No client who seeks guidance comes as an isolated unit, capable of making the most logically ‘correct’ career decision in a vacuum. Everyone comes with a complex of personal circumstances which will have a bearing on how their career pattern will develop. Sometimes these personal circumstances act as powerful motivators to individuals to aspire to achieve large ambitions, but sometimes they act as pressures which the client feels as a burden or as a distortion from her preferred route through life. It is the careers adviser’s role to get a sense of the wider picture against which the career decisions are being made. Sometimes all the significant issues may be so closely intertwined in the client’s mind that any consideration of her career needs will inevitably touch upon a whole set of surrounding circumstances.