As a career development professional, you play a key role in explaining and guiding the career planning process. The career planning tools and information in this section can help you to work effectively with students or clients.
The Career Exploration section features profiles of more than 500 occupations and a number of B.C. industries. You’ll also find personal profiles of workers and articles on career planning.
The Labour Market section presents labour market information designed for career practitioners, young people and adult job seekers.
You’ll also find career development training materials on the Canadian Career Development Foundation website.
For career information on trades, see the Industry Training Authority’s ITA: YES 2 IT Program. It’s designed to increase awareness of trades among students in grades 6 to 9.
If you’re a teacher looking for information and resources to help students in career planning, you’ll find the Perspectives website useful. Its interactive design offers tools and resources to support classroom and individual student learning.
The Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development has created this comprehensive overview of B.C.’s public post-secondary institutions.
Use Human Resources Development Canada’s Employability Dimensions to help determine your clients’ self-sufficiency in career decision-making, skill enhancement, job search and more. You will also find a nine-step client assessment process, as well information on developing an action plan with your clients.
Also see Career Development: Employability Dimensions. This article contains two additional employability factors important to career practice.
Learn about the BC Certified Career Development Practitioner designation and how you can apply. You’ll find background information, frequently asked questions and a certification brochure.
Standards and guidelines
The Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners sets out the core competencies that career practitioners should possess. Competencies for six areas of specialization are also given. Make sure to consult the code of ethics for a practical guide to professional behaviour and practice.
Read the Career and Labour Market Information Service Delivery Guidelines from the Forum of Labour Market Ministers. They present guidelines designed to provide clients with access to current labour market information. Topics include funding, staffing, service delivery, determining target group needs and more.
If you are an administrator or practitioner use the Blueprint for Life/Work Designs to develop, implement, evaluate, redesign or enhance a career development program.