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Career counsellor


Career counsellors assist people to explore, pursue and attain their career goals.


Career advisers/counsellors have normally received professional training and possess a recognised professional qualification.
Other definitions include:
• A professional trained in career guidance that is able to assist others to make rational career choices (Career Guidance and Counselling Glossary).
• A career counsellor provides counselling in educational, career and personal domains. A career counsellor assists individuals to achieve greater self-awareness, develop a life/work direction, increase understanding of learning and work opportunities and become self-directed in managing learning, work and transitions (Canada Career Information Partnership, 2006).
Synonym for career adviser and guidance counsellor.


UNESCO (2002). Handbook of Career Counselling. Available from Internet:

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