Career Development is about navigating your journey through learning and work. The word career is defined as a path or progress through life or history. Yet people often think about career as a or one occupation chosen for life. This just doesn t fit, either with the origins of the word or with the realities for the majority in the world of work today.
Navigating is about making the best choices you can on your journey so that you can live the kind of life you want for yourself.
Adapted from What is Career Development? (2014)
W ho can help me with my Career Development?
Career Development Practitioners have specific knowledge and expertise to assist you with your career development needs. In Alberta, and several other provinces in Canada, Career Development Practitioners may have achieved the Certified Career Development Professional (CCDP) designation. This voluntary designation is proof that a Career Development Practitioner has demonstrated they have the competencies outlined in the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners as well as a minimum level of education and experience related to the profession.
Career Development Practitioner is an umbrella term that refers to any direct service provider in the career development field. This includes but is not limited to: career practitioners, career educators, career information specialists, career management consultants, work development officers, employment support workers, work experience coordinators, job developers, placement coordinators, career coaches, and vocational rehabilitation workers. Although the term counsellor has historically been used with many job titles in the field (e.g., employment counsellors, rehabilitation counsellors, career counsellors), in recent years there has been increasing recognition that a career counsellor has a specific scope of practice (see the Career Counselling Specialization). Employers are encouraged to use titles without counselling in them for all employees and service providers who are not professional counsellors/therapists.
Career Counselling refers to an individual or group process which emphasizes self-awareness and understanding, and facilitates people to develop a satisfying and meaningful life/work direction. Career counselling is used to guide learning, work and transition decisions, as well as to manage responses to changing work and learning environments over the lifespan. Career Counsellors (i.e., those who provide Career Counselling services) have a unique scope of practice and specialized counselling competencies they are fully competent career development practitioners and also fully competent counsellors.
Source: Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (2012)
To locate an Alberta professional please refer to the Career and Employment Services Directory .