Core Competencies


Core Competencies are the skills, knowledge and attitudes common to all career development practitioners, regardless of their employment setting. In some work settings core competencies may be sufficient to deliver the range of services provided. Other work settings may require service providers with competency in one or more of the specialty areas. In a setting offering comprehensive career development services, each staff member would have the core competencies. In addition, the staff as a whole would likely possess all of the specialty competencies needed to deliver comprehensive services. Individual staff members could however differ in their specialty areas.

Some examples of the core competencies follow.

  1. People working in career development practice need to demonstrate certain attitudes. They need to be:
    • insightful
    • honest
    • open-minded
    • results-oriented
  2. People working in career development practice need to have certain skills. They need to:
    • document client interactions and progress
    • accommodate diversity
    • collect, analyze and use information
    • convey information clearly when speaking and writing
  3. People working in career development practice need to have certain knowledge. They need to know:
    • career development models and theories
    • the change process, transition stages, and career cycles
    • components of the career planning process
    • the major organizations and resources for career development and community services
  4. People working in career development practice need to be guided by a code of ethical behaviour.