Career guidance can be used as an effective preventive measure to reduce early school leaving, as it can help students better understand the importance of education in their professional career and overall success in life, and as a result increase their motivation for learning. The method relies on self-understanding, knowledge and information related to different career paths and labour-market needs.
Career guidance helps students developing career management skills. This means an understanding about their interests, strengths and aspirations in the context of labour market needs, and an insight of how education can provide with the necessary knowledge and competences that ensure future success. Career guidance can include a variety of activities such as advising, assessing, giving feedback, mentoring, etc. All these activities help students to see their education and career in terms of a lifelong development. Informing students about available educational and professional options can help them develop high but realistic aspirations and plans about how to attain them.