Why employers value this
Holding the QCD and a Master’s/Post Graduate Diploma shows employers that your professional practice is underpinned by a post graduate level of understanding of theories, policies, professional networking and research which have challenged you to be critical, enquiring and reflective.
Employers appreciate the academic rigor that underpins the post graduate qualification, that the QCD is developed, moderated and awarded by the CDI as the professional body for the sector, and that as part of the QCD, professional practice is assessed in the workplace. As students undertaking the QCD are student members of the CDI, employers also know that they understand the CDI Code of Ethics and how to adhere to its principles.
Holding QCF Level 7/SCQF Level 11 qualifications also opens up opportunities to progress to more senior strategic level roles, such as consultancy and management, where there is an expectation to apply academic rigour to driving a service forward
This combination of the post graduate qualification and the QCD equips you to work in both an employed and self-employed capacity in any part of the sector across the UK and with clients of all ages. It is also valued by international employers.
The skills and knowledge you gain can be used in any setting, e.g. schools, colleges, universities, careers companies, National Careers Service, voluntary and community sector, custodial settings, private practice, Careers Hubs and Local Enterprise Partnerships, training, research and more.
For information on where students in the UK have found employment please see: QCD Destinations on the QCD Further Resources page.
Vacancies in the sector can be found in Careers in Careers.
Holding the Master’s/Post Graduate Diploma and QCD meets the qualification requirement for the UK Register of Career Development Professionals.
In England the Master’s/Post Graduate Diploma in a career development subject and the Qualification in Career Development are recommended in the Statutory guidance for schools and guidance for further education colleges and sixth form colleges (January 2023)
In Scotland, if employed by Skills Development Scotland, it is a requirement that the Post Graduate Diploma in Career Guidance and Development and the Qualification in Career Development are held. Increasingly other employers such as university career services and colleges are more frequently requiring these qualifications to be held.