From Career Choice to Career Learning

Taster Programs and Students’ Meaning-Making Processes

In: Career and Career Guidance in the Nordic Countries


The Nordic countries have a tradition of experience-based career guidance activities. One such activity is taster programmes, which, to varying degrees, allow young people in all the Nordic countries to experience different educational and career paths. The chapter explores the participation of lower secondary students in taster programmes and their meaning-making processes in relation to the programmes. We argue that there is a need to shift the focus of taster programme activities, as well as of school-based career guidance in general, from the students’ educational choices to supporting young people’s learning about education and career.