European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network Database, ELGPN Database



Learning outcomes of guidance


The set of knowledge, skills and/or competences an individual has acquired and/or is able to demonstrate after completion of a guidance activity or through participation in the guidance process.


The proposed definition is related specifically to a guidance context and has been adapted from the more general definition of learning outcomes.
Career guidance has been shown to lead to improved learning outcomes, such as greater access to, and participation in, learning and training, improved retention rates in education and training, greater education and training attainment and higher level skills, improved motivation and hence attainment in education and training (Careers Scotland 2007).
See separate definitions of ‘Economic and social outcomes’ and ‘Guidance outcomes’.


Based on Cedefop (2008b). Terminology of European education and training policy: a selection of 100 key terms. Luxembourg: Publications Office. Available from Internet:

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