Help individuals evaluate their progress and achievement and plan for the future

Business Sectors (Suites): Career Development
Developed by: CLD Standards Council Scotland
Approved on: 28 Jun 2021


This standard is for career development practitioners.

This standard is about helping individuals to evaluate their progress and achievement against goals and development objectives, identify barriers and adapt their plans for the future.

The process should enable individuals to develop the skills to review their own progress and implement their development objectives.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. provide opportunities for individuals to obtain feedback on progress
  2. help individuals to apply the career management skills they have developed and recognise those they still require to develop
  3. enable individuals to review the effectiveness of the methods they are using to plan for the future
  4. encourage individuals to identify any barriers to progress and achievement
  5. motivate individuals to overcome barriers to progress and achievement
  6. enable individuals to review the ongoing relevance of goals and development objectives
  7. enable individuals to update revised goals, development objectives and action plans in appropriate formats
  8. evaluate the effectiveness of work with individuals, how their outcomes were achieved and plan improvements as required
  9. act in ways that adhere to the ethical practice required within your organisation or profession
  10. challenge any prejudice, use of stereotypes, discrimination and unethical or oppressive behaviour
  11. encourage individual autonomy in the career development process
  12. promote inclusivity, diversity and equality of opportunity
  13. maintain confidentiality and security of individual information that meets relevant legal requirements and organisational policies
  14. demonstrate understanding of legal requirement, local procedures and own accountability for safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. legal, organisational and policy requirements relevant to your role and the activities being carried out
  2. relevant ethical principles and codes of professional ethical practice and the consequences of not adhering to them
  3. the boundaries and limits of own professional expertise
  4. the boundaries of confidentiality, when it is appropriate to disclose confidential information to others and the processes required
  5. measures to safeguard young people and vulnerable adults

  6. the process of progress review, different types and ways of giving feedback

  7. the positive effect on motivation of recognising achievements
  8. how to measure success against goals and development objectives
  9. how to establish what action has and has not been taken and the reasons why

  10. how, why and what account should be taken of prior learning and experience

  11. the barriers to development and employment, how to recognise them and strategies to overcome them
  12. the potential of technology to improve support and how to overcome any limitations it presents

  13. why goals and objectives may need to change

  14. appropriate sources of specialist support within and outside the organisation to meet the specific needs of individuals
  15. how to encourage individuals' ownership of the career development process


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge






Hardware (devices/kit) and online methods/tools/apps which can be used in the delivery and assessment of learning programmes.

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Indicative Review Date

31 Mar 2026





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Relevant Occupations

Education and Training, Executive Coach, Functional Managers, Helpline Workers, HR Staff, Learning Mentor, Managers and Leaders with responsibility for interagency working, Personnel, Training and Industrial Relations Managers , Professional Occupations, Research Professionals, Teaching Professionals, Careers Advisers and Vocational Guidance Specialists, Line Managers, Supervisors and Team Leaders

SOC Code



advice, aspiration, career, client-centred, development, education, employment, equality, ethical, goals, group, individual, information, labour market, learn, motivation, needs, network, objective, partnership, plan, practice, refer, reflect, theory