Career development framework

Career development is a lifelong process of finding your place in the world. It is about purposefully growing and exploring beyond your current situation. It’s about discovering your learning, work, and leisure options, and acting on this knowledge.

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Career development framework

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The career development framework was created to codify what CNZ as an organisation mean by career development, and to inform the design of new and existing products or services.

It details the career competencies (skills, knowledge, dispositions, relationships and environments) and the career stages people commonly move through during their life.

The framework was based on:

  • research on career development, human development, and Māori development

  • advice from experts in career development

  • interviews with 35 people in New Zealand, spanning a range of ethnicities, ages, career stages and locations.

We followed a human-centred design process to interview people and understand common career stages in their lives, and to get ideas on what form the framework could take.