Careers Guidance Interviews

Careers guidance interviews are an impartial, one-to-one meeting between yourself and a professionally qualified careers adviser. Careers guidance interviews are not like a job interview – there are no right or wrong answers.

What will be discussed

During careers guidance interviews the careers adviser will help you to:

  • Identify your personal qualities and skills
  • explore specific career areas open to you
  • explore current and future job opportunities
  • explore your interests, likes and dislikes, family influences, personal barriers and work experience
  • think about how study, work experience, and home-life can all contribute to your employability.

The careers adviser will give you:

  • Accurate and up-to-date information
  • alternative sources of information and help if required
  • an action plan to help you move forward.

How to prepare for your interview

Think about:

Your current situation – what planning you have already done, if any

  • what you would like to change
  • qualifications or additional qualifications and experience required for the career you are interested in
  • how much control you feel you have in making choices
  • the ideas you already have but don’t know how to move forward with or perhaps you have no ideas at all.

Using some of our student planning tools before your careers guidance interviews may help.

Benefits of a guidance interview

  • Increased motivation and self- confidence
  • greater self-awareness
  • identification of more achievable ambitions
  • improved decision-making skills
  • increased awareness of opportunities.

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