30 Tips for New Career Development Practitioners

This short article is a personal reflection of one practitioner’s journey in the field of career development.

Based on the knowledge and experiences gained during her career counsellor internship at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA, Maureen Nelson discovered 30 interesting tips for current and future career practitioners which will improve their services to clients.

She separates the tips into four categories: environment, clients, colleagues, and self-development. Some of her key points include:

  • Ensure that you have the best resources on hand, such as career development articles or books, so you can assist your client to the best of your ability
  • When you have an insight about your client, try to help the client come to the same realization by asking them open-ended questions. Asking questions can also be a good strategy when you are not sure where to go next with the client.
  • Develop good working relationships with your colleagues in order to serve your clients better – don’t be afraid to refer clients to colleagues whom you think would be a better fit, and they in turn can refer clients back to you.
  • Engage in professional self-development; join associations, attend conferences, and take classes and workshops to improve your skills.

This article is relevant to career practitioners as it outlines several insights that can help them be more effective and confident in their practice and provide them with a greater sense of fulfillment from their work.