The challenges facing careers advice are well documented. Andy Gardner looks at the main problems and considers how we might be able to provide all pupils with effective information, advice and guidance

It is a good job that most of us careers advisors are of an optimistic disposition. As a careers advisor working in partnership with teachers in schools for more than 30 years in the careers education and guidance space, the feedback at a national level can be dispiriting.

In the past few years, the profession has faced severe funding cuts with careers education being side-lined by government. However, in a changing world, underpinned by rapid change in the jobs market, our role offering one-to-one advice is needed more than ever.

The 21st century world of work is, after all, challenging and confusing enough for adults, let alone unworldly teenagers. Digital technology is advancing at such a rapid pace that many people in work are struggling to keep up.

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