Career Development is an interdisciplinary field which takes into account workplace dynamics and individual growth and change. Career Advisors help focus clients’ skills, interests and values while teaching them how to gather information about workplace options and helping them develop strategies to reach their career goals.
UC San Diego Extension’s Career Advising Specialized Certificate Program is designed for Career Advisors (including WIB/Workforce Partnership Career Advisors) and professionals in career advising roles to bring them the latest information on current economic trends, coaching techniques, career-building strategies, and interpersonal communications.
Career Advisors work with individuals in all stages of work or life, including those transitioning fields, students looking for their first job, veterans re-entering the job market, or individuals facing retirement. The diversity of clients reflects the dynamic and evolving workforce in the U.S. This program provides an organized and comprehensive approach to information, theories and best practices in career development.
Earn the CWDP certification!
Students completing the program are eligible to receive the Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) certification through the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP). The CWDP is a nationally recognized credential for individuals who have demonstrated they have what it takes to provide the highest quality services to our nation's job seekers and businesses.
There will be a $60 fee upon acceptance into the program
Must be taken in this order.
This first course will explore the basic skills required to perform effectively as a Career Advisor. Career Development is an interdisciplinary field which takes into account workplace dynamics and individual growth and change. Career advisors help focus clients’ skills, interest and values while teaching them how to gather information about workplace options and helping them develop strategies to reach their career goals.
This second course will provide information for knowledge of basic skills required to perform effectively as a Career Advisor. Career advisors help focus clients’ skills, interests and values, while teaching them how to gather information about workplace options and helping them develop strategies to reach their career goals. A Career Advisor has a responsibility not only to help clients learn and grow to be successful, but also to keep learning themselves. Career Development takes into account a wide range of information from many diverse areas. The Career Advisor with current information, skilled at their role and with a great attitude has the ability to impact and make a difference in the lives of many!
This third course will provide information designed to introduce and educate Career Advisors about innovative programs and resources created to assist targeted populations and specialty areas, including: Veterans, older workers, ex-Offenders, ESL students / immigrants / refugees, disabled clients, and displaced professionals. Students will utilize a number of learning approaches, including structured activities, group discussions, guest speakers and lectures and project development. Class Teams will be established for various activities and assignments. The overall intent of the class design is to provide a learning climate that promotes understanding, awareness, skills and building a practical knowledge base to be used on the job.
Career Advisors will participate in 3 courses approximately 100 hours of instruction and coursework over 3 quarters and will earn 12 academic credits from UC San Diego Extension. Courses have been created using Blackboard a learning management system software application that enables educational course content to be delivered over the internet (online).
Together, students and instructors will be creating a learning community where ideas and concepts are shared using various online learning approaches, including structured activities, varied readings, group discussions and lectures.
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Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits.
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