Career Development Facilitator

Career Action Planning
Best Practices
Module 6
Counselors and Career Facilitators
Working Together
Career Facilitators Working Together
Career Development Facilitators
Career Coaches
Teacher Advisors
Career Development Facilitation
 Develop an education and training plan for high school and beyond
 Set short, medium & long term goals aligned to career
 Assessment interpretation
 Encouragement and guidance
 Programs of study competencies and certification
 Career exploration with tentative career goals
 Job Search Strategies (classified ads, networking, internet)
 Job Outlook (market trends & area needs)
 Resume, interview and application preparation
Career Development Facilitator
A (CDF) is a person who has been specially
trained to work with students or dislocated
workers to assist with vocational and
educational planning, assessments, and
workforce preparation from middle school
through postsecondary education and the
adult workforce.
Becoming a CDF will:
• Allow an individual to improve the quality of career planning
interventions provided to students.
• Enrich and broaden knowledge and skills for working with students in
vocational and educational planning.
• Provide a scope of practice to provide services to students
• Provide national certification under NCDA.
• Provide professional recognition
Identify limits of personal expertise and
scope of practice
• Consult with hierarchy of supervision
– Counselor
– Career Coach Supervisor
– State agency Supervisor
– NCDA Guidelines
CDF Training
• Led by NCDA-approved instructors and features the most
up-to-date career planning resources.
• Contact Ray Henson, GCDFI
– Dept of Career Education
CDF Competencies
Helping Skills
Diverse Populations
Ethical and Legal Issues
Career Development Models
Labor Market Information
Career Development Technology
Employability Skills
Program Management and Implementation
Promotion and Public Relations
Kellie Shanks
• High School social studies teacher - 8 years
• High School Counselor – 13 years
Valley Springs High School
• GCDF Certification Spring 2009
• GCDF Instructor Certification Summer 2009
Career Development
• Career units delivered in the classroom
• Kuder Navigator, PLAN Test, ACT, Internship, Job
Shadowing, Work Place Readiness, Vocational
• CAPS – it is not about scheduling
• One of the three areas of the Arkansas Model
Who are School Counselors?
Individual Counselors
Group Counselors
Academic Counselors
Career Counselors
Activities Directors
Test Supervisors
Records Keepers
Who are Career Coaches and Career
Development Facilitators
• .
• Highly trained, highly
qualified career facilitators
To make easier or less difficult
To assist the progress
• Resource, resources,
• Another pair of hands,
eyes, feet……..
Why Do Students Need This
• Employers have told us; our graduates, even after
college, are not prepared to enter the workforce
• Fast moving train
• It’s a global workforce
• Career – College Ready
Counselor as Program Manager
• It’s a Counseling Program not The Counselor
• “It Takes a Village”
• Managing Complex Change
• You already manage these services and more:
 Assemblies
 College / Job Fairs
Roles: Who Does What
• Leader
• Make sure a 4 year
plan is developed
and carried out
• Collaborate with CO Teacher
and Facilitator/Coach (weekly
meeting, flurry of emails and
phone calls, memos, district inservice day)
Career Coach / (G)CDF
• Plug into the system in place
and make contributions
• Coordinate with counselor and
CO Teacher activities
• Serve as a bridge between CO
class and high school planning
• Develop community resource
Sue Stanley
• Retired as Career Orientation teacher at Crossett
Middle School May, 2009
• Completed CDF Training August, 2009
• Employed as Career Facilitator at Crossett High
School October, 2009
• Licensed as GCDF January, 2010
• Conferencing one on one with every senior
• Meeting twice monthly with Counselors and
• Writing articles for Counselor’ s Corner, newsletter
from Counseling Department that was mailed in
• Coordinating Activities for GO COLLEGE WEEK
• Completing new Kuder Assessments with this year’s
• Making sure career plan folders were in place for
STEPS (Success Through Educational Planning for
Students) conferences for grades 8-11
• Organizing sessions with 9th graders to familiarize
them with Kuder uses other than assessments
• Organizing a FAFSA workshop for parents of seniors
in the School’s computer lab
• Creating and administering an online survey with
