Career development specialists are hired primarily by universities, but they are also employed by staffing companies and other organizations. Most organizations are searching for applicants who have at least a bachelor's degree in counseling or a related field, although a master's degree is often preferred. Prior experience in the field is helpful, but not a strict requirement.
Ideal candidates for this job will have some working knowledge of career assessment and perhaps career service software, as well. The work is generally carried out indoors in an office environment, and these specialists will meet with various individuals throughout a normal workday. Their main responsibility is to help individuals determine their ideal career/job using computer assistance and various methods of counseling and questioning.
In addition to offering career counseling, a career development specialist may be required to post part-time and full-time jobs on the organization’s webpage. If he/she works at a university, distributing flyers or other forms of advertisement throughout the campus may be a regular task. Furthermore, he/she may be asked to occasionally conduct presentations which show students the value of the career services center, as well as demonstrations of the software used. Career development specialists often meet with students and other individuals on a daily basis, and will need excellent communication skills to help discuss and plan for the futures of their clients.
Career Development Specialist Tasks
Evaluate career or job readiness, administer tests and surveys .
Provide job search training and career strategies.
Develop job and internship opportunities through relationships with employers.
Maintain contact pre- and post-job placement.