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Core Competencies for Career Practitioners – Employment Collaboration | CEC

February 2, 2017

Core Competencies for Career Practitioners

The foundation of career development practice is knowing your area of specialty, where it begins and how to  distinguish yourselves from other areas of practice.



Core Competencies are the skills, knowledge and attitudes common to all career development practitioners, regardless of their employment setting. In some work settings core competencies may be sufficient to deliver the range of services provided. Other work settings may require service providers with competency in one or more of the specialty areas. In a setting offering comprehensive career development services, each staff member would have the core competencies. In addition, the staff as a whole would likely possess all of the specialty competencies needed to deliver comprehensive services. Individual staff members could however differ in their specialty areas.
Some examples of the core competencies follow.


People working in career development practice need to demonstrate certain attitudes. They need to be:

  1. insightful
  2. honest
  3. open-minded
  4. results-oriented

People working in career development practice need to have certain skills. They need to:

  1. document client interactions and progress
  2. accommodate diversity
  3. collect, analyze and use information
  4. convey information clearly when speaking and writing

People working in career development practice need to have certain knowledge. They need to know:

  1. career development models and theories
  2. the change process, transition stages, and career cycles
  3. components of the career planning process
  4. the major organizations and resources for career development and community services

People working in career development practice need to be guided by a code of ethical behaviour.



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