Principles of CDL

What is Career Development Learning?

Career development is the ongoing process of managing your life, learning and work. It involves developing the skills and knowledge that enables you to plan and make informed decisions about your education, training and career choices (Department of Education and Training 2015)

Frameworks and Research underpinning Career Development Learning (CDL)

Career Development Learning is not a recent concept. Australia, Canada, USA and the UK have developed frameworks to support the Career Development of their populations. In 2007 the Australian government published the Australian Blueprint for Career Development which applies to individuals at all stages of life. In the UK the Watts/Law DOTS model has been widely used in careers services in the Higher Education sector and is articulated in the AGCAS Careers Education Benchmark Statement.

RMIT CDL Framework

The RMIT framework is based on the UK DOTS model and reflects many of the elements in the other Australian and overseas Blueprints for Career Development. The DOTS model was seen as a simple model to apply and understand in a climate where academic and teaching staff must take into account the Graduate Attributes and the AQF requirements. The framework also incorporates the Create Your Future Career elements (Explore, Experience, Engage) which captures the critical career development steps by stage.

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