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Career choice


An individual’s career intention based on their personal aptitudes, abilities, aspirations and goals, tempered by the realities of the labour market and their personal circumstances.
The process through which an individual’s career intention is developed and realised.


A career choice need not be work-based: the definition is intended to reflect the broad nature of career choices.
The term is often used to describe the process of developing a career intention as well as the outcome of that process.


Career Guidance and Counselling Glossary. Result of Leonardo da Vinci programme project “Overcoming Intercultural and Linguistic Barriers in Continuously Accessible Vocational Guidance and Counselling” (project No LT/03/B/F/LA-171023). Available from Internet:

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