Career Advisor Certificate
CAEL and Indiana University have developed an online, instructor-led course designed specifically for those who need to provide career and education advice to adults. Participants will learn how to:
• Apply career development theory to your work
• Assess the value of education and training related to career choice
• Gather labor market data to assist with career planning and advising
• Help others develop a career plan
• Advise a diverse workforce
• Deal with ethical issues
• Help adults leverage social networking tools
The course content is organized into five Modules, each addressing one of the competency areas. Each Module takes two weeks to complete. There is an additional two weeks at the end of the course devoted to the final project presentation and review.
Module 1: Foundations of Career Development Theory
Module 2: Education and Training for Adults
Module 3: Data Gathering for Career Planning
Module 4: The Career Planning Process
Module 5: Advising a Diverse Workforce; Social Networking; Ethics in Advising
As a capstone, you will also have the opportunity to exhibit understanding of the skills necessary for providing successful career and education advising that meet the needs of the individual, specific companies or organizations, where appropriate, and the workforce as a whole.
This final week provides a separate space and time for presentation of final projects and to review each others’ projects and provide feedback.
The course is delivered online in a mostly asynchronous manner. This means that you can participate by watching presentations, reading content, completing activities, reflecting, writing, and discussing topics with your fellow students in the community forums at a time that is convenient for you. There will be options for live interaction with the course facilitator and other participants each module. These options are highly recommended but, because we recognize the difficulty in finding times that work with everyone’s schedules, they are not required.
Each Module includes the following learning activities:
• Required reading and watching/listening to a presentation on the module topic
• An application assignment where you have the opportunity to apply what you are learning in your own context
• A community activity where you interact with other students discussing aspects of the module topic
• An optional synchronous (live) Online Meeting with your instructor and other students
• A knowledge assessment in the form of an online quiz
Continuing Education Credit
The total anticipated contact time for this course is 90 contact hours (9.0 CEU’s for organizations awarding CEU’s for the instruction).
What Advisors say about the program
• “Someone came in just last week. She worked for same company for 30 years, and when the company downsized, she was the first to go. She was at a loss and didn’t know where to start. I know where to start now. Those who are older need to hear the questions: What do you want to be? How do you want to reinvent yourself? Then develop a plan from there. It all relates back to this course. The different theories of career development – what stage are they in? what do they need to do to move forward?”
• “I’m glad I went through this training. I think it has helped me be better at what I do. Often we are numbers driven. This training has given me permission to spend time with my customers so that I can better serve them. Instead of pushing someone through to get the numbers, I spend time with them to learn what it is they want to do, how they can be happy in a new employment situation.”
• “I have found that even my younger customers can benefit from my new skills. I think about what they need. Advising, coaching, counseling? Which? What do they need to get back to employment? I help them identify what their barriers are. For example, I recently worked with a younger guy who initially said that he wanted to go to truck driving school. Just talking to him and asking him more questions, I learned that he really wanted to go to pharmacy school. I took the time to listen to him and help him figure out the “baby steps” he could take toward his goal. He’s now doing an externship after studying to be a pharmacy tech.”
Next class starts on February 4, 2014!