What is career development?
Career development is the lifelong process of managing and advancing your career over time. It involves acquiring new skills, knowledge, and experiences, as well as making strategic decisions and taking actions to enhance professional growth and achieve long-term career goals.
Career development professionals specialize in helping individuals navigate their career paths, make informed decisions, and develop strategies to achieve their career goals. Those providing career development support may be careers assistants, careers advisers, careers leaders, careers coaches, career counsellors, careers consultants or career development experts.
Career development support is always based on the needs of the individual and is provided to people in all situations from primary school to retirement planning, often focused on career transitions – taking the next step in education or training, moving into the first job, mid-career job changes and exploring ways of working longer as retirement approaches.
Transitions can be driven by many factors including changes in life circumstances (such as increased caring responsibilities) or external factors such as redundancy and job loss. Some people also undertake career development as a way of reviewing their career progression to confirm they are on the right path or to drive a decision to change.