What is the role of Career Development Practitioners?
The Canadian Council for Career Development has defined the role of Career Development Practitioners as follows:
"Career development professionals have specialized skills and training to help you with the lifelong process of managing your living, learning and earning. While career development professionals can assist in job search, their role can also be much broader – helping you to build the life you want to live."
What do Career Development Practitioners do?
Career Development Practitioners (CDPs) work with people of all ages to help them to manage their learning, work, leisure and transitions. The goal of career services is to help people to pursue learning and to find work which is personally meaningful and to learn how to manage transitions in today’s ever-evolving labour market.
CDPs provide direct services in the areas of:
Human resource development
Training in employment skills
Training in work-related areas
CDPs will also often work in related areas, such as Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition, employer services and life skills.
Career services may be found in many different places: school guidance centres, colleges/university career centres, community-based agencies, government service centres, outplacement organizations, workplaces, health centres and/or through private career service firms and independent practitioners.
In some provinces/territories, career development services are offered free of charge to the public across the lifespan; in other parts of Canada, free services are criterion-based (e.g. only accessible to someone who is unemployed).
More details about the role of Career Development Practitioners can be found on the 3CD website here.