Career Consultant Kaitohutohu Umanga

Career consultants help clients with career decision-making and development, job hunting, and returning to work after illness or accident. 

Membership of an organisation such as Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ) or Careers and Transition Education Association (Aotearoa) (CATE) is recommended.

Career consultants may do some or all of the following:

  • help people make choices about education, training and work
  • help people use career planning tools and resources and labour market information, identify skills and career values, and develop goals and action plans
  • assist people to develop a curriculum vitae (CV) and advise them on interview and job search techniques
  • arrange work experience and job placements
  • develop and run training programmes and workshops on career development 
  • provide in-house coaching for people on career development.

Career consultants may also:

  • work as part of a team assisting people to return to work after accident or illness (vocational rehabilitation)
  • become accredited to administer psychometric and other assessment tools and interpret results.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for career consultants includes:

  • teaching
  • social work
  • an employment-related job, such as human resource management or recruitment
  • volunteer counselling work.

Personal Qualities

Career consultants need to be:

  • excellent communicators
  • able to relate to people from a range of cultures and backgrounds
  • non-judgemental and able to keep information private
  • positive, and able to appreciate people’s strengths
  • patient and persistent
  • good at research.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for career consultants includes:

  • teaching
  • social work
  • an employment-related job, such as human resource management or recruitment
  • volunteer counselling work.

Career Consultants can earn around $47K-$77K per year per year.

Career consultants may progress to set up their own career consultancy business or move into management.

Career consultants may specialise in:

  • vocational rehabilitation
  • life coaching.
Career Consultant

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