parents about the service of the counseling
• Organizing seminars for all seniors on personal
finance and completing applications, resumes, and
preparing for the job interview with community
leaders and employers as leaders
• Training as backup test administrator for ACT in May
and assisting with Benchmark testing
• Organizing six college campus tours for sophomores,
juniors and seniors
• Communicating with counselors at CHS & CMS
E-mailing and communicating with the
counselors at CHS and CMS
Attempting to complete whatever the
counselors and my principal asked me to
Ethical and Legal Issues
Follow the CDF Code of Ethics and
know current legislative regulations
Scope of Practice
– Extent of training
– CDF/Client Relationship
– Consultation & Referrals
– NCDA Code of Ethics
Arkansas Works Initiative
• Three-year pilot project to place 43 Career Coaches
in the 21 lowest socioeconomic counties to improve
state indicators and the overall economy of the
• Kuder Navigator and Journey systems including Linkto-College and Connect-to-Business
Career Coach
• Provides a continuum of career guidance to ease
the transition of students from middle school to
high school to postsecondary education or training
and ultimately to the workplace
Career Coach
Assist with:
Student career planning
Portfolio development
College and career research
Navigator assessments
Business and industry tours
College and career fairs
CAP conferences
Employability skills
School and local broadcasting and news letters
Assist with implementation and completion of student career development timeline
CAP Teacher Advisor
Teacher-advisors ensure that students and their parents are
aware of all of the educational options available. They also
make sure that both students and parents understand the
purpose of establishing career and educational plans and
how courses of study and organizational affiliations fold into
these plans. It is recommended that a teacher-advisor not
work with more than 20 students and that the teacheradvisor remain responsible for advising these same students
until they graduate
Career Development Program
Program Organization
Program Supervision and Management
Goals and Objectives
Peer Training
Program Evaluation
Program Organization
• Identify stakeholders and related career service
providers and determine the roles for each
– Counselors,, Career Orientation teachers, Teacher
Advisors, CDFs, Career Coaches & Administrators
– Resources- Recruiters, Career Pathways, community
• Campus Career Center
– College and Employer Information
– Computers for Research
– CAP Program
Program Supervision, Management
and Implementation
Identify hierarchy of Steering Committee
Identify & define target population (clients/students)
Identify specific population (student) needs
Write concrete measureable objectives/goals
Identify available resources
Network with CDFs and service agencies
Career Portfolio requirements and organization
established by the Steering Committee
Promotion and Public Relations
Market and promote career development programs with
staff, supervisors, and the local community
• Motivate the targeted audience
– Teacher Advisors
– High risk students
– Local business
– Local media
Goals and Objectives
• School Goals as defined in Module 1 by the
• Stakeholder objectives for each role player
– Task assignments defined by the steering committee
within the guidelines of the position
Peer Training
Identify Training Personnel,
Career Facilitation Development Needs
and Materials
• Individual hands-on training
– Assessment, observation & computer
• Group facilitation training
– Lecture, role playing, PowerPoint, & demonstration
Career Development Training
Use computer applications that support
and enhance career development processes.
Database occupational research
Cross walking colleges and majors
Financial aid
Developing an e-portfolio (Shared with counselors
and employers)
• On-line self-awareness assessments
Special Training
• ACT Explore and Plan
• Kuder Navigator
– Assessments: Interests, Values and Skills, Work Needs
– Four-year high school education plans
– Education and Training Beyond High School
– Setting short, medium and long term goals
– Portfolio development
– Administrative Database and Curriculum Manager
Arkansas Works
when we work together
Career Coaches
Career Development Facilitators
Teacher Advisors
Working Together for the
Good of the Student

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