The scope of guidance is too wide. In the words of Crow and Crow, “Guidance touches every aspect of an individual’s personality- physical, mental, emotional and social. It is concerned with all aspects of an individual’s attitudes and behaviour patterns. It seeks to help the individual to integrate all of his activities in terms of his basic potentialities and environmental opportunities.”
Any needy person can be guided. This can include the persons of different age, different interests, various characteristics and persons of different nature. Hence, we cannot draw boundaries around the process of guidance.
The following factors are responsible for the expansion of the scope of guidance.
1. Complex nature of personality. Industrialisation brings with it a number of tensions such as adjustment with the job, with the place of work, with the physical and social environment, and also with the advancements of technology and modernisation. To cope with all these, guidance is essential. So the scope of guidance in the field of adjustment with almost all spheres of life has increased.
2. Complexity of Occupation. In the process of industrialisation, automation and cybernetics, many new occupations are coming up and a few old occupations are dying. In U.S.A., an average man changes seven occupation through his life. The trend is bound to effect as the process of development will need very complex sophisticated and complicated occupations for which higher educational background and intensive training will be necessary. This complexity is bound to increase the scope of guidance in so many ways.
3. Complexity of Training. For the new jobs, new type of training, new courses of studies, use of new types of machines and above all to prepare oneself for employment in the changing world are some of the problems which will have to be tackled in an effective way, with the help of guidance. The scope of guidance will be to put right man in the right job.
4. Increasing Areas. With the passing of time and complexity of circumstances, scholars like Brewer have prepared about 10 areas of guidance i.e., educational, vocational, religious, home relationship, citizenship, leisure time and recreation, personal well-being, right doing, cooperation and cultural action. The fact remain that more complex the society, more will be the need for guidance.
5. Migration. Because of industrialisation process, people move from one state to other states. In India, the states are quite different in their religion, culture, mode of living, dress, eating habits and marriages. When they move from one social set up to another one, the problem of adjustment becomes serious for which guidance is needed.
The similar types of adjustment problems are found when the people from one country migrate to another country for employment, education or training, for which guidance if required.
6. The Expansion of Education. The days are gone when only a few privileged were to be educated. Now, education has become asset for the nation and right placement of persons need a lot of guidance.
7. Areas of guidance. The Scope of guidance is classified into several areas where and individual needs guidance. These areas can be classified into educational guidance, vocational guidance, personal guidance, social guidance, avocational guidance and Health guidance.
Thus guidance is a continuous, complex, dynamic and comprehensive process. Guidance is concerned with educational, vocational and other problems along with personal problems. Guidance work can occur anywhere and can be provided even through magazines, books and correspondence.