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( Mioara Crenganis, 26/12/2017 ) Q:

Hi,there I want to know about level of this certificate in career counselling Is which level? Thanks

( 28/12/2017 ) A:

Hello Mioara,

Thank you for your question.

The course is at level 4, which is above a A level, but not at degree level. The level is not a reflection of how difficult the course is, but ab indication of the depth of knowledge and skills you will gain from completing the course. This particular course is extremely popular and has had good reviews from previous students.

When completing a degree, one normally covers a number of subjects related to the degree. For example a Degree in Counselling would cover various counselling disciplines. What this course does is to focus on careers counselling and will give you a very good understanding of the techniques required and qualify you to to advise people in this area. It is a specialised course.

I hope that this helps.

( Melissa, 27/10/2017 ) Q:

What kind of work would taking this course enable me to do?

( 27/10/2017 ) A:

Hello Melissa,

Thank you for getting in touch.

The course is designed to enable you to work in any area where careers advice is required. You will see from the customer comments on the course description, that graduates of the course have been able to use their newly acquired knowledge and skills in this area, to do just that. Therefore, you can be confident that the course has a track record of doing exactly "what it says on the tin;" it teaches people how to be a successful careers counsellor.

I hope this helps and please come back if you require any further information.

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You can take as much time as you need with the materials to complete the course, no deadlines, no stress.

( Mahek, 17/06/2014 ) Q: how excatly it works please explain
( 18/06/2014 ) A: Hello Mahek, Our courses offer a student 100 hours of self paced and the chance to gain a certificate once they complete all assignments and the final project or exam at the end of a course. Once you enroll with ADL, you will have access to your online materials within 1 working day (often sooner than this) along with instructions on how to access your course. From that point on you are on your way to learning!
( Tim, 17/02/2014 ) Q: Hello, What certificate you provide and recognition of it . What is the mode of exam. Thanks
( 17/02/2014 ) A: Hello Tim, The certificate you gain, after completing the final exam for Careers Counselling, is issued by ADL and represents 100 hours of knowledge gained. The exam can be taken in the ADL offices in Canterbury or done through distance learning. You can find out how by copy/pasting this link into your URL: http://adlonlinecourses.com/examination-process.html

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Careers Counselling

Careers Counselling course online. Learn to advise others on their career choices. 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.


 This course is accredited by ACCPH and allows you to join as a professional member after completion. Membership allows you to add the letters MACCPH after your name (post-nominals). 


Starting or changing a career can be quite a challenge. Without help, a person can easily become discouraged or overwhelmed. If you want to help others (or yourself) make sound career decisions and set realistic career goals, this course will set you on that path. Careers Counselling involves more than just finding work for people.

"Thank you so much.  It has been  such a great course and have learned a lot. It was really great to meet you too and all the staff from the ADL academy whom I came across in the building.  Everyone is so nice and friendly. wonderful experience. Thank you once again".Juudit A, Careers Counselling, UK

"The course was a valuable learning experience as it provided me with the knowledge and understanding for me as a Careers Advisor.  The feedback was very good from my tutor, and allowed me to  build upon my assignments that were marked.  The comments were very informative  and very useful. Well written course material."  Andrew W, Careers  Counselling, UK

"Thank you so much. It has been such a great course and have learned a lot. It was really great to meet you too and all the staff from the ADL Academy whom I came across in the building. Juudit, Careers Counselling, UK

Among other things, Careers Counselling may involve helping people:

  •     identify the best job for their skills and interests
  •     find any job to meet their personal and financial needs
  •     find a better or more appropriate job for their situation
  •     achieve job satisfaction through appropriate choices
  •     plan and cope with career changes
  •     better adapt to the workplace
  •     improve their potential for advancement in the workplace
  •     identify new career possibilities when circumstances change.

