this issue of DialogWeb deals with career and educational guidance. Both are needed in working life. People who wish to have their real competence validated usually do so because they want to further their career, to improve their chances in the job market, or to access education or training. And for this they need guidance. The second issue of DialogWeb contains articles about educational and career guidance in the Nordic countries. In Norway library employees take a keen interest in learning in the information society, and libraries have become pioneers in the field of guidance. In Denmark the biggest challenge is how to bring guidance into the workplace, for example through the telephone or IT. In Sweden the number of learning centres has increased dramatically, and validation of real competence is gaining ground in new areas. In Finland it is recognised that lifelong guidance supports lifelong learning. In Iceland a two-year project has been carried out exploring the possibilities offered by guidance at the workplace.
In today’s complex world with its endless possibilities and open roads, it is extremely important to be able to discuss your choices with someone who knows where each road leads to. A guidance councellor can help you to define your goals and wishes. A councellor can match your experience, personal characteristics and interests against your goals – and give you advice on how to reach these goals.
Sigrún Magnúsdóttir, translation Saara Kurkela
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” asked Alice
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the cat
“I don’t much care where,” said Alice
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the cat
(Lewis Carrol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, chapter VI)