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Career Guidance

As part of its contribution to the Mid-life Career Review project undertaken by NIACE (the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education) and supported by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, TAEN -The Age and Employment Network has revised and updated a suite of publications on information, advice and guidance for older age groups.

The Challenging Age research report was published in 2003. It identified the Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) needs of people aged 45+. It was based on the views of users of the career guidance service and frontline staff of provider agencies. Despite the changes that have taken place since then, many of this report's findings and recommendations have stood the test of time and merit consideration in 2014. They include insights into the aspirations and values of older workers and jobseekers, their guidance needs, learning preferences and how they wish to be treated.

The updated publications can be found on the TAEN website

They include:

A descriptive guide which provides the background to Challenging Age
A revised executive summary which includes a section on the current national context, including an update on demographic change, the older person in the labour market, changes to the legislation since 2003, and current barriers to employment and training.
An action guide for frontline workers providing information, advice and guidance to older age groups
An action guide for managers of current career advice and guidance organisations

Another publication: Career Guidance: Making a Difference includes a ten point action plan to ensure that career advice services meet the needs of older people.


This site is for help and information only. It is not meant as an authoritative guide. It is not meant as an authoritative statement of the law, and future changes in the law and other programmes and initiatives could make it less accurate at times. TAEN, the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund take no responsibility for your use of the information. You should always take professional advice on any specific legal or financial matter.