To be able to assist a person to understand:

  •     the diverse nature of employment opportunities
  •     the requirements for success in different types of jobs
  •     reasons that people hire and fire employees
  •     workplace conditions including contract law, industrial relations systems, health and safety issues, ethics useful contacts among employers, government departments, funding bodies, professional associations, industry experts, etc
  •     factors that hinder or promote a person’s job-seeking effectiveness
  •     trends in the local job market.

A good Careers Counsellor must be impartial and objective.

Learn more about the employment industry and about ways to help others (or yourself) develop and pursue a career path that is both achievable and appropriate.

Career Counselling is also a valuable addition to your teaching, counselling, management, life-coaching, or community services qualification. It can improve parents' ability to help their children choose suitable career paths, or student's ability to plan their own career or career change.


Learning Goals: Careers Counselling BPS202


  • 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.


Lesson Structure:  Careers Counselling BPS202

There are 10 lessons:

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

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

3.    Careers Advice Resources ...Brochures, Publications, Web Sites

  •         Employer considerations: qualifications, experience,personality, age, adaptability, productivity, etc
  •         Case study

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 supportJob seeking strategies
  •         Other services

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

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

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

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

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

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.


Set Tasks and Practice
  • 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 practice and evaluate your skills in helping a client with a issue;
  • Conduct research to improve your understanding of what careers counselling entails.
  • Plan a careers counselling session, including the session goal, timeframe, 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.
  • What is Involved in Careers Counselling?


Your learning experience with ADL will not only depend on the quality of the course, but also the quality of the person teaching it. This course is taught by Iona Lister and your course fee includes unlimited tutorial support throughout. Here are Iona's credentials:


Licentiate, Speech and Language Therapy, UK, Diploma in Advanced Counselling Skills.

Iona has been a clinician and manager of health services for fifteen years, and a trainer for UK-based medical charities, focusing on psychosocial issues, mental health disorders, and also the promotion of communication skills for people in helping roles. She tutors and facilitates groups via workshops and teleconferences, and now specialises in Sight Loss. As a freelance writer, she contributes regular feature articles for magazines, has written five published books, as well as published courses relating to personal development and counselling skills.


Iona has aslo written published books, courses and articles across a wide range of subjects, mostly in the areas of health, counselling, psychology, crafts and wildlife.

She has drawn experience from clinical and managerial experience within the NHS as well as medical and humanitarian subjects. She has been a regular feature writer and expert panel member of a national magazine for six years.

Her books include: A Guide to Living with Alzheimer's Disease (and associated dementias), The Psychology of Facial Disfigurement; a Guide for Health and Social Care Professionals, When a Medical Skin Condition Affects the Way you Look; A Guide to Managing Your Future, Facing Disfigurement with Confidence, Cross Stitch: A Guide to Creativity and Success for Beginners.


Courses written include: Mental Health and Social Work, Counselling Skills, Understanding and Responding to Substance Misuse, Journalling for Personal Development, Guided Imagery, Stress Management.

Current work includes: Tutor: Courses associated with Creative Writing, Counselling Skills, Psychology, Holistic Therapy, Certified Hypnotherapist and Hypnotension Practitioner. 

Facilitator of Teleconference Groups: Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) 

Trainer (Skills for Seeing): Macular Society 

Reviewer of Books/Information: Macmillan Cancer Support 

Fundraiser: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Embroidery/Art Groups Facilitator, Board Member

Website Manager: The Strathcarron Project, Coordinator (Delaware & Tennessee) Human Writes


Excerpt from the Course

Careers Counselling – This is a mainly verbal process, where the counsellor and client are in a collaborative and dynamic relationship, focussing on identifying and acting on the goals of the client.  The counsellor uses their repertoire of techniques and processes, to help the client come to an understanding of the options available.  

Career – This is the interaction of work roles and the other life roles the person has over their life span. This includes paid and unpaid work. People create career patterns as they make decisions about education, work, family and other life roles. 

Careers Counselling involves more than just finding work for people. 

