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Guidance and counselling in higher education


12.Educational support and guidance

12.6Guidance and counselling in higher education

Last update: 27 November 2023

Academic guidance

Guidance is provided both on a group and one to one basis. Mentoring sessions are provided to help learners to adjust to higher education demands. Among others these are aimed at helping student having difficulty with their academic output such as failing exams and repeating an academic year.

Guidance service is also offered to prospective students, mainly throughout the summer months while talks are delivered in secondary schools explaining about the different academic paths students can choose at supporting and guiding to students in various areas such as time management and study skills. 

Psychological counselling

Psychological counselling in higher education institutes is provided by qualified personnel and aims at providing psychological support for challenging situations encountered by students during their studies. 

Counselling at this level involves providing individual support, encouragement and understanding to learners to help them cope better, mostly with conflicting emotions. It is mostly growth-oriented and focuses on the way forward, and in helping students move positively towards their goals in life by developing appropriate action strategies and realistic plans.

Career guidance

Career guidance within the higher education institutes in Malta is also provided by personnel qualified in this area. In such institutions where students are actually training for the career pathway of their choice, career and educational guidance is also provided. Students are assisted to analyse and explore in depth all possible pathways and the qualifications required in order to reach their goal. They are supported in improving their soft skills and employability skills facilitating their education to employment transition. 

Guidance also involves contact with future employers as well as attendance to career seminars, and conventions in this regard. Various professionals provide talks to students in institutions at this level, as to discuss their profession in more detail. Higher secondary institutions also deliver information and promotional talks to Year 11 students in church, state and independent schools, about courses offered and to which careers they lead.