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Career development is seen as ‘the lifelong process of managing learning, work, leisure and transitions in order to move toward a personally determined and evolving preferred future’.
It is the umbrella term used to include career education, information, advice and guidance.
The function of career development is pivotal in ensuring labour market goals are achieved, such as, jobs and productivity, improvement in educational goals and employment equity in terms of skilling previously disadvantaged groups to use their potential.
A Career Information Officer (CIO) is a category of a Career Development Practitioner.
The function of a CIO is to provide career related information to individuals and groups. Where, career related information includes information on managing learning, work, leisure and transitions.
The provision of career related information is a two-way interaction between a CIO and their client. This interaction is often better facilitated with tools and techniques that enable the CIO to best identify the career information requirements of the client.
If in this engagement a CIO identifies that the client’s needs are more severe than just career information, it is their ethical responsibility of the CIO to refer such client.
The new occupation called Career Development Practitioner was recently registered on the South Africa Organising Framework for Occupations (OFO, 2017).
It is the general term used to describe all categories of practitioners who work in the field of career development.
As per the OFO, a Career Development Practitioner provides information, advice and guidance to individuals and groups with managing their career, making occupational and study decisions and planning career transitions. This includes the use of various career development tools including non-standardised self-directed assessments.
- Apply online or request application form.
- Submit certified copy of a South African identity document or a foreign passport.
- Agree to abide by the Code of Ethics for CDPs in South Africa.
- Agree to abide by the Competency Framework for CDPs in South Africa.
- Pay fee.
- Access member dashboard with events and resources.