Guidance counselling should form a continuum from the beginning to the end of general upper secondary education. It should provide students with sufficient basic knowledge and skills for planning their general upper secondary and further studies and reflecting on the direction of their career. Guidance counselling should support students’ well-being, growth and development, offer material for increasing self-knowledge and self-regulation, and encourage students towards active citizenship.
During general upper secondary education, students receive
- personal guidance
- guidance in groups / guidance within a subject
- guidance in small groups and peer guidance.
These forms of guidance support students in identifying their interests and strengths, in career planning and in making choices and resolving problems. In personal one-to-one guidance counselling, students should have opportunities for discussing questions related to their general upper secondary studies, career planning, choices of further education, life situation and future. In small groups, students have opportunities to discuss issues that they can share with their peers and that are considered to be meaningful topics for group discussion.