Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. What is best route to self-employment?On 27 May 2003 in Personnel Today I was made redundant at the end of March from a careers advisory role, whichI’d held for a year. Prior to this, I was in a general HR role for two-and-a-half years, becominga licentiate CIPD member, and this fixed-term role ended in November 2001. I am now considering either finishing my CIPD or continuing to seekemployment as a careers adviser, for which I will need my NVQ Careers Guidancequalification. Which of the two options would provide me with the opportunity to becomeself-employed, which is ultimately what I now want? Professor Bennison says: I can sympathise with you. I was made redundant at the end of my owngraduate traineeship because sales plummeted. It left me seriously questioningmy own career choice. My advice depends very much on which area of work you most wish to becomeself-employed in. On one hand, a career in HR management is indicated by yourconsideration of finishing your CIPD. On the other, you suggest you arethinking of capital-ising on the previous experience you gained as a careersadviser. There is no doubt that if you wish to follow the HR route, you cannot do betterthan completing the CIPD qualification for membership. The curriculum formembership includes not only subjects that are of direct importance to thepractice of HR management, but subjects that would be valuable to anyonesetting up a consultancy. The subjects covered will give you a good understanding of HR manage-mentsystems, procedures and philosophies, and equip you for a role as aself-employed consultant. Since many of the HR functions are currently being outsourced, I would thinkopportunities for a well-educated consultant will be forthcoming. I am concerned about your choice of the careers advisory role as aself-employed consultant, as I think the opportunities for work in this fieldare limited. I checked this out by searching the web under ‘nvq careersguidance’, which turned up many interesting sites. Among them was a papercalled Careers and Educational Guidance. I suggest you get a copy atwww.careers.stir.ac.uk/ByondClass/Guidance.html, as it contains lots of usefulinformation. This paper seems to indicate that the majority of careers advisers areemployed by educational establish-ments, local authorities and private firms,so opportunities for the self-employed may be limited.