Help students navigate the intricate pathways that connect education to employment
The path from school to a career is more fragmented than it has ever been, with many and varied branching pathways to employment. The world of work is experiencing continual change, prompting a greater need to make high-quality career counselling services more accessible in primary and high schools, for students studying at higher education institutions, and for the general public.
There is a growing field of research that demonstrates that for students to chart more complex career pathways, awareness of career development needs to begin as early as possible, even in primary school. The National Career Education Strategy is a recent report by the Department of Education and Training that emphasises the need for every student in Australia to have access to high-quality career education from primary school onwards. There is a comparable focus in business and industry to assist workers to plan for and manage changes in the workplace and job market.
The Graduate Certificate in Education (Career Development and Counselling) will equip you with an understanding of the changing world of work, and up-to-date knowledge of career theory, process and practice. Develop strong relationships with students or clients and help them navigate the increasingly complex and branching pathways that connect education to employment.
The Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) has endorsed the Graduate Certificate in Education (Career Development and Counselling) delivered by Queensland University of Technology as meeting the Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners for a period of 3 years from July 2019 to July 2022.
QUT Online will be introducing a comprehensive masters program in Teaching Period 3 2020 that will encompass and extend upon the Education majors.
The aim of effective counselling is to give your clients the tools they need to attain their individual goals. This unit equips you with the core counselling techniques and communication skills that underpin best-practice counselling. With a foundational understanding of the development of counselling psychology, and the practical skills to form and maintain a productive counselling relationship, you will be able to help students and clients chart complex career pathways at a time when the pathways from school to a career are increasingly fractured.
Career development is a broad and constantly evolving field relevant to all individuals. Recent developments in education highlight the importance for educators and career practitioners within education fields to better prepare people for the rapidly changing world of work. This unit provides an opportunity to examine career development theory, practice, policy and research, and apply this to career counselling practice. With a focus on lifelong learning and professional development, become a counsellor with the background knowledge and expertise to guide students and clients through the process of proactively developing and redefining their career.
EUQ642 Career Development and Professional Practice
Unit code: EUQ642
Contact hours: 12–15 hours per week
About this unit
In this unit you will consider lifelong learning in the context of career and career counselling best practice. Acquire the knowledge and skills you need to lead the delivery of career development programs to a wide-ranging clientele. Develop your ability to create innovative and flexible programs that have a solid theoretical foundation and are capable of meeting individual needs.
Career counselling adopts personal counselling methods to help individuals explore career development issues, and is increasingly conceptualised as a learning process, with the career counsellor acting as facilitator. This unit will delve into traditional and emerging career counselling processes, and challenge you to evaluate a range of counselling perspectives. With an emphasis on the relationship between career counselling and personal counselling, you will learn to understand your role in a new way, exploring professional and ethical issues on the road to becoming an effective and judicious career counsellor.
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