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What's New? Career Decision-Making Tool

In a fast-changing, global economy, acquiring career development skills (or skills to manage your career) is as necessary to success as mastering high-level academics.

The NCDG framework and supporting materials provide a way for individuals to gauge their skill level and acquire new skills. They also help educators and career development professionals develop (comprehensive or competency-based,) high quality programs.

The Economic Imperative

To get a good job, you need good skills. Increasingly, good jobs require some level of training or education after high school. People without high-level skills may find themselves unable to support a family or live the kind of life they want.

Employers are demanding a more highly skilled workforce, and this trend will continue. The U.S. is part of the global economy, and U.S. workers are competing with workers from around the world.

So if you want a good job, you need a solid education, and, most likely, some specialized training. And you need to know where to find that education and training. And you need to know how to upgrade your skills as necessary to meet changing demand.

Additional Resources:

The Economic Imperative Behind No Child Left Behind, Burt Carlson, OVAE, 2004. PPT | Word

See also:

Economic Challenge
Education Challenge

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The Role of Career Development

In todays workplace, each of us must become our own career manager. To do that successfully requires a familiarity with the knowledge and skills that encompass career development.

Career development is the process by which we develop and refine our self-identity as it relates to our many life and work roles, including those involving occupations, education, social responsibility and leisure (Herr, 2004).

Many people go from job to job, taking whatever is available, without much thought. But it is getting harder to do this. Jobs require skills, and you need to plan if you are to get the skills you need in the field you want. You can learn how to do this by investing in career development skills.

Additional Resources:

The Herr paper

See also:

Career Development

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Tying it Together with NCDG

The National Career Development Guidelines is a tool that can be used to facilitate the career development of young people and adults. NCDG provides a framework and suggests strategies for individuals to assess and improve their career development skills, and for career development professionals to develop and evaluate comprehensive, high-quality programs.

The NCDG framework sets out goals under three domains that are vital to effective career development: personal social development, education and lifelong learning, and career management. Indicators further describe the career development skills to master and define three learning stages: knowledge acquisition, application and reflection. For more information on learning stages, please see What is NCDG?,

Educators, counselors and administrators in a variety of settings can use the NCDG framework to identify and assess the key career development skills youth and adults need to master and then create programs accordingly.