Career Development

 

Career Development

Career development is at the core of everything we do. The Group is involved in almost every aspect of career development – training Career Development Practitioners, integrating career development into organizational systems, conducting research on career development practices, and more. Several of our team members have won national and/or provincial awards for innovation and leadership in career development. Click below for more information:

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Career Development Sessions for Employees

We offer a range of workshops for employees who wish to better manage their career paths or professional development. All workshops are tailored to meet the needs of the contracting organization and the employees themselves – we have no “canned” workshops. Sample topic areas include:CCT

  • Managing Up and Around (a one-day workshop on managing one’s work environment, manager and colleagues)
  • Charting Your Course (a one-day or two-day workshop to orient employees to think strategically about their own career development)
  • Proposal Writing (a half-day workshop on the effective development of proposals and/or business cases)
  • Professional Development (a one-day workshop on managing one’s own learning)

Career Development Practitioner Training

The Group offers everything from an internationally certified Career Development Competency Program (recognized by both the International Association of Vocational and Educational Guidance (IAVEG) and Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) certification) to specialized in-service courses/webinars for career development practitioners. All courses are aligned with Canada’s Standards & Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners.

All programs and courses are tailored to the needs of the contracting organization; no two programs are exactly alike. Sample courses include:

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  • Introduction to Counselling
  • Foundations of Assessment
  • Career Counselling
  • The Nature of Work
  • Work Search Strategies
  • Creating Self-Portraits
  • Consulting in Career Development
  • Career Development in Organizations
  • Using Tests and Tools
  • Facilitating Group and Individual Learning
  • Using Labour Market Information

The Group is delivering or has delivered career development practitioner programs and courses to:

  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
  • Alberta Education
  • Alberta Human Services (formerly Alberta Employment & Immigration)
  • Athabasca University
  • Aurora College
  • Department of National Defence (Canada)
  • Langley College
  • Public Service Commission of Canada

For a more detailed look at course offerings, click here.

Research Services

We are inherently curious about anything and everything to do with career development. We do primary, secondary and appCCDFlied research in areas such as:

  • career counselling practice
  • labour market conditions
  • career pathways
  • organizational needs
  • career education in public school systems

Our work ranges from literature reviews to full-blown pan-Canadian research studies with partners such as:

Consulting in Career Development

Employees’ careers are developing whether or not their organizations are helping them. We are firm believers in infusing career development into workplaces rather than “bolting on” services as an organizational accessory. Work itself is a career development intervention when structured appropriately.

Call or e-mail to learn more about our approaching to integrating career development into organizational systems and processes.

Product Development

We have developed a host of career development products over the years. The following examples illustrate recent web-based resources:

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  • Blueprint for Life/Work Designs [link to http://www.blueprint4life.ca/blueprint/home.cfm/lang/1]: Developed for and with the National Life/Work Centre, this work maps out career development competencies needed by all Canadians at all levels of development
  • CAREERinsite [link to http://careerinsite.alberta.ca/careerinsite.aspx]: Alberta commissioned the group to create this interactive career development planning tool now used by hundreds of thousands of Albertans
  • Saskatchewan Career Development Website (in process). We are helping Saskatchewan create a comprehensive career development website to serve the entire province