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Lifelong Guidance in Finland


Information and support for guidance professionals

Lifelong learning has become increasingly important as society is changing and evolving. Guidance related to lifelong learning helps individuals to identify their abilities, competence and interests in the different stages of their life. Guidance also supports them in making decisions on their education and career and in managing their life path. 

On this website, we have compiled information on guidance at different levels of education as well as information on other guidance services and guidance operators in Finland and across the world. Lifelong guidance is provided by information, guidance and counselling services in education, employment and the youth sector.
 

Guidance at different levels on education

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Guidance counselling in basic education

A key task of guidance counselling is to support the pupil’s growth and development. The guidance forms a continuum that extends throughout the pupil’s years in basic education to subsequent studies.

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Guidance counselling in upper secondary education

The purpose of guidance counselling is to support students in their studies during general upper secondary education and ensure that they acquire the knowledge and skills required for moving on to further studies and to the world of work.

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Guidance counselling in vocational education and training

Each VET student is entitled to the guidance they require during their studies.

Information, guidance and counselling services

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Information, guidance and counselling services

In Finland, information, guidance and counselling services are offered by several operators. In addition to public services, the third sector and private operators also offer guidance services. Also familiarise yourself with the international networks and organisations in the field of guidance.

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Internationalisation in guidance

Euroguidance provides training to support the increasingly international and multicultural guidance work, produces guidance material and tools and communicates information about topical matters in the field of guidance from Finland and across the world.

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Information on recognition of foreign qualifications

As Finland is becoming more and more international, guidance professionals increasingly need information about foreign education systems and the recognition of qualifications completed abroad.