Vacancy Details

6527 - Higher Education and Careers Advisor

Location: UAE - Dubai
Closing Date 30-Nov-2021
About the Role

We are looking for a dynamic, caring, organised individual to join our vibrant Academy and active Wellbeing team.

The Higher Education and Careers Advisor for students reports directly in to the School Principal and will work alongside one other counsellors within the Academy.

Job Purpose:

Working with students individually or in groups, career development professionals are required to:

  • help students identify educational requirements and develop training plans
  • facilitate and / or lead career management and career decision-making workshops
  • help students develop a better appreciation of their unique characteristics and how those characteristics relate to career choices
  • use various assessment tools to help students identify their interests, values, beliefs, lifestyle preferences, aptitudes and abilities, and relate them to the world of work and tertiary education
  • facilitate and/or lead workshops on, and assist students with, implementing effective employment search strategies, writing résumés, and developing career portfolios and interview skills
  • work co-operatively with local agencies, businesses and other organizations involved in providing career planning resources
  • work cooperatively with local and international universities and educational providers in utilising the various support programmes and opportunities they provide as part of an enrolment process
  • work with students who have disabilities, language and cultural differences, or other special needs that affect their employment prospects
  • provide current labour market information to help students make realistic occupational or employment decisions
  • market students to potential employers and help students find work experience placements
  • plan and implement career and employment-related programs
  • refer students to appropriate services to address their particular needs
  • perform related administrative tasks such as keeping records.
  • Collect and analyze data to guide program direction and delivery.


  • Professional Expectations

  • Embrace and encourage the ethos and standards of excellence as defined in the GEMS Core Values.
  • Ensure the GEMS policies, procedures, and codes of conduct are followed at all times.
  • Adhere to policies, procedures, and ethical standards of the school counselling profession.
  • Participate in regular professional development activities to improve knowledge and skills.
  • Initiate effort and energy beyond the typical work day, where the tasks require additional commitment.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on committees as required.
  • Perform other duties as requested by direct reporting line managers / supervisors.

About You

  •  A post-secondary education is required in a related discipline such as Psychology, Social Work or Human Resources Development.  Ideally the candidate will also have a certificate, diploma or degree in career development, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  •  Have an excellent level of English, both written and spoken.
  • Ideally have a minimum of 3 years counselling experience in a school setting.
  • Be up to date with all developments within the field of Counselling.
  • Have excellent knowledge and adaptable towards IT skills.


About Your Benefits

We offer a competitive salary to the right candidate, generous holiday allowance, medical insurance, visa if required, bi-annual flight allowance and other benefits.

About GEMS

Trusted for over 60 years and now a third generation education family, GEMS Education began in a single school room in Dubai. Today, we have the privilege of educating over 170,000 students from over 176 countries through GEMS owned and managed schools globally; over 270,000 students access resources through our services division.

About the School
GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis (WSO) is a distinctive and special place where children feel valued and imagination is very much alive. They encourage the various talents of their students in order to ensure that they all develop a confidence and independence that is recognised by everyone who meets them.
GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon OASIS opened in 2011 and is a Premium British School in a prestigious area of Dubai.
GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon OASIS provides a progression from the Early Years Foundation Stage through an enriched and developed National Curriculum for England into personalised qualification pathways, incorporating IGCSE, GCSE, IB, A’ Level and BTEC, WSO looks to cultivate a spirit of cooperation, tolerance and mutual respect whilst encouraging individual students to feel that their unique contribution is valued.
Offering world-class facilities, GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis places special emphasis on blended learning and the integration of technology into the curriculum, in keeping with the educational rationale of the Academy and the vision of the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority.
As children mature, they are able to scrutinize their academic progress and build a precise picture of each child’s potential; this allows them to reward a child’s hard work over a period of time and brings Early Years Foundation and more senior curricula much closer together, acknowledging that GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis is very much one Academy.
At GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon OASIS, the key objective is to equip students for the 21st Century and enable them develop a skill-set to succeed in an uncertain future.


About Application Process

If you meet the criteria and you are enthusiastic about the role, we would welcome your application.

To complete the application you would need the following document(s):

1. Resume/CV
2. Passport-size photograph

In line with the UAE's Emiratisation goals, GEMS welcomes and encourages applications from UAE nationals to join our fast-growing team.

Important Note : GEMS Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its students. Applicants will be required to submit a current police criminal clearance check or equivalent from their home country or current country of residence prior to appointment.