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 career, educational and vocational guidance and counselling is
available to all citizens from competent and qualified practitioners.
1 Promote ethical, socially just and best practice career, educational and vocational guidance by :
providing a framework detailing the competencies expected of career,
educational and vocational guidance practitioners
defining guidelines for ethical practice
2 Advocate for career, educational and vocational guidance by :
developing strategic partnerships with members and relevant national and
promoting career, educational and vocational guidance with governments,
employers and relevant stakeholders.
3 Communicate with members and stakeholders by :
providing professional development to members through an annual conference
communicating with members through a regular newsletter
supporting the publication of an international professional journal that is accessible
publishing an annual communique (position paper) on a topic of relevance to the field
providing communication and resources to members through the IAEVG website
and monthly email.
What is career, educational and vocational guidance and
Career, educational and vocational guidance assists people with learning and work decisions
across the lifespan as well as conceptualising and understanding their work lives. Through the
world, educational and vocational guidance is known by many terms including career
development, career education, career counselling, career psychology, vocational psychology,
and career coaching. Educational and vocational guidance is conducted in a range of settings
including schools, universities, technical colleges, public employment services, business and
industry, private practices and online.
Principles related to the provision of career, educational and vocational
1 Career, educational and vocational guidance, including career development, is a life-long process. It is imperative that accessible and inclusive career, educational and vocational guidance services be provided throughout the life span, life-long and life-wide.
2 Access to career, educational and vocational guidance services from a competent and
appropriately trained practitioner is a right of all people, regardless of age, gender, race,
ethnicity, beliefs, disability, or sexual orientation, 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 Career, 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, business
organizations, trade unions, and private enterprises.
4 Those who need career, educational and vocational guidance should receive it from
competent and appropriately trained practitioners. In addition to preservice professional
training, in-service training and continuing professional development are essential for
professionals that seek to provide competent and up-to-date guidance services.
5 Career, educational and vocational guidance practitioners’ responsibilities to clients
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.
History of IAEVG
"The act of and presenting information about the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG) over its 60 years of existence has been a major undertaking by Bernhard Jenschke and I warmly thank him and congratulate him for his work which the Executive Committee has endorsed as an oficial IAEVG publication. In undertaking this task he has created something of value for us all."
Lester Oakes, former president of IAEVG (2009-2015)
co-opted non-executive and non-voting member of the Board of Directors
Dr. Gert van Brussel is affiliated with the Open University of the Netherlands. He has more than 40 year experience in the domain of career development in all kinds of roles: counsellor, consultant, entrepreneur, researcher, lecturer and presenter. He is author of professional and scientific articles and book chapters in the field of career development and entrepreneurship and member of the advisory board of LoopbaanVisie (CareerVision), the Dutch journal for career professionals. Gert is member of the Board of IAEVG since 2015 and a past president and Honorable Member of NOLOC, the Dutch association of career professionals.
Laurent Matte has been engaged for over 30 years in the field of career development, with clients and colleagues as well as in the media and political arenas. He has been career counselor, trainer, coach, project manager, union leader, volunteer, lecturer, service expert, institutional leader. Trained in Canada at Laval University (B.Ed. and L.Or.) and University of Sherbrooke (M.Ed.), he worked for public employment services and was President (2007-2016) of the regulatory college of guidance counsellors in Québec, Canada.
Lydia Deyrem have worked since 2002 as a counsellor and school psychologist, known as “Conseiller d’Orientation Psychologue” in France ; and then, since 2017 and with the new status of the profession, as a Psychologist of the Ministry of Education, specialized in educational and vocational guidance / counseling. She worked in different information and guidance centers (Centres d’Information et d’Orientation), in town or in rural areas, especially in areas with vulnerable populations.
Teruyuki is a professor at the Faculty of Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan. He specializes in comparative policy studies on career education. He has worked for some universities in Japan since 1993, except for the five years after he was appointed as a principal researcher at the National Institute for educational Policy Research of Japan in 2008. He concurrently served as the senior specialist for student guidance at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
Prof. Dr. Peter C. Weber. 2016-today. Professor for Career Guidance & Counselling at University of Applied Labour Studies Mannheim. 2004-2016 researcher and assistant professor at Heidelberg University. Studies in Education, Sociology and Economics in Bremen and Leiden. Teaching and research in Career Guidance/Counselling, e.g. Lifelong Guidance, Knowledge & Competence of Counsellors, Information in Counselling Processes, HRD and Career Counselling, Digitalization in the field of Guidance, Guidance service and -policy in Germany and Europe.
