John Thompson, PhD

Career development consists of adapting to changes in our lives, our working environments, and
our way of thinking about work. Curiously, our goal in making these adaptations
is often to keep something important steady and unchanging.

Career Development Qualifications

Much of my work as an educator involved working with individuals in a counselling and coaching role. In addition to advising young people in university settings, I have also helped older adults obtain new employment through self-employment or retraining.

I have a PhD in Applied Psychology and Human Development from the University of Toronto. My doctoral research explored the impact of social emotions on how use our time and attention.

In 2017, I graduated with distinction from Conestoga College’s Career Development Practitioner program.

The Canadian Standards & Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners list four Core Competencies:

Professional Behaviour

Interpersonal Competence

Career Development Knowledge

Needs Assessment and Referral

I have created an online portfolio which shows that I have competence in those four areas.

John Thompson Career Development ePortfolio