Dr. Gudbjörg Vilhjálmsdóttir is a full professor in career guidance and counselling at the University of Iceland. She has been training counselors and been a program director at the university since 1991 and was head of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences from 2016 to 2018. From 2009 to 2015, dr. Vilhjálmsdóttir was the director of the Centre of Lifelong Guidance Expertise at the University of Iceland.
Dr. Vilhjálmsdóttir‘s research has evolved around the question of how people choose their life paths and how they can be assisted with career direction and career problems. She has written scientific articles and book-chapters on habitus and career, gender and career, career construction, narratives in career counselling, measures of career-adaptability, evaluation of career interventions, as well as writing the history of school and career counselling in Iceland. She also directed the first comparative research of guidance practices in the Nordic countries. Dr. Vilhjálmsdóttir is the author of a career education programme for adolescents and directed the development of the first web based career counselling program in Iceland.
Dr. Vilhjálmsdóttir is currently on the executive board of the European Society for Vocational Designing and Career Counseling (ESVDC) and was recently elected on the executive board of the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance.