AI for career practitioners
CDI Academy
CDI Academy

AI for career practitioners

This course from the Career Development Institute offers a practical introduction to the potential use of AI by career practitioners. By the end of six weeks, you'll walk away with well-rounded perspectives, tangible skills, and curated resources to evaluate, adopt and apply AI solutions in service of empowering career journeys. This course is designed for active participation and peer learning. We encourage you to engage with the materials, share your perspectives in discussions, and have fun experimenting with AI!

From £70.00 for members
  • Date

    25 Mar 2024
  • Time

    09:00 AM
  • Duration

    58 day(s) 4 hour(s)
  • Venue

    Moodle Portal
  • Course tutors: Michael Larbalestier and Marianne Wilson
  • Course numbers: 60 participants maximum
  • Individual self-study estimate: 5 hours:
  • Live webinars: 5 hours
  • Group work estimate: 6 hours

Registration deadline 21 March.

Course description:

A 6-week blended online programme for Career practitioners, featuring self-study content, live webinars and a group project through which you'll have the opportunity to:

- Develop foundational knowledge of AI concepts through engaging self-paced online modules.

- See AI applications come to life for career guidance in live interactive webinars.

- Get hands-on with experimenting with AI career tools through optional group projects.

- Connect with fellow practitioners to discuss implications and generate ideas.

- Reflect on your own development needs to integrate AI into your unique practice.


Course schedule

25th March  Pre-Course material available:
  • An introduction to the course ·
  • How to get the most from this course.
  • Introducing the tutors·
  • About the project
10th April Week 1: AI meaning, impact and concerns
  • Introduction to AI and Its Scope
  • History and evolution of AI
  • Key Terminology
  • AI’s Impact on Careers Advice Possibilities
  • Ethical considerations
  • Future of AI and career practice
Live webinar
17 April 11-12pm 

Hopes, fears and challenges
17th April Week 2: Tools and applications:
  • Evaluating different AI tools
  • Transactional chatbots
  • Generative chatbots
  • Popular AI tools for generating images, videos and audio
  • AI features in platforms and applications · Talent management
  • AI support for career skills
  • AI for labour market information
  • AI for learning, CPD and reflective practice
  • Planning delivery and guidance 
  • Client action
  • Brief for the course project
Live webinar
24 April 11-12 pm – Case studies
24th April Week 3: Forward view and skills development-
  • The art of creating good conversational AI prompts.
  • Refining our practice
  • How to challenge, verify and validate what AI suggests
  • What we have learned 
  • Our development needs 
  • The role of the CDI in supporting effective use of AI by practitioners
Live webinar
1 May 11-12 pm
– CDI code and position on AI

6th May

Weeks 4 and 5 project groups

Groups self-organise

22nd May

Week 6 Project showcase – each group will have the opportunity to present their project

Live webinar
22 May 11-1pm – Project showcase session

Tutor Bios:

Marianne Wilson is studying towards a PhD, sponsored by Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. Her PhD project explores human-centered approaches for the responsible design and evaluation of career information chatbots. She has a long-standing interest in human factors and social impacts of information technology spanning a range of academic disciplines, including an MA(hons) in English Literature & History, MSc in Business Information Technology and MSc by Research in Science & Technology Studies. She also has experience in enterprise data governance in a multi-national organisation.

Michael Larbalestier is a digital learning and innovation specialist with extensive experience in careers development and delivery. Currently, Michael is working for The Career Innovation Company, where he uses his expertise to build digital products to support individuals and organisations in their career development journeys. In addition to his work at The Career Innovation Company, Michael also acts as a CDI Project Associate, where he champions digital confidence among career practitioners so they can leverage technology to empower individuals to enhance their career prospects. With a deep understanding of the intersection between technology and career development, Michael is committed to helping individuals and organisations thrive in an ever-changing digital landscape.

A CDI CPD certificate of participation will be issued at the end of this course for those who complete the self-study material.


What if I can't make the live webinars?

Recordings of all webinars will be provided immediately after sessions and the project submissions will be pre-recorded and shared to all. So, you won't miss out.  There's also a forum so if you do have unanswered questions after watching a recorded webinar you will be able to post and get your answers.

How will the optional group work run?

You will work remotely with around 5-6 fellow learners, using online tools to design a simple, ethical AI-powered career intervention that aligns with your interests. This could be designing a careers resource or game, a CV optimiser, skills forecaster, chatbot for career Q&A, or anything else you dream up!  

We aim to create groups which match people with similar interests or based in similar time zones.  It will be up to each group to convene their own project meetings at times convenient for the members of the group.

We will ask each group to record a 5-minute presentation outlining their project, and a selection of these will be shared during the final project showcase webinar.  All the project recordings submitted by project groups will be shared in the course resources area.

Having any trouble?

Having any trouble?

Do not hesitate to reach out to us anytime.