Career Guidance in Norwegian Primary Education

Developing the Power of Dreams and the Power of Judgement

In: Career and Career Guidance in the Nordic Countries


This chapter presents the findings from an exploratory study of career guidance and career learning in primary schools in Norway. Most primary schools in Norway do not have strategies and policies for career guidance, and career learning is largely unknown as a concept. Nevertheless, they sometimes “unknowingly” engage in such activities. Many schools, in fact, implement several relevant initiatives to children’s career exploration as part of, or outside of, formal curricula/subjects. The challenge is to develop such unintentional career learning into intentional career learning. This does not have to be a radical change in schools. Primarily, it is a question of awareness of career learning and recognition that the same activity or subject can have two effects.