College of Arts, Society and Education Graduate Certificate of Career Development

Graduate Certificate of Career Development

Enhance your qualifications in the fields of career development, counselling, and guidance. Explore a range of contemporary career development theories and models. Develop counselling skills and discover the professional practice standards required to provide effective career management support to diverse clients in a variety of settings and need states.

Build a practical foundation in career development and counselling theories and their applications. Develop professional skills in ethical decision-making. Acquire a deep understanding of the labour market, and recognise the career management implications for the future of work.

Further your qualifications and support the career development needs of individuals, communities, and organisations. JCU Career Development students benefit from leading academic expertise and current industry insights through the partnership between JCU and Career Ahead, an award-winning, industry-leading organisation in career services.

JCU Career Development graduates are knowledgeable, industry connected and readily able to apply learnings in range of professional contexts. JCU graduates are highly sought after for roles in education, government, industry, sport, private practice and employment services. Professional career practitioners are able to access a range of meaningful employment opportunities due to an increased focus on and investment in career guidance by Federal and State Governments and the education sector and industry.

Pursue a career as a career guidance counsellor in education or corporate organisations, as a private career practitioner, in diverse community support roles or as in career advisor positions in a broad range of employment services.

Graduates who wish to pursue further postgraduate study are eligible to receive credit toward the Master of Guidance and Counselling.

Graduates are eligible for professional membership of a Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) Member Association.

Students will enjoy access to a contemporary curriculum and industry experts through JCU's partnership with Career Ahead, experts in career development and employability solutions. Students will benefit from the combination of deep academic expertise in career development with extensive practical experience in the provision of career and employability services.

Career Ahead was the proud recipient of the Career Development Association of Australia Award for Excellence in Practice 2019 (Organisation Category). The Career Ahead team provides services to students from secondary, vocational and higher education institutions, as well as parents, professional athletes, employees in transition, individuals with special needs and career changers (from entry level to executive).

Students will explore extensive practical applications of career development theories across a range of contexts and client types.

Make study work for you through the flexible carousel delivery mode of the Graduate Certificate of Career Development. Study one subject at a time during an eight-week block.

This flexible delivery makes it easier to balance further study with employment, family and other demands. If subjects are completed consecutively, the qualification can be completed in about eight months.

The Graduate Certificate of Career Development consists of four subjects:

  • Two subjects are fully online, with extensive student support available
  • Two subjects require participation in a three-day weekend intensive workshop to facilitate the development of applied skills. Workshops will be offered in multiple locations nationally.

The Graduate Certificate in Career Development is also offered to organisations or associations wanting a private program to be run for a group of employees and can be delivered flexibly based on cohort requirements.