How do you end up working in careers?

This is an interesting icould story talking about how you can end up working in the careers field.

In this film Christine talks about her struggle with different jobs and how she moved into being an employment mentor.

It would be interesting to investigate people’s pathways and motivations in this field a bit more.

Anyone interested in telling their story on this blog?


  1. I am happy to tell my story. I moved from working 26 years in Financial Services as a Chartered Insurer and Training Manager to becoming an HE Careers Adviser. Happy to share the steps I took.

  2. Sounds interesting. Why don’t you email me. Perhaps we can start a little series of blog posts on “How I became a careers adviser”

  3. While I was reading English Literature at University I decided I wanted to become an HE lecturer and pursued postgraduate study accordingly, eventually gaining a PhD. That is not to say I didn’t consider other career ideas – academia is incredibly competitive after all and the University careers service warned me about this. Other careers I looked at included information management and – funnily enough – careers advice.

    By the end off my PhD I had had enough of research however and was not overly enamoured by some aspects of the world of academia – the pressure, the lack of jobs, the competitiveness, etc. So, under the delusion that my options were limited given that I had spent 9 years studying English literature I decided to do a PGCE – after all, surely teaching was the only obvious alternative if I didn’t want to lecture?

    The PGCE was even more demanding than my PHD had been and developed me as a professional, but the final placement was very tough and I knew half way through that I could not sustain this as a career. 8 months working in the civil service was deeply unsatisfying and eventually I applied for some jobs in my local Connexions service. My application was successful; that was 6 years ago and now I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

    As a result of my experiences I have come to favour planned happenstance as one of the main theories that inform my practice as I have learned first hand how to make the most of unforeseen opportunities.

  4. I can definitely relate to Christine’s story. I come from more of a journalism and marketing/communications background and recently made a career switch to pursue career coaching and advising. I’m always interested in hearing how others moved into this field as well since career professionals have such varied backgrounds.

  5. I came to a careers related role through a passion for voluntary work. Universities were recruiting project leaders for the Higher Education Active Communities Fund and I had a lot of experience in running volunteering programmes – though none of it was paid work. At the time I was dissatisfied with a stressful role in change management in a large company so it was a good time to change my path.
    The role grew to include a lot of experiential learning and accrediation of students’ voluntary work so the focus on employability and careers was clear.The jobs I’ve had since that first role have helped me to build my understanding of experiential learning and career development in different ways. In my current role I help students who are struggling and those who are suceeding and career development comes into both of those conversations.

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