To collect information on current career guidance strategies adopted by students in the target population, the Self-Guidance Questionnaire (Italian form) was administered to students in the Italian school Liceo Scientifico Statale Giordano Bruno. A total of 243 students participated in this survey, 155 females (63,8%) and 88 males (36,2%), aged between 16 and 20 years old.

Data showed that: (1) 90% of the students are planning to continue studying; (2) 97% of the students will choose his/her career; (3) 50% of the students consider the guidance activities “very important”, being that girls consider it more important than boys; (4) the information sources more consulted are internet, discussion with professionals, professors at school and family; (5) the skills more recognized by students are autonomy, teamwork, working toward objectives, and precision and attention to details, being that girls recognize more frequently precision and attention to details and initiative than boys; (6) the subjects in which participants are more skilled are Italian, languages, math, and scientific subjects, being that girls refer to be more skilled at Italian and languages, while boys refer to be more skilled at sports; (7) the areas that participants think they are going to work on the future are health, education and training, tourism and hotel, chemical pharmaceutical, and engineering, being that girls referred more frequently health, education and training, and tourism and hotel than boys, while boys referred more frequently engineering, scientific field, computer science, sales, and safety and security; (8) the most frequent jobs referred by students are teacher, doctor, engineer, nurse, psychologist and lawyer and 6,3% of the students referred they don’t know which job they will do.

Data also showed that 30,5% don’t have a character of inspiration and the most frequent considered characters are Elon Musk (engineer, industrial designer), Cristiano Ronaldo (professional footballer), Maria Montessori (physician and educator), Chiara Ferragni (fashion blogger, influencer, designer and entrepreneur), Albert Einstein (physician) and Rita Levi Montalcini (neurobiologist).