Before you gain experience as an adviser, you could do reception or admin work for a counselling or advice service.

This will give you contact with clients, without having to advise or counsel them. Alternatively, you could work on an information desk. There are also telephone advice services working from call centres. Voluntary work is a good way to gain experience.

Example jobs

Things you need to know

Typical working conditions

  • You will usually work indoors.
  • You will have contact with members of the public, who may be upset or distressed.
  • Voluntary work will be unpaid (organisations usually offer travel expenses and refreshments) and is usually part-time.

Career path

You could move on to train as an adviser, either paid or voluntary. Many people train and work as volunteers before being able to find paid work. You can do this part-time, to fit round paid work elsewhere. You could specialise in working with a particular issue or client group. You could move on to work in a different organisation to widen your experience.

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