Guiding Principles of Career Development
With a goal of bringing greater clarity and consistency to our national conversations about career development, the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) has developed a set of Guiding Principles of Career Development. These Guiding Principles reflect multiple voices at CERIC and are intended as a starting point to inform discussions with clients, employers, funders, policy-makers and families. The Guiding Principles include an exploration of the word “career” and outline the many benefits of career development.
- Is a lifelong process of blending and managing paid and unpaid activities: learning (education), work (employment, entrepreneurship), volunteerism and leisure time.
- Entails determining interests, beliefs, values, skills and competencies – and connecting those with market needs.
- Involves understanding options, navigating with purpose and making informed choices.
- Should be self-directed; an individual is responsible for his or her own career, but is not alone – we all influence and are influenced by our environment.
- Is often supported and shaped by educators, family, peers, managers and the greater community.
- Means making the most of talent and potential, however you define growth and success – not necessarily linear advancement.
- Can be complex and complicated, so context is key – there may be both internal constraints (financial, cultural, health) or external constraints (labour market, technology).
- Is dynamic, evolving and requires continuous adaptation and resilience through multiple transitions.