How to Use Career Competence for your Self-assessment and Professional Development
“As Career Development Practitioners, we must walk the talk and model the behaviour we ask of our clients. By completing Career Competence, we are demonstrating our commitment to lifelong professional development. By practicing and applying new competencies in our everyday jobs, not only are we creating more successful outcomes for our clients, we are raising the bar in our profession” – Sharon Graham, Executive Director, Career Professionals of Canada
Career Competence is a free self-assessment and professional development planning tool. Through this interactive form, you will assess your competencies against The Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (S&Gs).
Career Competence provides you with an opportunity to reflect, gain insight, and self-manage your career. It helps you recognize strengths you already have, identify the competencies you need to acquire, discover areas you want to develop, and track your professional growth as a Career Development Practitioner (CDP).
- Download and use the form to perform a self-assessment now. Career Competence is a large PDF file. It may take a few minutes to open. For the best results, do not complete the form online. Download and save your file before working on the form using your computer’s PDF reader. You can do your self-assessment directly in the document. If you prefer, print this document and complete it by hand. Either way, be sure to save your completed work so that you have a safe and secure record for your career development.
- Review and reassess yourself on an ongoing basis. Performing regular self-assessments allows you to monitor, manage, and maintain your own professional development. With ongoing focus and attention to your Career Competence, you will create a lifelong “journal of proof” of your competency as a Career Development Professional (CDP.)
By keeping your document updated, you will be able to access and use your content in many ways:
- Include your achievements within your résumé and social media profiles.
- Give your completed self-assessment to your supervisor prior to your next performance evaluation.
- Refer to it when applying for your Certified Career Development Practitioner/Professional (CCDP) designation through your provincial/territorial association. Or, give your association a copy of your most recent completed form as supporting documentation for your application.
- Use the document for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition when applying for credits towards an academic course or program.
The Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (S&Gs) Core Competencies & Areas of Specialization
If you are unsure what competencies you require, open this dropdown list and then click on the competency link for more details. Learn why each competency is important and how you can demonstrate this competency. Then, fill out your own Career Competence form.
Note: Career Competence is a large PDF file. It may take a few minutes to open. For the best results, do not complete the form online. Download and save your file before working on the form using your computer’s PDF reader.