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Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment

Special Offer Careers Counselling Course


  • Suitable for anyone wishing to improve their job prospects or set up their own business in this area.
  • Taught and written by highly experienced and qualified tutors.
  • This course will develop your understanding of factors affecting career choices and planning, and your ability to help others plan and achieve career goals.
  • The course is aimed at students who have prior experience or training in a related field such as counselling or social work, but will benefit anyone in their own career planning and development.

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    Special Offer Distance Learning Course - Train as a Careers Counsellor. 

    • Study in your own home with support from our highly experienced tutors.
    • Whilst you learn more about careers counselling, the principles and theories behind careers counselling and how this can be used in a practical way.
    • This course is a great addition to your CV and will improve your job and career prospects.
    • Course Duration: 100 hours of self paced study.


    The course comprises 10 lessons, as follows:

    Lesson 1. Introduction: Scope & Nature of the Industry
    • Definitions: career, careers counselling, counselling
    • Broad employment options
    • Services offered in the employment industry
    • Assumptions about career counselling practices
    • Cross cultural careers counselling 
    Lesson 2. Nature of Careers: What is a career, what makes it successful? 
    • Introduction
    • Elements of career building and job seeking
    • Factors contributing to career success
    • Realistic expectations
    • Range of options
    • Persistence
    • Case study 
    Lesson 3. Careers Advice Resources
    • Brochures, Publications, Web Sites
    • Employer considerations: qualifications, experience, personality, age, adaptability, productivity, etc.
    • Case study 
    Lesson 4. Career Services
    • Where can people get help (Social Services, Work Experience, Education)
    • Career counselling services
    • Careers and vocational guidance
    • Vocational planning
    • Setting goals
    • Job seeking support
    • Job seeking strategies
    • Other services 
    Lesson 5. Developing Counselling Skills 
    • Key areas for career counselling
    • Helping clients focus on reality
    • Helping clients identify opportunities
    • Helping clients consider all elements
    • Overcoming resistance from clients
    • Listening skills
    • Questioning skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Essential reality checks
    • Improving clients predictive ability 
    Lesson 6. Conducting a Counselling Session 
    • Why people come to a career counsellor
    • Strategies to develop trust
    • A career counselling session
    • Individuals who know the job they want
    • Psychometric testing for individuals still choosing a career
    • Types of psychological tests that may be used
    • Referring people elsewhere 
    Lesson 7. Counselling Students and School Leavers (with little work experience)
    • Understanding youth
    • Career counselling for adolescents
    • Assisting indecisive teenagers
    • Career counselling for students
    • Giving advice on study
    • Choosing a course
    • Workshops for students
    • Workshops for university students
    • Resources for counselling students 
    Lesson 8. Counselling Adults (inexperienced or facing career change)
    • Identifying adult needs
    • The training program
    • Advice and support during job hunting
    • Course of action
    • Career changing
    • Easiest paths to career change
    • Challenging path to career change
    • Starting a business
    • Case study
    • Writing a business plan 

    Lesson 9. Job Prospecting 
    • Ways of finding work
    • Supporting clients decisions
    • Prospecting for work
    • Tips on getting a job
    • Writing resumes (CV's)
    • Preparing for a job interview 
    Lesson 10. Nurturing and growing a career once it has started 
    • Getting a job is only the first step in a career
    • Self management for business people
    • Marketing and pricing
    • Case study
    • Advising clients about career advancement 

    Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


    • Identification of people and organisations which offer career advice or support and the services they offer.
    • Improved ability to distinguish successful from unsuccessful careers, and to prepare for anticipated changes in the workplace.
    • Skills that will enhance your ability to guide others in the establishment or development of a career.
    • Ability to plan and execute an effective Counselling Session.
    • Understanding and strategies for dealing with the needs of inexperienced young people.
    • Identifying and meeting the needs of inexperienced adults or those facing career change.
    • Understanding of how and where to find employment in the job market.
    • Appreciation of the need to nurture and grow a career and plan for change. 


    • Undertake research into the scope and nature of employment services and service providers in your region or locality.
    • Research a career area to identify the kind of work involved, requirements, who offers it, trends etc.
    • Role play a counselling session to practise and evaluate your skills in helping a client with an issue.
    • Conduct research to improve your understanding of what careers counselling entails.
    • Plan a careers counselling session, including the session goal, time frame, and anticipated issues.
    • Discuss career concerns with young people who are leaving or have recently left secondary school.
    • Discuss with adults their experiences of career change.
    • Plan strategies to assist young and adult clients deal with common and important identified issues.

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    Meet some of our academics

    Tracey Jones (psychology)B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), DipSW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies) Tracey began studying psychology in 1990. She has a wide range of experience within the psychology and social work field, particularly working with people with learning disabilities. She is also qualified as a teacher and now teaches psychology and social work related subjects. She has been a book reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work and has also written many textbooks, blogs, articles and ebooks on psychology, writing, sociology, child development and more. She has had also several short stories published.
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