CERIC development these Guiding Principles as a window to self-reflection and to provide a place to discuss what we do as career professionals and how we do it.

  1. Is a lifelong process of blending and managing paid and unpaid activities: learning (education), work (employment, entrepreneurship, volunteerism and leisure time.
  2. Entails determining interests, beliefs, values, skills and competencies – and connecting those with market needs.
  3. Should be self-directed, an individuals is responsible for their own career, but is not alone – we all influence and are influenced by our environment.
  4. Involves understanding options, navigating with purpose and making informed choices.
  5. Means making the most of the talent and potential, however you define growth and success – not necessarily linear advancement.
  6. Is often supported and shaped by educators, family, peers, managers and the greater community
  7. Can be complex and complicated, so context is key – there may be both internal constraints (financial, cultural, health ) or external constraints (labour market, technology)
  8. Is dynamic, evolving and requires continuous adaptation and resilience through multiple transitions

Learn more in this CareerWise article: 5 ways to bring the Guiding Principles of Career Development to life .