Among other things, Careers Counselling may involve helping people:
•    identify the best job for their skills and interests
•    find any job to meet their personal and financial needs
•    find a better or more appropriate job for their situation
•    achieve job satisfaction through appropriate choices 
•    plan and cope with career changes
•    better adapt to the workplace
•    improve their potential for advancement in the workplace
•    identify new career possibilities when circumstances change.

To be able to assist a client in each or any of these processes, a Careers Counsellor must be aware of:
•    the diverse nature of employment opportunities
•    the requirements for success in different types of jobs
•    reasons that people hire and fire employees
•    workplace conditions including contract law, industrial relations systems, health and safety issues, ethics  - useful contacts among employers, government departments, funding bodies, professional associations, industry experts, etc
•    factors that hinder or promote a person’s job-seeking effectiveness
•    trends in the local job market.

A good Careers Counsellor must be impartial and objective.

Employment generally falls into three broad categories:
1.    Self Employment (e.g. Running your own business)
2.    Contract Employment (e.g. Working for someone else as a contractor)
3.    Employee (Working for one or more others as an employee).

The differences between contractor, businessperson and employee may vary from country to country, and even within a country. Differences can even vary over time (e.g. A contractor today has different rights and obligations than they did in the past, under some legal systems).

The nature and conditions of employment can also vary from one industry or discipline, to another. A Careers Counsellor needs to stay up to date with changes, and needs to be well aware of the current situation in any jurisdiction where they operate.

If you are not aware of these definitions and rules within your location, it would be useful to find out about them as soon as possible.

Services Offered in the Employment Industry
General Employment Agencies - These agencies collate information on individuals and match those individuals up with appropriate jobs.

Specialist Agents (e.g. Theatrical Agent, Writers Agent, I.T. Agent) - These individuals are well connected and very knowledgeable about a particular industry. Therefore, they can provide specialised guidance to job seekers in that industry.  

Resume Writers – These individuals prepare professional-looking resumes for job-seekers either as part of a career support program or for a fee. It is important to note that different resume writers prepare different styles of resume.

School Careers Counsellor – Ideally, these are counsellors trained to provide job-seeking assistance and career counselling to young people before they leave school. In reality, many are simply teachers who have agreed to take on this role.

Job Advertisers – Professional or government job advertisers promote existing positions, sometimes for a fee to the employer. Some advertisers will also charge job-seekers a fee, to be paid after employment commences.  

Private Careers Counsellors – These trained counsellors provide individualised counselling and career guidance to clients who pay fees as agreed upon. Workers in this area may be counsellors who specialise in career counselling, or may counsel exclusively in the employment area.

Business Consultant – Any person with business experience and skills may offer a consulting service that is particularly aimed at people wishing to begin small businesses, or to improve or expand existing businesses.

Assumptions Underlying the Practice of Careers Counselling
Careers counselling has a number of underlying assumptions, which should be considered when supporting clients – 

•    People have the ability and opportunity to make careers choices within their lives. The amount of freedom of choice will depend on their economic, social and cultural context.
•    Individuals are presented with careers choices throughout their lives.
•    Opportunities should be available to people regardless of their disability, sexual orientation, age, cultural background, gender or religion.
•    People will have a wide range of work roles during their lives. These include paid and unpaid work.
•    Careers counsellors support people to explore, pursue and attain their career goals.
•    Careers counselling has four main elements – 
o    Helping individuals gain a greater self-awareness in areas of interests, values, personality style and abilities.
o    Connecting students to resources so they can become knowledgeable about jobs and occupations.
o    Engaging students in the decision making process, so they choose a career path well-suited to their individual needs, abilities, values and personality.
o    Assisting individuals to be active managers of their career path – such as career transitions, balancing life roles, as well as becoming life long learners to develop over their career.
•    Individuals will enter particular occupations according to personal preferences, interests, external influences etc.
•    Career decision making happens throughout a person’s life. It is an ongoing process. It doesn’t happen only once.
•    All forms of work are valuable and all contribute to the well-being of society. 

