Career Information Advice and Guidance

Career Information, Advice and Guidance

Everyone deserves a fulfilling and successful career, but sometimes navigating the ever-changing job market or figuring out just what it is that you want to do in life can be overwhelming. That’s where our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) comes in!

Our dedicated team of careers and progression advisors are committed to offering you free, impartial advice that will help you to identify career options and supports you to make decisions which are realistic and achievable.

We are also home to Make It Happen – a programme of courses and workshops that are designed to prepare you for the world of employment.

Our Career Information, Advice and Guidance service is available to all adults, regardless of age, race, disability, gender and social background, who are: 

  • Thinking about returning to learning with Manchester Adult Education
  • Already on a course with Manchester Adult Education
  • Planning to progress from Manchester Adult Education to further learning and work

Meet our Careers and Progression Advisors

Meet Sarah and Steve – our Careers and Progression Advisors! They’re here to help guide you towards the right path.

With their knowledge of the local labour market and expertise, they can provide advice and guidance tailored to you through a Careers Conversation about what you need to do next in your career and what we can do at Manchester Adult Education (MAES) to help you progress and achieve your career goals.

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What is a Careers Conversation?

A careers conversation is a one-to-one personal guidance interview that will be held with our experienced and qualified Careers and Progression Advisors Sarah and Steve.

Throughout the appointment, they’ll help you to start thinking about your future. You’ll explore ideas and options that guide you to make educational, training and occupational decisions, widen and raise your aspirations, receive up to date, relevant local labour market information and gain impartial/unbiased information and advice about your options and where to find further information.

All Careers Conversations are conducted to MATRIX quality standards. We are also a member of the Career Development Institute (CDI), and we work to the CDI’s Code of Ethics.

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Make It Happen

Make It Happen is our programme of employment focused courses and workshops delivered by the MAES Preparation for Work team. The courses and workshops are designed to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge for today’s competitive job market, give you a competitive edge and boost your employability.

Benefits of participating in a Make It Happen course include:

  • Gain invaluable insights into industry-specific requirements and expectations with our ‘Working in…’ two-day sector specific courses.
  • Support with your CV and job applications.
  • The opportunity to network with local businesses and employers at our Make It Happen Introductions.
  • Develop strong interview skills which will give you the confidence to showcase your abilities to potential employers.
  • Find out about the latest recruitment events across Manchester.

And so much more.

Other Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

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Ambition Manchester

If you’re a Manchester resident in paid work, Ambition Manchester is a bespoke service that provides intensive support to help you increase your earning and/or progress into ‘better’ paid work.

When you sign up to Ambition Manchester, you can expect a tailored plan, personalised guidance, help with job applications, coaching and access to free training.

To access, complete this form Ambition Manchester – Sign up form or email the team at

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National Careers Service

Did you know that you can also get free, impartial advice and guidance from the National Careers Service? Their service is available to anyone aged 13+ no matter what stage of the careers journey you’re at.

Their website is full of information and resources including what career options are out there, what training and qualifications you will need for specific jobs and ways to update your skills so that you can do your job more effectively.

You can also take skills assessments to find out what you’re good at and read careers advice articles for help on how to make good career decisions.