Career development interventions that are relevant, engaging, and accessible are better for supporting individuals’ progress toward their goals. Career development resources have been used for decades to support people to understand their career needs, explore available career opportunities, make career decisions, and assist career practitioners in build rapport with clients. Things have changed a bit. “Back in the day” career practitioners used encyclopedic books that listed occupations and their tasks, responsibilities, and qualifications (e.g., The Job Guide). With exponential change–automation, massification, globalization–we are now in a very different world and career development tools have suddenly gotten cool (in my opinion at least)!
Engaging Career Development Resources
Recently, I was privileged to present “Engaging Career Development Resources” workshop at the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) national conference. It was fantastic to see locals and delegates from interstate and overseas coming together to learn about practical, engaging career development resources that can be used with a diversity of clients in a constantly changing career landscape. In the workshop, I shared a list of Career Resources that can be used to support clients understand the plethora of opportunities and the necessary skills, qualifications, and experiences, they may need to meet their career potentials.
Youth unemployment is at an all time high, and so are change and innovation. It has never been more important to support the members of our various communities to develop their understandings of themselves, the changing world of work, and the opportunities for their futures. I hope you can make good use of these Career Resources to make a difference for your students and clients, and yourself.
Carolyn Alchin, Career Development Practitioner. twitter: @Careermumcaro