Career Guidance Specialist
Aya El-Horr El-Mir

About the job:

What you do

As a Career Guidance Specialist, you provide support to young adults who do not have a career plan after graduation, working specifically on career awareness. You may work in a variety of settings to guide young adults in making decisions about their work.


The tough stuff

As a Career Guidance Specialist, you may have to:

  • Handle emotionally-difficult conversations with young adults
  • Face cases of young adults with significant personal, social, or behavioral problems to overcome
  • Deal with stubborn young adults, who may totally refuse your advice
The cool stuff

As a Career Guidance Specialist, you will get to:

  • Be satisfied from helping young adults with their careers 
  • Choose from a wide range of places to work, such as educational institutions or private offices
Typical work hours
  • 40 hours per week
  • 9 months/year 

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Psychology
Best high school track(s)
  • Any Track
Personal qualities
  • Understanding what you hear
  • Expressing yourself verbally
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required
  • Bachelor's Degree in Psychology 
  • Master's Degree in Counseling or Career Services with coursework on Career Theories, Career Development and Counseling Theories   
  • Certifications are helpful - such as certification in the Strong Inventory Test or Resumé Writing
Helpful resources
Local universities
International universities

Video Description

Can you listen to other people without getting distracted? Can you help them organize their thoughts and feelings? By listening and following an organized process, Career Guidance Specialists help young adults plan out their futures. We interviewed LAU's Career Guidance Officer, Aya El-Mir, to find out what it's really like to work in this career.



Aya El-Horr El-Mir is a Senior Career Guidance Officer working at the Lebanese American University since 2004. She works with students and alumni to help them to find internship and job opportunities. Aya holds a Bachelor Science in Finance & Economics from the Lebanese American University (1999) and an MBA from West Virginia University, WV, USA (2001).