Finding a Careers Adviser

Information on finding a Careers Adviser

In England

In England, schools have a duty to provide independent and impartial careers advice for 14-16 year olds.

The government is planning to extend this down to age 12 and up to age 18. Face-to-face guidance is generally quite limited, with schools only providing online, email and phone support. However the Statutory Guidance for Schools makes clear that they must provide face-to-face careers guidance for all young people with a learning difficulty and/or disability and you should already have had a careers interview as part of your transition review.

If you want careers advice again while you are at college or in university, you should be able to get help through your local authority. They can provide advice up until the age of 25 if you have a Section 139A Learning Difficulty Assessment.

Your university will also have a dedicated careers service which can talk through your career options and the types of support available. Alternatively you can use the new National Careers Service. If you're aged 13-19 you can call for advice or email through their website. Adults aged 20 and over can also get face-to-face guidance.

Call 0800 100 900 to make an appointment with an adviser at your nearest National Careers Service Centre. People with sight loss should be able to get at least three sessions in person with an adviser.

Find your Disability Employment Adviser

Your local Jobcentre will be able to help you look for work in your area. They advertise job opportunities online and also in the Jobcentre itself. If you need extra employment support because of your sight loss, the Jobcentre can put you in touch with one of their Disability Employment Advisers, sometimes called DEA's. They can help you find work or gain new skills even if you have been out of work for a long time, or if you have little or no work experience. It's well worth getting in touch with a DEA in your area to get some additional help with your job search.

You will probably have already met with a Careers Adviser as part of your transition review at school. However, you may wish to contact them again while you are at college or in university. They can help you:

  • develop your CV
  • search and apply for jobs
  • understand the job market
  • search for courses and training schemes
  • find funding to support any learning
  • identify your key strengths and skills
  • explore your career options
  • explore available support options
  • choose training routes that fit your lifestyle
  • develop an action plan to help you achieve your goals.

For further information and to locate your nearest Careers Adviser, visit your country's career service. This information is listed below:

The National Careers Service

The National Careers Service offers specific advice and guidance for young people aged between 13 to 19 as well as services for adults aged 20 and over. Their services include information and advice on choosing a career, CV writing, funding advice and more. You can contact them by email or telephone and if you wish arrange to meet an adviser face-to-face.

You can contact a Careers Adviser through the National Careers Service for free by telephone, email or through webchat by following the links below:

Action for blind people Employment Service

RNIB and Action for Blind People has a network of Employment Specialists who can support you in starting your career and finding work. Our Employment section contains further advice and you can speak to an employment advisor by contacting your local Action team.

The Action Employment Line

Action for blind people, have recently launched 'The Action Employment Line' which offers phone based employment advice across England. The line is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and the team can assist you with writing CVs and completing job applications online, as well as conducting mock interviews over the phone. People requiring face-to-face support are referred to a local team.

For more information contact the employment line on 0800 4402255 or email employmentline@actionforblindpeople.org.uk

In Northern Ireland

If you live in Northern Ireland, the following are useful contacts for more information and support:

RNIB NI Employment and Technology Service

40 Linenhall St.,
Belfast BT2 8BA
Tel: 028 9032 9373

Embassy Building
3 Strand Road
Derry/ Londonderry
BT48 7BH
Tel: 028 7136 6060

Email: employmentni@rnib.org.uk
 

Careers Service Northern Ireland

You can find out more about choosing a career, options after year 12, and how to get a job through the Careers Service Northern Ireland website.

In Scotland

Skills Development Scotland (SDS)

SDS staff can assist individuals with additional support needs to:

  • assess their own interests, skills and strengths
  • understand the range of options open to them
  • develop realistic and achievable career plans
  • develop job seeking skills if appropriate
  • make applications for college and university courses
  • apply for current job or training vacancies
  • link with other helpful organisations and agencies.

For more information and help, you can call in to your local Skills Development Scotland Careers Centre or visit the Skills Development Scotland website.

You may also wish to visit the "My World of Work" section on the website which offers lots of valuable information and tools to help you find a job or develop your career.

In Wales

If you are living in Wales and need support finding a career that is right for you contact:

Careers Wales

Careers Wales provide free, bilingual, impartial careers information, advice and guidance for all ages and will help you at school, college and even when you apply to university. Their advisors can offer advice and guidance but are also really important in securing funding if you want to go to specialist or mainstream college. Careers Wales have teams of specialist advisors called LLDD advisors who are experts in supporting people with disabilities or additional learning needs. To find out more visit the Careers Wales website.

In addition, RNIB Cymru has a team of employment advisors who can offer specialist advice and guidance and support you with your CV, application forms, interview technique and employability skills. To contract one of our advisors in Wales call 02920 449 571.

Also may be important to mention careers advisors within HEI's across Wales. Each university has their own team of careers advisors who can usually support you not only whilst studying but after graduation.

Further help and support

Email cypf@rnib.org.uk for further information.