Jean-Jacques Ruppert studied psychology and educational sciences in Scotland, France and Poland. He was employed by the Luxembourg Ministry of Education, Children and Youth as an educational psychologist and career counsellor. He continues to lead the 'Applied Vocational Psychology and Policy Research Unit' (AVOPP), a scientific research institute and is also a lecturer at the University of Applied Labour Studies (HdBA) in Mannheim, Germany.
Soledad Romero-Rodríguez is a Professor at the University of Seville (Spain), PhD in Career Guidance and Master in Systemic Pedagogy. Her research interests are related to career guidance strategies and resources; innovation in Higher Education; counsellors training; qualitative research methods and social justice. She has coordinated and participated in research projects about career guidance in VET, career construction in vulnerability contexts and transitions in Higher Education. She has published career guidance resources and journal articles.
Dr Mary McMahon is an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Education at The University of Queensland. She researches and publishes on career development across the lifespan and narrative career counselling and is a developer and co-author of the Systems Theory Framework of Career Development. Mary is the Vice-President of the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA), the peak body for the career industry in Australia.
Ilze Astrīda Jansone, MS Ed., Qualification in Career Counselling, works at the State Education Development Agency of Latvia as the Euroguidance programme manager. Her work focuses on educational guidance with emphasis on learning mobility, guidance systems and policies, international peer learning, promotion of research, translation of guidelines, methods and tools.
Gudbjörg Vilhjálmsdóttir, Ph. D. is a full professor in career guidance and counselling at the School of Social Sciences, University of Iceland and current Head of Department of career guidance and counselling. Her research projects have evolved around career development of young people, what are the main social and psychological influences on careers and how can they be assisted in finding meaning in their careers. An ongoing research interest has been the evaluation of career education and counselling, both in Iceland and in the Nordic countries.
Gideon Arulmani, PhD., Director, The Promise Foundation, India, is a clinical psychologist interested in culture counselling and livelihood planning. His Cultural Preparation Process Model has informed career intervention designing in many developing countries and emerging economies. He is Founder - Trustee, Indian Association for Career and Livelihood Planning, Board Member, IAEVG, an International Fellow of Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research USA, Visiting Senior Lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church University UK, Visiting Professor, Martin Luther University, India and International Fellow, NICEC. He is an international development consultant to various multilateral agencies.
Gabriela Cabrera PhD in Education at the University of Barcelona, psychologist and counselor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Member of the Board of Directors of IAEVG since 2015. She has work into the educational guidance and implications of conceptual framework, counseling, training guidance practitioner, scholar transitions, educational civics and ethic; public policy, generic competencies and educational strategies for nonviolence. Publications: Orientación Educativa; Cuestionario de Exploración vocacional para secundaria; Formación Cívica y Ética; Cultura de la Legalidad.
Dr. Jane Goodman is Professor Emerita of Counseling at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, USA. She is a past president of the American Counseling Association, the National Career Development Association and The Counselors for Social Justice. She is the author of several books and many articles and book chapters, primarily in the area of transitions, supervision, and the career development of adults. She received the Eminent Career Award from NCDA and is a fellow of ACA and NCDA.
Jérôme Rossier is currently full professor of vocational and counseling psychology at the Institute of Psychology of the University of Lausanne and the editor of the International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance. He published more than 180 scientific articles and book chapters and co-edited in 2015 the Handbook of life design: From practice to theory and from theory to practice. He is currently member of the Psychological and educational sciences evaluation panel of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and of the Scientific advisory committee for VET research of the Swiss State secretariat for education, research and innovation (SERI).
Executive Committee 2019 - 2023
BRUSSEL Gert van
The IAEVG is recognized as a Non-Governmental Agency by :
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
United Nations International Project on Technical and Vocational Education
Organization for Economic and Community Development
International Labour Organization
Other Partner Organizations of IAEVG :
International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy
Euroguidance supports the competence development of the guidance community on the European dimension of lifelong guidance.