Program learning outcomes are developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, they are re-examined and updated during regular, ongoing program review by employers, graduates working in the field and current students.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Describe the historical and theoretical basis of career development studies, including the social, economic, and personal benefits of career development practices for various groups in Canadian society.
- Develop an awareness of the impact of research efforts on career development practices in Canada.
- Incorporate self-directed and entrepreneurially-oriented career management activities into their career practice.
- Integrate the appropriate use of adult learning principles and practices for his or her own professional growth and development, as well as the empowerment of others.
- Utilize self-reflective and critical thinking skills to enhance counseling, teaching and learning strategies with groups and individuals.
- Recognize the variety of career development practitioner roles that could be used to develop additional areas of expertise.
- Apply the stages of adult development and learning, and theories of career development, which together lay the foundation for counseling and facilitation in career development work.
- Apply a wide range of assessment tools, both psychometric and constructivist, for use with various client groups.
- Integrate appropriate career information resources with career and employment counseling strategies.
- Apply individual counseling techniques in the development of career resources for diverse client groups.
- Apply both theoretical and practical methods with consideration to the needs of underrepresented and diverse groups including women, aboriginal communities, visible minorities, immigrants, the disadvantaged and marginalized.
- Design counseling and teaching strategies that incorporate trends and issues of the changing labour market.
- Apply group facilitation techniques and strategies with an understanding of group process.
- Use the systematic steps of program planning techniques in the development of career resources for diverse client groups.
Essential Employability Skills
All graduates with the following Ontario College credentials, Ontario College Certificate, Ontario College Diploma and Ontario College Advanced Diploma, must be able to reliably demonstrate Essential Employability Skills in a combination of the following 11 skill areas:
- Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
- Respond to written, spoken or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
- Execute mathematical operations accurately.
- Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.
- Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
- Locate, select, organize and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.
- Analyze, evaluate and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
- Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems and contributions of others.
- Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
- Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.
- Take responsibility for one’s own actions, decisions and consequences.