What is career development & why does it Matter? 

The world of work is changing. As forces of automation, globalisation and casualisation restructure the world we live in, a new wave of both uncertainty and opportunity is upon us. While in the last 25 years in Australia we have lost 1 million jobs in manufacturing, administration and labouring, we have gained 1 million jobs in the knowledge and service industries (FYA, 2015). Where are the jobs going and how can you create a career trajectory that has meaning, creates an impact and pays the bills? Global research is now piecing together what skill sets and mindsets can help you to build your resilience and adaptability as the concept of a 'job for life' disappears. The best part is, it's often simpler and more affordable than you think to get prepared. The research is out there and my job is to help you to take a next step that is right for you. 


Career education exists to help you to develop:

  • the ability to manage your career building process

  • strategies for responding positively to life and work changes

  • a positive self-concept

  • the ability to build positive relationships in life and work

  • an understanding of how to participate in lifelong learning supportive of your career goals 

  • the skills to use career information effectively in managing your career including learning to incorporate economic, social and employment conditions into your career planning 

  • the ability to seek, obtain/create and maintain work

  • the ability to eliminate gender bias and stereotypes in your career building


The goal of career development work is to assist individuals to develop the skills and knowledge to effectively manage their careers. This include life, learning and work over their lifespan.
— McMahon & Tatham, 2008

What's the evidence? 

The CareerSet Workshop and my counselling approach is informed by global career research, as well as the latest labour market forecasts. If you're interested in reading more the below links will forward you through to some of the key resources that inform my workshop programming and counselling philosophy.   

 Australian Core Skills Framework (2012) 

Australian Core Skills Framework (2012) 

 Handbook on Career Counselling (1998)

Handbook on Career Counselling (1998)

 Public Policies For Career Development (2004)

Public Policies For Career Development (2004)

 New Work Order Series (2015) 

New Work Order Series (2015) 

 Our Future World: Global Megatrends report 

Our Future World: Global Megatrends report 

 National Career Development Strategy 

National Career Development Strategy 

 Future Skill needs in Europe (2016) 

Future Skill needs in Europe (2016) 

 Gender Segregation in Australia's Workforce

Gender Segregation in Australia's Workforce

 Career Guidance: A handbook for policy makers

Career Guidance: A handbook for policy makers

 Women and Girls into non-traditional occupations and industries

Women and Girls into non-traditional occupations and industries

 Economy in Transition: Startups, innovation, and a workforce for the future

Economy in Transition: Startups, innovation, and a workforce for the future

 The Future of Work Report (2016)

The Future of Work Report (2016)

 Career development supporting young Australians  

Career development supporting young Australians  

 Positions Vacant? When The Jobs Aren't There (2016)

Positions Vacant? When The Jobs Aren't There (2016)

 Professional Standards

Professional Standards

“It’s about career management. You are the manager of you and it’s your life long quest to construct the best possible life. And it depends on what you can learn and what you can become. We are here as counsellors to provide a sacred space to examine for you to examine your story, to hear your calling, to hear your heart, to help you listen to you. You are the author of the unique you and counsellors are the audience. And a good audience makes the story and play better.”
— Mark Savickas (Vocational Psychologist)

References

  • *Foundation For Young Australians (FYA), 2015. The New Work Order.  

  • ** McGrindle, 2014. Job Mobility In Australia