European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network Database, ELGPN Database



Career guidance


A range of activities that enable citizens of any age, and at any point in their lives, to identify their capacities, competences and interests; to make meaningful educational, training and occupational decisions; and to manage their individual life paths in learning, work and other settings in which these capacities and competences are learned and/or used.


Career guidance is defined in the same way as lifelong guidance.
Guidance is provided in a range of settings: education, training, employment, community, and private.
Career or vocational guidance is often just called guidance by practitioners. Guidance is in fact an umbrella that encompasses counselling as well as activities such as informing, coaching, teaching, assessment and advocacy.
It is treated as a synonym of guidance and vocational guidance. Educational guidance, however, has been treated as a more specific term.


Council of the European Union, (2008). Council Resolution on better integrating lifelong guidance into lifelong learning strategies. Available from Internet:

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