Job vacancy

Careers Adviser

Reference: PC0056


Permanent/Part Time

£22,000 to £27,381

Job Title: Career Advisor (Part time)

Salary: £24,520 to £30,500 (pro rata equivalent £21,000 to £27,375) Plus Valuable Benefits

Vacancy Type: Permanent/Part Time (Self-employed / Associate applications also welcomed)

Vacancy Locations: County Durham

An exciting opportunity has arisen to the join expanding Progress Careers Team. The ideal candidate must demonstrate a passion for careers guidance, be enthusiastic and have experience of working in an information, advice and guidance setting ideally with young people. 

About Us: 

Progress Careers is a part of The Progress Group. The group is made up of six business units, each of which aspires to innovate, influence, and inspire others through high-quality and purposeful education and training.  


To provide professional career guidance services, including personal guidance interviews, to improve young people’s skills, knowledge, and understanding of career planning and management. 

Progress Careers is an award-winning employer having just received the award for Most Supportive Employer 2023.  Its objective is to provide high-quality impartial and independent career information, advice, and guidance in a range of sectors. This center’s around students within the secondary school sector but also includes those at a later point in their career pathway. The aim is to provide the tools required to make informed choices about next progression moves, whilst supporting schools and multi-academy trusts (MATs) to meet their statutory requirements in relation to the Gatsby benchmarks. 

Specific Duties: 

  • To conduct client-focused, impartial, personal career guidance interviews, supporting students / clients to make informed, realistic career decisions. Delivered in 1:1 interviews and group sessions, advisers are expected to encourage clients to demonstrate self and opportunity awareness, raise aspirations, motivate, and generate ongoing career conversations. 
  • To work closely with the career leads within each educational setting and to generate and maintain client records electronically in support of personal guidance interviews, including the creation and distribution of a summary of guidance. 



  • Qualified (L6 or prepared to work towards). 
  • IT literate particularly around MS Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and capability with other technology platforms. 
  • Ability to work to tight timelines and able to produce high quality work whilst under pressure. 
  • Strong organisation skills with the ability to prioritise and manage several different work streams at once without close supervision. 
  • Confident with working across multiple educational settings. 
  • Confident with presenting to large group sizes. 
  • Proactive and innovative in approach, thinks ahead and anticipates and deals with issues without being prompted. 
  • Numerate with a strong attention to detail, sets high standards for own work. 
  • Good communication skills including written and verbal. 
  • Ability to build strong working relationships with senior members of staff within schools. 
  • Keen to learn and develop new skills and capabilities. 
  • Collaborative team player, supportive of colleagues and committed to the company mission. 
  • Ability to demonstrate awareness and compliance with GDPR legislation. 
  • Ability to represent Progress Careers in a professional manner at careers events. 


  • Ability to work flexibly – potential for occasional evening responsibilities. 
  • Experience of creating learning resources and lesson planning. 
  • Existing registration on the CDI Professional Register. 
  • Strong networks and awareness of provision within the relevant geographical territory. 
  • Experience of working within an educational and / or IAG setting. 

Here at Progress Group, we are passionate about developing our staff as well as our students. Throughout your time with us, you will be fully supported with a range of CPD, career progression and in house training, which includes paid qualifications. This goes alongside numerous other benefits such as a pension scheme and parental leave.

Elevate Your Work Experience with Our Outstanding Benefits Package!  

At Progress Careers, we believe in recognising and rewarding the exceptional contributions of our team members. Our benefits go beyond the ordinary, ensuring you thrive both personally and professionally. Here’s a glimpse of what we offer: 

 Recognition Awards: Be celebrated for your hard work! Our values-based Monthly, Quarterly, and Annual Recognition Awards honour your dedication and commitment to our shared success. 

 Referral Bonanza: Love where you work? Refer top talent to join our family and receive a fantastic £500 Referral Bonus! 

 Professional Growth: Invest in your future with our support for professional qualifications, especially for apprentices, and covered paid membership fees. 

 Financial Security: Rest easy with our Death in Service Insurance, providing four times your salary to your loved ones. 

 Family-Friendly Policies: Experience peace of mind with our Enhanced Maternity/Paternity Leave after a required length of service. 

 Exclusive Discounts: Indulge in the MiRewards benefits platform, offering enticing shopping discounts, fuel cards, and more! 

 Health and Wellness Support: Take care of yourself with access to Medicash, covering costs for eye tests, optical, dental, prescriptions, and holistic treatments, totaling an impressive £900 annually. 

 Commute in Style: Join our Cycle to Work Scheme and enjoy a healthier commute while saving on costs. 

Supportive Environment: Experience the power of our Enhanced Employee Assistance Programme, not just for you but also for your immediate family. 

Group Connection: Stay connected with our annual Group conference and an insightful review of our comprehensive benefits. 

Please check our candidate pack to learn more about what we offer:

We’re not just offering a job – we’re offering a holistic work experience that values you as an individual. Come be a part of our vibrant and supportive community! #WorkWithUs #BenefitsBeyondOrdinary #EmployeeWellbeing   

How to apply? 

Ready to be a part of our transformative educational journey? Submit your application by clicking APPLY. For further queries please email ‍  

Let’s redefine education together! #JoinOurTeam #EducationRevolution #Careeradvice #OperationsManagerWanted  

The Progress Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer.  

We are committed to safeguarding and protecting all children and young people by implementing robust safer recruitment practices. For details of our commitment to safer recruitment please visit The Progress School’s website.  

We will not be able to provide Visa sponsorship for this role.  




Application deadline: 7th August 2024.

Are you ready to change the lives of young people in Durham? Then apply today.

If you share our passion for supporting young people, then we’d love to hear from you. Apply via our group-wide jobs portal and we’ll be in touch to discuss your application.

If you have any questions about the job or the company, please contact our friendly team who will be happy to help.

We look forward to receiving your application.