European Research Agenda for Career Guidance and Counselling

  • Peter C. WeberEmail author
  • Johannes Katsarov
  • Valérie Cohen-Scali
  • Rachel Mulvey
  • Laura Nota
  • Jérôme Rossier
  • Rie Thomsen


In a changing world, there is a need to reflect about the research basis of career guidance and counselling (CGC) as a professional practice, considering the contributions of various disciplines and research traditions. This paper outlines a possible European research agenda (ERA) to further enhance the knowledge foundation of the CGC practice. The proposed lines of research, which are pronounced in the ERA, are based on a literature review involving 45 researchers concerned with the CGC practice. At three events, approximately 150 researchers from across Europe were engaged in the discussion, what kind of research is needed to enhance the knowledge foundation of the CGC practice. The paper provides a systematic overview of the relevant research fields, and links key research questions to current research endeavours. Due to the necessary involvement of diverse types of practitioners, policy makers, and researchers from different disciplines to share the CGC practice and contribute to the development of its knowledge basis, the paper calls for open, cooperative and integrative research approaches, including the combination of different research paradigms and methods.


Research agenda career guidance career counselling literature review career profession career practice 



We thank the numerous members of the ESVDC and NICE communities, the participants of the ECADOC summer schools in Padua and Paris, as well as the participants of the NICE summit in Canterbury, for their engagement in identifying and defining the perspectives presented in this European research agenda. We acknowledge that this document has not covered all research perspectives and questions which are relevant for our field. We thank the reviewers for their critical questions and ideas and all commentators in advance for their feedback and suggestions, and look forward to revising this document in the future.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter C. Weber
    • 1
    Email author
  • Johannes Katsarov
    • 2
  • Valérie Cohen-Scali
    • 3
  • Rachel Mulvey
    • 4
  • Laura Nota
    • 5
  • Jérôme Rossier
    • 6
  • Rie Thomsen
    • 7
  1. 1.University of Applied Labour StudiesMannheimGermany
  2. 2.Ethics Research Institute, University of ZurichZürichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Institut National d’Étude du Travail et d’Orientation Professionnelle, CNAMParisFrance
  4. 4.Warwick Institute for Employment Research, Warwick UniversityCoventryUK
  5. 5.Departments of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology, University of PadovaPadovaItaly
  6. 6.Institute of Psychology, University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  7. 7.Danish School of Education, Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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