Just Released: Skill Requirements for BC’s Career Development Practitioners: An Exploratory Study

The BC Centre for Employment Excellence (CfEE) is pleased to release a new research paper, Skill Requirements for BC’s Career Development Practitioners: An Exploratory Study. This study, undertaken by Life Strategies Ltd., assesses the current state of the career development profession in British Columbia and identifies opportunities for supporting career development practitioners in their efforts to serve the needs of BC job seekers.

Relying on a multi-methods approach, including a province-wide online survey, in-depth interviews and focus groups, the study identifies the skills career development practitioners in BC currently require to serve their clients, as well as any perceived skill needs they may have in performing their duties effectively. Practitioners were also asked about their current professional development practices, including their preferred approaches to keeping their skills up-to-date and relevant in the ever-changing labour market.

The objective of this research is to inform the CfEE as it undertakes its mission “to enhance knowledge and practice among its key stakeholders, with the aim of improving employment outcomes of all job seekers in BC.” The study’s findings will also inform practitioners, supervisors and policy makers about the current state of the profession, identifying ways to effectively support BC’s career development practitioners as they serve clients.

The report concludes with a series of recommendations by the authors for ensuring that steps are taken to address the identified needs of practitioners. The CfEE has begun the process of convening a working group of relevant stakeholders from the BC career services sector, employers, training providers and government to identify priorities as well as roles and responsibilities in responding to the professional development needs of BC’s career development practitioners. Please watch our website for further developments.

Click here to access the full report.

For queries about this project or other research activities being undertaken by the BC Centre for Employment Excellence, please contact Shawn de Raaf, the CfEE Research Coordinator.