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.


Career development…

  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. Involves understanding options, navigating with purpose and making informed choices.
  4. 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.
  5. Is often supported and shaped by educators, family, peers, managers and the greater community.
  6. Means making the most of talent and potential, however you define growth and success – not necessarily linear advancement.
  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.

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Career Development, what is this? Career resolution & evolution? To survive todays digital fast paced world and compete for fewer jobs? Hence, constantly updating skills and re skilling?

Zero Contract, Free Lancing, interim contracts? Hourly paid, no full time work. Adhoc as and when needed?

Career Development covers what? – Career Management & Career Longevity? These days, many working adults experienced on average, 3-5 redundancies in their working life.

Globalization, Job Loss, and Stagnant Wages; Causes of income stagnation, many top economists have cited globalization as a leading cause.

The evidence is still not conclusive, but it is pretty strong from my perspective. Trade’s effect on jobs and income, which was probably modest through the 1990’s, now seems to be growing much larger.

Job loss for older workers threatens not only their immediate financial security, but also their ability to support themselves during retirement.

The fastest growing low-wage jobs include retail salespeople, food prep workers, waiters/waitresses, laborers freight workers, office clerks, call centers customer reps, security guards, personal and home care aides.

Is this Canada’s new path to “prosperity?”

While the rich few keep getting ever richer, the middle class is producing less and less per capita. The Canadian middle class worker keeps on sinking?

I have a BA in Management, MBA in International Business & Human Resources. Plus did, sales and marketing course/certificate, please project management leadership and negotiation course/certificate.

So Career Development, I have to continuously go back to school? How do I pay for this? Career Development, how do you get this? Read books, be in the know for everything? Networking is key here right?

Many organizations do not investment in employee development; training, coaching, mentoring, too costly for them, especially small to medium companies. Larger organizations with deep pockets can afford this.

How far can you go with career development?


You pose some interesting questions and you point out some challenges for Career Development in our new economic environment.

This is why we need to embrace careerpreneurialism. You can learn more here:

Best of success!