Institutions and counselors in the field of guidance
Guidance for students and parents
Career guidance in Austrian schools is organised according to a three-level model: career education lessons are provided by careers teachers; individual advice is provided by student advisors; and both of these are supplemented by a School Psychology Service that can offer specialized assistance. These are supplemented by classroom teachers and a wide range of other individuals and agencies outside the school.
- School Psychology Service www.schulpsychologie.at (in German)
- Federal Ministry of Education www.bmb.gv.at/enfr/index.html
For newly arrived students and their parents the Federal Ministry of Education has issued the brochure "Welcome to the Austrian School" in several languages (Albanian, Arabic, Bulgarian, English, Farsi, French, Rumanian, Russian, Somali, Chechen and Turkish).
Career Guidance in Higher Education
- The six Psychological Counseling Services (www.studierendenberatung.at) support (prospective) students with the choice and start of their academic studies, coach them in their personal development and provide advice regarding academic and personal concerns.
- Career Service Centres in Austrian universities provide guidance as to choice of profession and serve as recruiting service providers for young students and graduates.
Guidance provided by the Public Employment Service
The Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS) is Austria’s leading provider of labour-market related services. Commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, the AMS assumes its role as an enterprise under public law in close cooperation with labour and employers’ organisations.
The Public Employment Service is structured into 1 federal, 9 regional and 99 local organisations. Regional branch offices offer self-service „Info Zones“ (career information centres (BIZ), „Service Zone“ (placement, claims and benefits) and “Counselling Zone” (for intensive guidance and assistance). (www.ams.at/english/14595.html)
Guidance at Adult Education Level
- erwachsenenbildung.at/addon/english_overview.php Website for adult teaching and learning
- www.bib-atlas.at Atlas of guidance in education and career (in German)
- www.bibwiki.at Bib-wiki, knowledge pool for guidance in Austria
- erwachsenenbildung.at/bildungsinfo/orientierung/bildungsberatung.php overview of institutions that offer free guidance throughout the country (in German)
- www.bildungsberatung-online.at offers online guidance and thereby allows for more flexibility in the guidance process (in German)