Talk to an adviser
What you need to know
- Talking to a teacher or careers adviser will help you to think through your ideas for the future and make a plan to get to where you want to be.
- You can talk to an adviser whatever stage you’re at. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any ideas or have lots of ideas. They won’t ‘tell’ you what you should do, they’ll help you to make your own decisions.
- Your CareersInc adviser at school is impartial so they won’t push you to choose one option over another.
- If you’ve got a question that can’t wait, advisers from the National Careers Service will help you by email, webchat or phone.
- You might just have a quick query, or you might see your adviser a few times to work through your ideas and come up with a plan. It depends on what you need.
Things to think about
- Your CareersInc adviser won’t be there every day, so you might need to wait a while to see them.
- CareersInc advisers are there to help you make good choices for yourself, and that can take time. Don’t expect all your ideas and plans to be sorted after one meeting.
- Advisers don’t know everything, but they do know where to look.
- To get to know you better, your adviser will ask you questions about what you enjoy, your ideas, and your school work. They won’t share what you talk about with other people if you don’t want them to, unless you say something that makes them think you’re in danger of harm.
- Find out who your CareersInc adviser is. Ask your teacher or tutor and look out for messages at school about the help available.
- You might want to research your ideas before you talk to an adviser and make a note of things you want to talk to them about. If you’re not sure what you want to do in the future, get some career ideas, and look at what your next step could be.
- Check out your plans with an adviser even if you’re sure what you want to do and how to get there. They can help you feel sure you’re on the right track.
- Work through the action plan you and your adviser make and share it with other people who are helping you make decisions, like your parents and teacher or tutor.
- Go back to your adviser as many times as you need. Plans can change and you might have other ideas that you want to check out.
- Find out about your adviser and all the other support and resources that are available in your school.