Professional career counselors can support people with career-related challenges. Through their expertise in career development and labor markets, they can put a person's qualifications, experience, strengths and weakness in a broad perspective while also considering their desired salary, personal hobbies and interests, location, job market and educational possibilities. Through their counseling and teaching abilities, career counselors can additionally support people in gaining a better understanding of what really matters for them personally, how they can plan their professional autonomously, or help them in making tough decisions and getting through times of crisis. Finally, professional counselors are often capable of supporting their clients in finding suitable placements/ jobs, in working out conflicts with their employers, or finding the support of other helpful services. It is due to these various benefits of professional counseling that policy makers in many countries publicly fund guidance services. For example, the European Union understands professional guidance and counseling as an instrument to effectively combat social exclusion and increase citizens' employability.