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Beyond the Basics: Real World Career Management (NATCON 2002)

Career practitioners are a diverse group of professionals, working in organizations in both the public and private sector and with clients who struggle with a wide range of career-related issues. Many career practitioners want to move their own careers in new directions but don’t know where or how to begin. The Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners provide a comprehensive framework for the skills that practitioners need in their real-world work, regardless of setting.

This paper highlights some of the challenges faced by practitioners as they attempt to help their clients manage increasingly complex careers in Canada and abroad. Specifically, the paper addresses the competencies of professionalism, professional develop-ment, work search strategies, facilitating learning, information management, work development, and community capacity-building. Using the standards as a foundation, strategies are presented to help practitioners reposition their own careers into emerging arenas of practice.


Author’s Bio: Roberta Neault was the recipient of the 2002 Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Development and Career Counselling in Canada. As a career practitioner, counsellor educator, author, and motivational speaker, Ms. Neault is known for her innovative work with diverse clients (both individuals and organizations). Contact her at or (604) 464-2382.


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