Graduate Certificate in Career Development
Through an innovative partnership between James Cook University and Career Ahead, the Graduate Certificate of Career Development curriculum was fully redesigned in 2020, integrating leading academic theory with elements of industry best practice.
This CICA industry endorsed course contains four subjects, completed one at a time, to optimise learning immersion. These subjects explore career development theories, provide the opportunity for applied professional practice and regularly include workshops with subject matter and industry experts. The learning experience is designed so that students engage in interactive and evidence based activities, to enhance their knowledge, skills and professional practice capabilities.
Why are we different?
The partnership between James Cook University and Career Ahead offers future career practitioners a contemporary, academically rigorous and applied learning experience. The course combines the academic excellence of JCU, with the ‘real world’ experience of Career Ahead. Graduates benefit from this partnership beyond graduation, with ongoing access to resources and support from the highly qualified JCU and Career Ahead teams
JCU Career Development Graduates are highly sought after for rewarding positions including:
Students may also go on to study the Master of Guidance and Counselling. Receive a two subject credit for this course when you complete your Graduate Certificate of Career Development.
ED5907 Career Development Theories and Tools
A critical pillar of career development professional practice is foundational knowledge in career counselling theory. Building on leading theoretical frameworks, students work with a range of career development tools, including psychometric instruments, career choice diagnostics and skills inventories.
ED5909 The Labour Market and the Future of Work
Given rapid changes in the world of work, students build their knowledge of current and future workplace trends. The focus is on the development of substantial expertise in accessing, analysing and applying labour market data, allowing students to generate critical career management insights to apply in their practice.
ED5908 Career Development Professional Practice
Aligned with Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) endorsement requirements, this subject builds the capability of students to work professionally as career advisors, practitioners. Professional Practice workshops provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge to both ‘real plays’ and complex career development case studies.
ED5910 Career Counselling
A ‘hands-on’ subject, providing students with the opportunity to develop counselling micro skills through applied learning activities. Career Counselling capitalises on knowledge developed across the course, translating learnings into practical experiences, ensuring that students are ready to apply counselling models to a range of career development scenarios
JCU has received endorsement from the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) for the Graduate Certificate of Career Development. This means the curriculum aligns to the professional, ethical and educational standards of the peak professional body. Graduates are eligible for professional membership of a CICA Member Association and have the ability to use the title of Career Practitioner.
How is the Course Run?
- Designed for students with busy lives
- One subject completed every 8 weeks
- Entire qualification completed in 32 weeks
- Available to organisations or associations seeking to offer this qualification to multiple students
- Bespoke programs can be delivered either online or at a workplace, with the curriculum tailored to specific organisational or client requirements
When Can I Start?
|Study Period||Start Date||Subject|
|86||19-Oct-20||Career Development Tools and Theories|
|81||4-Jan-21||Career Development Professional Practice|
|82||1-Mar-21||The Labour Market and the Future of Work|
Free Individual Consultations
We are pleased to offer 15 minute consultations to individuals considering admission into the program. Discussion may cover: