RMIT’s School of Education is celebrating 40 years of its Graduate Diploma of Careers Education and Development.
Introduced in 1975, the program was Australia’s first post-graduate program to specialise in career development, and has helped shape industry training ever since.
In order to retain its vibrancy, the program has embraced change and innovation, including a switch from face-to-face teaching to online delivery.
Program Director Michael Hastings attributes the continued success of the program to three fundamentals: the power of idea or vision, the value of observation and reflection, and the need for adaptation.
“Being ‘that old’ in a world of upheaval and change is some sort of achievement,” he said.
“The program was born of an idea ahead of its time and we have continued to play with ideas since.”
Hastings said the program had evolved from a theory-based approach to an applied training program with an emphasis on producing practitioners.
The program centres on key skills from the Career Industry Council of Australia, including career management strategies, communication and counselling skills and ethical and effective practice, highlighting application and competencies to meet industry standards.
Lecturer Judy Heard said reaching the milestone provided an opportunity to reflect on what had been successful, in order to continue delivering an effective program.
“Ultimately, we have been single-minded about evolving in the interests of our students,” she said.
“So as we have for the past 39 years, we will be doing our best to provide students with an outstanding learning experience.”
The program is designed for already practicing career developers who want to extend their skills and obtain professional standing in the career development industry.