Field Guide by NSCDA
Student Career Coach

Student Career Coach

A Student Career Coach 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.

Student Career Coaches need to understand not only the inner workings of the school system, but also have a strong connection to all of the roles at local career services centres. They need to be able to collaborate with career services centres, so that they can remain current and up to date because they may be referring students to career services within the community when the student is approaching the labour market.

They need and build relationships with various community resources (businesses, organizations, etc.) to connect students to summer jobs, and may also engage with employers or sector councils to promote local career pathways and future employment opportunities. They need to have a solid foundation in career development, be knowledgeable about career pathways, post secondary applications and student loan processes.

Student Career Coaches, have to be incredibly flexible (logistics change almost daily), and must be able to organize themselves and be self-motivated. They provide one-on-one support for students and families/caregivers, they support teaching staff and guidance counsellors, they organize career fairs, facilitate classroom workshops, and assemble Labour Market Information (LMI) in a digestible format to share with students and families.

The ideal candidate possesses:

  • Good knowledge of community organizations, service providers, and referral agencies
  • Ability to access and effectively use information and communications technology; conduct research
  • Solid understanding of LMI and its applications
  • 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
  • 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)

Competency bands are from the National Career Development Professional Competency Framework

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Other Titles
  • Résumé Writer
  • Interview Coach
  • Student Career Advisor
  • Student Engagement Officer
  • Student Development Officer
  • Labour Market Information (LMI) Officer
  • Student Success Worker
  • Student Liaison
  • School Liaison

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