About us

CRAC (the Careers Research & Advisory Centre) was established in 1964 as a registered charity with the remit to support the career-related learning of people of all ages. That mission is currently interpreted as the provision of research, expertise and innovation for all those who support career development, across all age ranges. We passionately believe that individuals have the ability to achieve their career goals if they are equipped with the skills and information to do so.

Our strategic aims are:

  • to support those who help people make career decisions with up to date knowledge of career pathway options and resultant decision making
  • to support employers in their understanding of national education and skills policies and their development of career-related learning programmes
  • to support career development for specific sectors, industries, age or educational groups.   

We achieve our aims by working in partnership with schools, colleges, universities, government agencies and other key national organisations, ensuring that the work we do impacts on as many individuals as possible, to achieve CRAC's vision of a world where people make career decisions wisely and develop their capabilities throughout their working lives.

Our work involves:

  • creating innovative career development resources and programmes for those in formal education, teachers, careers practitioners, graduates in employment and experienced managers
  • devising and conducting relevant research, and effectively disseminating findings
  • delivering training programmes on behalf of our clients ranging from one day events to week long residential activities
  • producing practical and thought-provoking conferences
  • writing, publishing and disseminating reports, training resources and publications.

CRAC is the UK's leading expert in the field of career development for postgraduate researchers and manages Vitae.

Vitae led the high impact UK capacity building programme funded by the UK research councils and funders (2008-15), pioneering world leading resources and expertise to build excellence in the UK research base through researcher development.

Vitae now provides membership and consultancy to over 200 organisations around the world to build their capacity in the global professional development of researchers.