Occupational, educational and career guidance

Occupational guidance supports adolescents choosing their first profession and adults choosing a course of study and planning a career. The guidance concerns, among others, entering the working world, to continuing education and training, through to career reorientation. During lower secondary level, the pupils attend career guidance and vocational preparation classes, in which pupils are encouraged to think about their future, to analyse their career wishes and capabilities and, if necessary, to ask for support from information and guidance centres.

In accordance with the Federal Vocational and Professional Education and Training Act, the cantons provide occupational, educational and career guidance. Each canton operates corresponding centres for occupational, educational and career guidance. These guidance centres offer guidance, decision aids, information, documents and assessments. In addition, they operate vocational information centres with information about professions as well as initial or continuing education and training. The cantonal directors of occupational, educational and career guidance are members of the Swiss Conference of the Directors of Occupational and Educational Guidance, which addresses all issues regarding coordination of occupational, educational and career guidance in the cantons.


The Swiss Service Centre for Vocational Training, Study and Career Counselling (SDBB) has been established since 2007. It provides services in areas of responsibility that have been delegated to the cantons by the Federal Vocational and Professional Education and Training Act. These include, among others, the production of information material for occupational, educational and career guidance and the assurance of continuing education and training of specialists in the field of occupational, educational and career guidance.

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Last update of this page: 27.08.2018

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