What is Career Development?

The process of managing life, learning, work, leisure, and transitions across the lifespan in order to move towards a personally determined future. 

Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) Professional Standards.

Career development is the process of managing life, learning and work over the lifespan. Researchers suggest that ‘career development involves one’s whole life, not just occupation… It concerns the individual in the ever changing contexts of his and her life… self and circumstances – evolving, changing, unfolding in mutual interaction’ (Wolf & Kolb, cited in McMahon, Patton & Tatham, 2003, p 4).

Career development practitioners provide services that help people manage their careers, make occupational and study decisions, plan career transitions and find career information. CCCA career practitioners have extensive experience working in education, training and industry, assisting individuals in the community, especially those most disadvantaged with their career planning.


Personal Management

  • Build and maintain a positive concept
  • Interact positively and effectively with others
  • Change and grow throughout life

Career Exploration

  • Participate in lifelong learning supportive of career goals
  • Locate and effectively use career information
  • Understand the relationship between work, society and the economy

Career Management

  • Secure/ create and maintain work
  • Make career enhancing decisions
  • Maintain balanced life/ work roles
  • Understanding the changing nature life and work roles
  • Understand, engage in and manage the career building process