Career-Ready Students: A Goal of Comprehensive School Counseling Programs


  • Parts of this article were taken from Developing & Managing Your School Guidance & Counseling Program (5th ed.), by N. C. Gysbers and P. Henderson, 2012, Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

concerning this article should be addressed to Norman C. Gysbers, Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri, 201 Student Success Center, Columbia, MO 65211 (e-mail:


This article opens with a rationale for and a definition of student career readiness. Next is a presentation of the qualities and attributes of career-ready students. Then discussion follows about what students need to become career ready. Following this is a presentation of how comprehensive school counseling programs help students become career ready, including discussion of the delivery system for school counseling programs that provide the activities and services that contribute to student career readiness. The article closes with the critical point that helping all students become career ready requires a whole school–community approach.