Career Consultant Certificate
Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Number: 076
Career consultation has become a unique specialty evolving with economic and labour market changes. Career practitioners work in diverse settings and have varying backgrounds. This program will interest individuals with experience in Career Development who wish to enhance their skills, and those in Human Service areas wishing to add these competencies to their employment profile. If you currently work in Education, Human Resources, Social Services, and Career Information Centres, Recruitment Firms, Employment Agencies, Rehabilitation and Multicultural Settings, you should find this program valuable.
A degree or diploma in a related area. Individuals who have considerable experience in a related field, a minimum of grade 12 or mature student status, and have completed some college or university level courses will also be considered.
Students must be accepted into the program prior to taking any courses. Please contact the Program Manager for information regarding the application process. You will be required to submit an updated resume. Prospective students must apply at least one week prior to start up.
PROGRAM OF STUDIES
|Course Number||Course Name||Hours
|CREDCAR01||Theories of Career Development||39
|CREDCAR02||Career Development Resources||39|
|CREDCAR03||Work Search: Tools & Techniques||39
|CREDCAR04||Individual Helping Relationships||39|
|CREDCAR05||Group Facilitation Skills||39|
|CREDCAR06||Career Development - Measurement & Assessment||39|
|CREDCAR07||Socio-Economic Change and Response||39|
|CREDCAR08||Diversity in the Workplace||39|
Good practice must be based on good research. This course introduces the students to a review of career development models proposed by leading thinkers and researches in the field, both past and present. Such models have formed the basis of most current career development practices as well as some of the evaluation instruments in use today. Students are encouraged to consider how theses theories affect their own actual or potential work with clients.
Knowledge is power and in today's rapidly changing world of work people need to have timely, accurate information when making life-changing decisions. This course will look at some of the print and electronic sources of information available to guide people through the career decision-making/work search process. Students will learn how to access information examine career related computer programs and be introduced to relevant websites.
Fine tuned work search skills will dramatically increase an individual's ability to find a job that is the right fit. This course will on the basic elements of employment search. It will address new trends and strategies for locating and connecting with employment which are adaptive to the new economy. Participants will come away with tools and approaches to assist their clients in developing effective skills for employment search such as skill-based resumes, behaviour description interviewing techniques, portfolio development and will gain hands on experience with resume critiquing at the MCACES Job Search Expo.
students will have the opportunity to learn and develop skills used in one-to-one helping relationships with clients. These will include, active listening, establishing rapport, attending to non-verbal cues, open and closed questioning, and goal setting. Attention will be paid to developing an awareness of the practitioner's experience during the helping relationship, ethical issues, standards of practice and making appropriate referrals.
Enhance your career development skills by learning how to facilitate groups effectively. Taking an approach that combines theory with practice, learners will discover they key competencies required to deliver effective group sessions focused on career development. This course will focus on dynamic group facilitation techniques, adult learning theories, group development, group members roles, and methods of managing challenging group participants. Individuals will have the opportunity to practice and demonstrate a variety of instructional techniques, methods and presentation styles.
An introduction to a variety of assessment tools frequently used in career development programs: interest and personality inventories, aptitude tests and other instruments which attempt to measure a variety of individual qualities. Students will earn to understand the meaning of basic statistical results and graphs often provided on such instruments. An emphasis is place on the proper and ethical use, administration, scoring and interpretation of theses tolls, as well as their limitations. Student will complete and receive their own interpretations from several instruments. Note: Successful completion of this course does not necessarily permit students to purchase or use these tools.
This course examines the various social, economic and technological trends that affect the world of work with particular reference to the increasing rate of change. The changes caused by the "information revolution", micro-chip technology and an increasingly competitive economy create new pressures on clients entering or re-entering the job market. Information and strategies to help the unemployed increase their understanding and control over their situation and the labour market will be addressed.
This course will examine diversity in the workplace from three levels of analysis - the individual, the group and the organization. The aim is to better prepare Career Consultants with advising and working with clients who have specific needs. Students will examine barriers to employment and career development and will explore strategies to overcome theses barriers. Legal issues surrounding The Ontario Human Rights Code as well as Conflict Resolution will be analyzed.