Develop and apply understanding of theory and effective practice in career development
This standard is for career development practitioners.
This standard is about developing your knowledge base of theories, concepts, techniques, models of effective practice and contextual information and relevant professional codes of practice/conduct - and using them to improve your own role and practice.
The topics about which you develop and apply your understanding could include self-awareness, aspiration raising, opportunity awareness, motivation, confidence-building, empowerment, networking, transition and change management, decision-making and avoidance, action-planning, option- evaluation and identifying and accessing opportunities. They may also be related to career development practice, vocational behaviour or career management.
You must be able to:
- develop understanding of theories, concepts, models and techniques relevant to own role and area of expertise
- apply understanding of theory, concepts and effective practice in career development to own practice
- tailor and adapt models and techniques to own role and career development practice
- draw upon contextual knowledge resources, including relevant labour market intelligence, to inform career development practice
- keep own knowledge base and practice up to date
- continually review own practice based on developments in theory, concepts, models, techniques and approaches to effective practice
- share effective practice with other practitioners
- promote inclusivity, diversity and equality of opportunity
Knowledge and Understanding
You need to know and understand:
- legal, organisational and policy requirements relevant to your role and the activities being carried out
- relevant ethical principles and codes of professional ethical practice and the consequences of not adhering to them
- the boundaries and limits of own professional expertise
- the boundaries of confidentiality, when it is appropriate to disclose confidential information to others and the processes required
- measures to safeguard young people and vulnerable adults
- the range of topics you need to consider when developing and applying theory and effective practice in your role
- sources of relevant theories, concepts, models and techniques and how to access them
- sources of contextual information, including relevant local, regional, national and international labour market intelligence, and how to access them
- ways to evaluate theories, concepts, models, techniques and contextual information for their usefulness and applicability
- the contribution of evidence based practice to the development of theories, models, concepts and techniques
- the purpose and application of research, reflection, self- evaluation and peer review in developing own practice
- the individuals, groups and networks you can work with to improve your own and others' understanding of theory and practice and how to build relationships with them
Career Development Information
Includes labour market intelligence (LMI) and other career or learning related information. It could relate to qualifications, learning and training opportunities, internships and placements, employment and career progression opportunities, support organisations or opportunities that can support the employability of individuals.
Examples include but are not limited to: individual meetings, group work, presentations, virtual or in person interactions.
Hardware (devices/kit) and online methods/tools/apps which can be used in the delivery and assessment of learning programmes.
The career development activities offered by a team, service, organisation or sector.