GUIDANCE IN FOCUS BY VARNA MARIANNE NIELSEN, STUDENT COUNCELLOR VMNI@UNI.GL T HE ADVISORY SERVICES AT ILISIMATUSARFIK ARE UNDERGOING DEVELOPMENT IN CLOSE collaboration with our students. Basically, guidance is about being supported in making a decision on one’s education, business or career. It can be in collaboration with the individual student or students as a collective. In Greenland, however, counselling is still a trade and profession in development. In many educational institutions, advice services are performed as a function involving conversations with the students – who may be going through hard times and need someone to talk to, who have not met the requirements for attendance or who have not chosen the right programme for them and wish to discontinue. Of course, these tasks are also a big part of the counsellor’s work – but they are by no means comprehensive. There are also all the other students who are right on track, but who may be in need of professional advice about their further opportunities. Furthermore, there are all the many applicants who wish to continue their studies after vocational college/sixth form college, but who have not talked to a student counsellor about their choices before applying. Counselling has a huge untapped potential in Greenland, which could also help to reduce the large drop-out rate. However, this requires greater cooperation and joint efforts. At Ilisimatusarfik, we have therefore chosen to start from scratch and build our advisory services so that we can implement our counselling efforts where the needs are – and in relation to what is statutory by law regarding guidance in Greenland. 24 Shaping the Arctic

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