Pathfinder centres provide the following career and educational guidance services:
Career information provision; career counselling; speech therapy; psychological guidance; socio-pedagogical guidance; and special educational guidance.
Services are provided for groups and individually.
Career services in the education sector are provided within formal education and are divided into two:
- career information - an overview of different career and education opportunities
- career counselling – help in finding out most suitable individual career paths either in the school system or volunteering
Counselling for special educational needs (SEN) students in Estonia is divided between state and local governments. The main purpose of Pathfinder centres is to support local municipalities and specialists working in schools and kindergartens. Pathfinder centres may provide additional psychological or medical research and appoint a counselling committee to propose a learning curriculum for a student where the state-provided service did not yield the expected results.
The development of educational support services is coordinated by Pathfinder centres (i.e. developing new methodologies, developing e-services, providing information on best practices, etc.).
Pathfinder centres coordinate the promotion of guidance services and raising general awareness on educational and labour market information.