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    (Original post by greenmang0)
    I ask because all the formal careers advice I've had has been outside of uni or college and has not been massively helpful. For example, careers advisors are into asking you to do a 'Skills Health Check'. When I did this it recommended I work in public transport, e.g. as a bus driver, which is an absurd suggestion... I'm so uncoordinated that I doubt I'll ever drive (probable dyspraxia), and I have significant issues with getting around. Plus I have no interest in transport and am bad with people. The careers advisor I saw seemed to think that the Skills Health Check is very accurate (that's what she said before she saw my results), but I found it rather demoralising. Careers advisors also seem to lack knowledge of professions and are more focused on getting you a 'job'. Is it totally different at uni, where the majority of people are, I assume, looking for more than just a 'job'? I've never talked to an advisor at college about career stuff and last time I tried to get an appointment the receptionist was like, 'If you're doing an Access course why do you want careers advice?!', which again was demoralising and imo bizarre... Are students on Access courses not allowed to think about their careers?!? Sorry this was probably unnecessarily rambly. I'd just like to know if it gets better or I can expect uni careers advisors to be unhelpful too.

    I believe it's a little bit of a hard question to answer because it depends on the university and the team they have there which determines how good they are.

    In my experience, they are good. They listened to me, my worries and concerns whilst at the same time listening to what I wanted in my future or what I was looking towards, e.g. what I want to do with my skills and what career I want. From there, they helped me to plan goals and set targets towards what I wanted to do and allowed me to understand what I needed to do. If that makes sense?

    Best thing to do is just try and approach them and see how it works for you!

    Best of luck

    The one at my uni aren't that great, they just told me to make my CV 2 pages and apply for volunteer work when I was asking how to get a job.. so i applied direct to places and got my job that way
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    (Original post by Jackieox)
    The one at my uni aren't that great, they just told me to make my CV 2 pages and apply for volunteer work when I was asking how to get a job.. so i applied direct to places and got my job that way
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