship opportunities.
- Conduct mock interviews and assist students with the creation of resumes and cover letters.
- Counsel students on career planning and job search strategies while facilitating the creation of viable long-term career goals.
- Arrange job fairs, seminars, and lectures that will connect students to companies and provide valuable information regarding future career options.