Careers information is information in any format (printed, audio/visual or electronic) which aims to help the user plan a route into their chosen career or provides labour market information which can help them in their choice of career.
Career information can be used as part of a careers education programme (usually in schools, colleges, universities or adult guidance), as a resource for careers advisers or for private research.
There are three main sources:
- government funded resources, for example the jobs4U website or learndirect;
- information produced in the private sector, ie newspaper or magazine columns, publications produced by commercial publishers (there are a number which specialise in careers information - see links);
- information which is generated by professional bodies or industry sectors promoting careers in their own field.
Quality can vary considerably and it is one of the aims of the CWA to seek to work with organisations to raise standards and particularly to raise awareness of the need for impartiality, accuracy and currency.