Field Guide by NSCDA
Student Career Advisor

Student Career Advisor

A Student Career Advisor develops and enhances relationships with educational institutions (public school and post-secondary), community organizations, service providers, employers/ industry partners, and other referral agencies. They assist students in accessing resources and information required to achieve career goals.

The Student Career Advisor is a community-based role identifying, sourcing, building community connections, and promoting services to enhance students’ outcomes. They act as mentors to other student career coaches who are new into the field and will help local career centres in development of Youth engagements and service delivery.

Working within the school setting, the Student Career Advisor is self-motivated with strong networking and communication skills. They also demonstrate sound time management skills and possess an elevated level of accuracy, attention to detail, critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills.

The ideal candidate possesses:

  • Relationship building and maintenance skills
  • Networking skills
  • Self-motivation
  • Advanced facilitation skills
  • Sales skills
  • Ability to meet people where they are in the community
  • Understanding of community/personal boundaries
  • Accountability in meeting set outcomes
  • Ability to seek out new opportunities
  • Ability to set your own appointments, schedule, and ability to track it all
  • Self-management skills
  • Autonomy
  • Post-secondary or equivalent
  • Recommended to have CCDP designation (obtained or working towards)
  • Recommended to have Case Management formal training
  • 1+ years’ experience in the field
  • Demonstrated all competencies of CDP 1
  • Digital Literacy
  • Ethics
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Career Theory
  • Labour Market Information (LMI)
  • Communication
  • Mentoring
  • Facilitation

View NSCDA Course Catalogue

  • Band 1: Professional Practice: Competencies enabling effective practice. (All Competencies within Band)
  • Band 2: CDP Characteristic: Competencies distinguishing the field of career development practice. (All Competencies within Band)
  • Band 3: CDP Extended: Competencies required to deliver specialized services provided by CDPs. (Competencies 17, 18, 20)
  • Band 4: Outreach and Leadership: Competencies reflecting the strategic role of career development professionals. (Competency 23)

Competency bands are from the National Career Development Professional Competency Framework

Competency Evaluation

This easy-to-use online tool allows managers and employees to conduct industry standardized performance reviews based on the National Competency Framework. Each set of questions is tailored to an employee's specific career to ensure they receive a fair and thorough evaluation and make sure that managers have the information they need to support their team's development and success.

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Other Titles
  • Career Service Mentor
  • Student Career Advisor
  • Youth Career Coach
  • Youth Career Specialist
  • Student Liaison
  • School Liaison

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