John Thompson

Career Development Portfolio

Career Development Knowledge

The Standards and Guidelines identify Career Development Knowledge as important competency for Career Development Practitioners. As I have noted in other sections of the portfolio, there is considerable overlap between career development and vocational development, but the two are not identical. The spiritual component of vocational development is not part of mainstream career development theories. Below I present evidence that I possess knowledge of both career development and vocational development.


In the fall of 2015, I began my studies in Conestoga College's Career Development Practitioner Program. The image at right shows the courses I took as part of that program. My final grade point average of 3.75 showed that I learned the material well, and enabled me to graduate from the program with "high distinction".

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I first became aware of the process of career counselling in 1980 when I attended a workshop at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. I purchased my first copy of What Color is Your Parachute in 1985. As the broken spine of the book shown in the picture opposite, I consulted and studied Bolles' book often, and have retained much of what I learned there.

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My interest in the spiritual aspects of career choice began in the 1970's. Books such as Small is Beautiful, Tao Te Ching, and The Seven Laws of Money introduced me to the Buddhist notion of right livelihood. In the fall of 1980, I began a year of study in Religious Studies at the University of Toronto. One of my courses dealt with the topic of adult spiritual development. To the right I show the cover of a magazine that I still have in my possession, and offer it as evidence of my long-term interest in the spiritual component of career choice.

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