This article uses the lens of career education, understood as a systematic attempt to
support pupils’ career development, to map and analyse activities described in the
Danish national legislation and curriculum for compulsory education. This mapping
reveals detailed descriptions of a plethora of interconnected activities spanning from
1st to 10th grade and involving collaboration with career guidance practitioners, upper
secondary schools, and employers. The activities identified through the mapping
are analysed focusing on the objectives of the activities, target groups, content,
responsibility, and organisation and discussed in light of various evaluations of the
identified activities as well as research findings. This reveals that despite a cohesive
structure (on paper) where each activity builds on outcomes from previous activities,
significant challenges exist concerning the provision, meaningfulness for pupils, and
expected outcomes of the activities. The metaphor of a house of cards is suggested
to capture the progressive structure, its instabilities, and challenges. Finally, the article
touches upon the possibilities of using career education as a uniting principle and
unifying objective for the plethora of activities in practice.
TidsskriftNordic Journal of Transitions, Careers and Guidance
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)15-30
StatusUdgivet - 2024


  • Uddannelse, professioner og erhverv
  • Danmark
  • career education
  • folkeskole
  • karrierelæring
  • karrierevejledning
  • kortlægning
  • uddannelsesvejledning


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