The International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance provides global leadership in and advocates for guidance by promoting ethical, socially just, and best practices throughout the world so that educational and vocational guidance and counselling is available to all citizens from competent and qualified practitioners.
Aims of Guidance
The following principles constitute over-arching considerations related to the provision of guidance services.
1 Educational and vocational guidance, including career development, is a life-long process. Although historically most guidance services have been provided during the years of formal education or at the point of transition into training or employment, changing world conditions make it imperative that educational and vocational guidance services be provided throughout the life span, life-long and life-wide.
2 All people, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, belief, disability, or sexual orientation, are entitled to educational and vocational guidance services from a competent practitioner, irrespective of their employment status, occupation level, geographic remoteness, the mode of compensation they receive, or whether they participate within or outside the formal labour market.
3 Educational and vocational guidance services can be offered through a variety of agencies, including (but not restricted to) schools, colleges and universities, community agencies, government departments, public employment services, trade unions, and private enterprises.
4 Those who need guidance should receive it from competent practitioners. In addition to preservice professional training, in-service training, and continuing education are essential for professionals that seek to provided competent and up-to-date guidance services.
5 Guidance practitioners’ responsibilities to the client may not always be discharged fully by direct service to the individual. Therefore, practitioners have the right and duty to engage in advocacy with those who influence and control the range and number of opportunities available to clients.