Counselling and Career Development

About DCCD

The Unisa Directorate: Counselling and Career Development supports students before, during and after their Unisa studies. We provide career, academic and personal guidance and counselling to prospective and registered students in person, by telephone, e-mail, letter or fax or printed publications. The resources provided on our website and in print provide you with the opportunity to develop the skills that you need to manage your studies, your career and your life.

How can we support you?

We can support you with

  • planning and managing your career development
  • choosing a qualification that will prepare you for career opportunities
  • managing your studies at Unisa (learning skills for ODeL)
  • dealing with challenges that may affect your study progress
  • preparing for career opportunities (graduateness and employability skills)

We can refer you to appropriate departments in Unisa, or to external organisations for:

  • application enquiries (e.g. have I been admitted?)
  • registration enquiries
  • curriculum advice (e.g. how to plan your curriculum)
  • examination enquiries
  • student funding enquiries
  • if in the opinion of the counsellor, your needs will be best addressed by other service providers

Learn more about the DCCD and myths related to counselling

About Unisa Counselling and Career Development (MP3) Find out more about counselling & career development at Unisa, including what counselling is, the services offered and how to contact us.
Myths about counselling (MP3) There are a number of myths about counselling that deter students from seeking help. We talk about some of the myths about counselling and the role of counselling in supporting you during your studies and beyond. This interview was originally broadcast on Unisa Radio.

How do we provide our services to students?

  • E-guidance and counselling ( We provide an e-guidance and counselling service to prospective and current undergraduate and postgraduate students regarding career decisions, qualification and subject choices and orientation to studies at Unisa.
  • In-person: You can see a counsellor or academic literacies facilitator in person.
  • Workshops: Career- and academic-related workshops are offered at each centre. Contact the centre closest to you to find out about the programme.
  • Telephone: You can speak to a counsellor telephonically.
  • E-consultation ( Unisa’s Reading and Writing Services support the development of student reading and writing through online facilitation for students who are unable to attend individual consultations and workshops. Facilitators help writers develop effective strategies for academic reading and writing. This service is aimed at both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Students can send extracts of their writing (at a maximum of 10 pages) to The turn-around time for online assignment feedback is 10 working days. Please note that assignments are NOT edited. Rather, facilitators give students guidelines about how to improve their individual writing.
  • Online: Our website contains information about career, personal and academic issues. The aim is for you to be able to help yourself with the option of contacting us through e-mail, telephonically, by fax or letter or in person should you get stuck.

We have confidential discussions with students about their careers, academic, and personal development.

Who provides these services to students?

Counselling services are provided by

  • Psychologists
  • Student counsellors
  • Career development practitioners
  • Trainee career guidance practitioners

We adhere to the ethical rules of the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Your discussions with us are confidential. Academic development services are provided by facilitators with experience in their field of expertise (reading and writing, quantitative literacy and information literacy).

Last modified: 2019/03/12