Dedicated careers and enterprise professionals in this arena support a variety of individuals from very diverse backgrounds in embarking on their professional futures in their chosen industry. With constant changes in government funding, these roles are often adapting and evolving to meet the needs of government initiatives or organisational focuses.
The aim of career and employability professionals is to work closely in most cases with individuals who are NEET (not in employment, education, or training) or current and graduating students, to successfully secure paid employment. Mentoring, training, and programme initiatives are tools used by employability and careers professionals in ensuring those in the programme become work ready as quickly as possible, all relative to the barriers they are facing. In addition to this, career and employability professionals often partake in employee engagement in order to broker job roles, working with stakeholders and medium to large employers in the community in seeking positions for work ready candidates to apply for. They may also be involved in engaging students to consider different professions at an early age through schools based workshops and career fairs.
In this field of work, you'll need to be skilled in providing careers guidance within Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) organisations, or within other non-profit employability providers. Working with both international and national students and adults in providing them with sound advice in various scenarios which could include apprenticeships, work placements, university or college courses, access to funding and various other services.
Many professionals within this field will have an IAG (Information Advice Guidance) qualification.
Looking for the latest resources, advice and videos to help you in the search for your new role? Visit our employability hub.
Starting a job remotely? View our videos from recent job seekers who started their job remotely during a pandemic.
Fancy a career in HE? If you're looking for your next role in HE, start your search with TPP. Watch our video about what its like to work in higher education. >>Watch the video here