A Guide for Improving Career Guidance Programs

Publication December 1999

A comprehensive developmental career guidance and counseling program helps students understand themselves, explore the career options available to them today and in the future, and make realistic academic and career plans and decisions. It also results in an increased interest in learning. The purpose of this guide is to assist those who want to develop or improve their career development programs by adapting the best practices from exemplars and other models and using standards suggested by national groups. Relevant information includes the guidance and counseling framework that the National Center for Research in Vocational Education uses for identifying exemplary programs, benefits of comprehensive programs, national standards and state models, and an in-service model for improving career guidance programs. Finally, resources to help in the improvement process such as pertinent legislation, exemplary programs, references, and worksheets are included.

Maddy-Bernstein, C., & Matias, Z. B. (1999, December). A guide for improving career guidance programs. Berkeley, CA: National Center for Research in Vocational Education.

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