European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network Database, ELGPN Database



Career education


Programmes and activities of learning to help people to develop the skills necessary to manage their career and life pathway. These include accessing and making effective use of career information and guidance.


Other definitions include:
• The systematic cooperation of educational institutions, parents and society in assisting young people and adults to acquire knowledge and skills that will enable them to make rational vocational decisions (Career Guidance and Counselling Glossary).
• The development of knowledge, skills and attitudes through a planned programme of learning experiences in education and training settings which will assist students to make informed decisions about their study and/or work options and enable effective participation in working life (Australian Ministerial Council for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, 1998).


Institute of Career Guidance: Careers Education Committee. Available from Internet:

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