SINGAPORE (Aug 27): Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo today launched the Workforce Singapore (WSG) Career Development Framework (CDF) at the Career Practitioners Conference 2018.

The CDF provides a roadmap for career professionals to develop their competencies in both breadth and depth, and be recognised for them. It also promises quality coaching from professionals who uphold high standards, ethics and ethos.

The CDF framework will be introduced over the next two years with four levels of certification that career professionals can work towards, and programmes to help them make the grade.

The framework also covers continuing professional development, so career professionals can themselves “walk the talk” when guiding their clients to adapt to an evolving job landscape.

The launch of the CDF also aims to help those in the midst of changing careers, which according to Teo, marks possibly one of the most stressful events in a person’s life.

In these times of stress, the usual support from friends and family may not be enough. And this is where career practitioners and advisors come in.

As recently as a decade ago, this profession was rather new in Singapore. Today, Singapore has built up a sizeable community of career practitioners, with about 150 career coaches from WSG’s Careers Connect and NTUC’s e2i’ centres serving job seekers across the island, as well as more than 90 Education and Career guidance (ECG) counsellors who guide students to make choices about their future careers.

“We can now also draw on a significant pool of career advisors among HR practitioners, allied educators, social service officers and industry mentors, who provide HR/career advisory to workers at their respective workplaces,” said Teo.

“Professionalising and standardising practices in the career community will be key. We must build on the empathy and passion of our career professionals, invest in developing their capabilities, and attract more talents to join the community,” adds Teo.