Many of us have been in academic and career crossroads in our life. It starts from early adolescence and ends when we’re… well, never! However, have we ever considered getting some support in order to make these transitions easier? This is, in fact, what Career Guidance is all about.
According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) “Career guidance refers to services and activities intended to assist individuals, of any age and at any point throughout their lives, to make educational, training and occupational choices and to manage their careers” (OECD, 2004, p.19). It helps individuals understand themselves better, especially their interests, abilities and qualifications. It also helps makes sense of diverse educational paths and the complex world of work. Career guidance furthermore consists of a wide range of services and is offered in diverse settings, according to the client’s needs.
References: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (2004), Career Guidance and Public Policy: Bridging the Gap, Paris.
Ann Julene Hili is a Career Guidance Practitioner with Willingness. She specializes in working with teens and young adults who are in their educational and career transitions. She can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit her profile on http://willingness.com.mt/team/ann-julene-hili/