Career Development Practitioners

What are Career Development Practitioners?

Career development practitioners provide services that help people manage their careers, make occupational and study decisions, plan career transitions and find career information.

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They may be called:

  • Career counsellors or advisors
  • Employment counsellors
  • Career management consultants
  • Career practitioners
  • Career coaches
  • Rehabilitation counsellors
  • Guidance officers
  • Work development officers
  • Employment support workers
  • Work experience coordinators
  • Job developers
  • Placement coordinators
  • Vocational rehabilitation workers.

Where do career development practitioners work?

Career development practitioners work in a range of settings including: schools, TAFEs, universities, business organisations, government agencies and private practice.

What do career development practitioners do?

Career development practitioners may work with individuals or small groups. Some of the services they provide include:

  • Career counselling and guidance
  • Career education
  • Job placement
  • Employment services
  • Recruitment
  • Career coaching
  • Training
  • Mentoring
  • Resume preparation
  • Career planning
  • Administering and interpreting vocational tests
  • Teaching job hunting strategies
  • Coordinating work experience or internships.

When looking for a career development practitioner you should ask about:

  • the way they work;
  • the assessment tools they use;
  • their qualifications and experience;
  • specialised skills and knowledge;
  • their costs;
  • how many sessions might be required;
  • if they are a registered professional with The Australian Centre for Career Education (ACCE) or;
  • if they are registered with the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA), which is the national peak industry body for career practitioners in Australia.

Either as a personal exercise, or in preparation for meeting with a career practitioner consider the following questions:

  • What is important to you?
  • What do you value?
  • What do you want outside of work?
  • What are your special talents and skills?
  • What type of work roles interest you?
  • Which employers and organisations need what?
  • Which employers and organisations need what you can offer?

Most practitioners charge a fee per session, however some use a sliding scale which means they offer lesser fees to people on lower incomes. Some also offer a 'package' with a number of sessions which may include a specific set of activities.

How do I locate a Career Practitioner?

You can locate a career practitioner by contacting the ACCE on 9810 6400 during business hours; or contact CICA at: http://www.cica.org.au