In number 7 above, it states that individuals will enter their occupation depending on certain factors.  Write down a list of things that you consider will affect a person’s career choice.

You may have considered any of the following – 

Financial Factors 
Can I afford to go to college to train?
Can I afford to go to university to train?
Can my parents afford to send me to private school?
Did I have a good education?
Do I need to start work as soon as I finish full-time education?
Can I do a part-time course while working?
Can I afford to do a part-time course while working?

Family Factors
Are my parents encouraging me to choose a certain career?
Were my parents in a certain career and I’m expected to follow the family “tradition”?
Do my parents disapprove of certain careers?
Do I have a family of my own?
Do I have young children so need to consider working or staying at home with them?
If I work, what about childcare?
Can I afford childcare to enable me to work?
Can I take a career gap?
Will this affect my ability to return to my career?
Do I want to return to the same career?
Do I need to earn more money to support my growing family?
Do I need promotion to support my family?
Can I spend more time at work to get the promotion?
Work/home life balance?

Do I have the qualifications to get onto the training course?
Do I have the skills, personality and ability to do the training required?
Is the training a long-term consideration or a short course?

This is only a very brief list of questions a person might consider when thinking about their career choice.  All of these should be considered.  A careers counsellor will need to ensure that they are aware of all the factors affecting a person’s career choice.  You have probably thought of many more.

In number 8, it states that career decision making happens throughout a person’s life. It is an ongoing process.  Think of yourself someone you know and develop a flow chart of their career.  



Getting Work In A Modern World

by the Staff of ACS Distance Learning

Getting Work In a Modern World eBook course online. A realistic guide to getting a job or starting out in business.This is a must read; for students, parents, the unemployed, careers advisors or anyone interested in changing or forging a sustainable career.

This is a must read; for students, parents, the unemployed, careers advisors or anyone interested in changing or forging a sustainable career.
In the past, careers were simple. If you went to school and did the right training, you could be pretty certain of finding secure work, and earning a decent living.
Careers are no longer simple!
The world is in transition, and the changes occurring today are no less significant than those of the industrial revolution or reformation.
There are two ways to react to change; either to become unsettled, or to see the opportunities it offers.


This book is all about recognising the changes in todays world and discovering a career path, remaining flexible in your approach to work and building an advantage over your competition in the workplace.
We are living in exciting times; and opportunities do abound for employment; but success depends upon a wholistic approach. Learning is still important, but qualifications might not necessarily be as important as you think. Learning must be coupled with other things like communication and technical skills, attitude, networking and experience.

Studying remains an important piece of the puzzle if you seek a successful career; but without the other pieces of the puzzle, it may simply leave you stranded in unemployment queues.
168 pages
Full colour
Lots of job profiles
An emphasis on hor to adapt to change

Part 1   Choosing a Job: Planning a Career

1. Career Myths
2. Finding Your Path
3. Understanding Employers
4. Preparing for a Job
5. Jobs to Consider: Looking to the Future

Part 2  Career Profiles

6. Information Technology
7. Business, Management and Sales
8. Health and Wellbeing
9. Horticulture
10. Wildlife and Environmental
11. Animal Care
12. Agriculture
13. Hospitality and Tourism
14. Media
15. Education


Course Info
Course Hours100 hours.
Recognised Issuing BodyTQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.
Course PrerequisiteNo, start at anytime
Course QualificationLevel 4 Certificate in Careers Counselling
Exam Required?Finalised with exam/test
UK Course Credits10 Credits
US Course Credit Hours3 Credit Hours
Study SupportYou'll be allocated your own personal tutor/mentor who will support and mentor you throughout your whole course. Our tutors/mentors have been specifically chosen for their business expertise, qualifications and must be active within their industry. Tutors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through our Moodle Student Support Zone online. Tutors are there to provide assistance with course material, discuss, explain and give advice and support throughout the whole programme. Their feedback is vital to your success.



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