In Guidance the counsellor meets students to supply them with information and an opportunity to discuss themselves, their studies and their careers.
Guidance gives students a chance to learn about their own lives, about how to make decisions (e.g. about choice of school subjects and careers) and about other aspects of their time at school as well as their future. Homework and study is one area frequently dealt with in guidance.
Another important element is career development. Students are encouraged to examine many different occupations and are shown how to go about choosing their own careers in life. From third year on students are helped focus on career interests and options. Test instruments are used over 3-4 years to help in this process. Career Guidance is an essential activity if all the effort put into schooling is not to be misdirected. The practicalities of finding a job, attending interviews etc., are dealt with and students are made aware of the many sources of help and information open to them now and later. The Counsellor’s task is not that of finding jobs for the students but of giving them strategies of finding suitable work for themselves at any point of their lives.