The Career Development Network

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Established in 1979 by career development expert, Richard Knowdell, the Network is an international non-profit association of career practitioners who work with youth and adults in job or career transition. Network members work in higher education, business organizations, government agencies, social service agencies, outplacement consulting firms and private career counseling and coaching firms. Network members live in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.



The Network publishes a bi-monthly newsletter that is sent to all members electronically. The Newsletter contains information for career practitioners about professional development conferences, skill building workshops, and columns by career development experts on state-of-the-art career development techniques and ideas.


The Network publishes a quarterly journal. Each issue focuses on a specific area of career development and is edited by a subject matter expert with invited articles from knowledgeable practitioners. The journal is e-mailed to each member as a pdf.


Since 1979, the Network has provided training seminars and workshops for career development professionals throughout the world. Much of the training was offered through university continuing education programs. Some seminars were conducted in business organizations. Others were organized by government agencies. Since 1994, the Network has trained and certified over 6,000 Job & Career Transition Coaches and Job & Career Development Coaches. In 2001, the Network established a Marketing & Business Development seminar for career practitioners in private practice. Since 2007, the Network has been offering Career Development Facilitator training that qualifies graduates to become Global Career Development Facilitators (GCDF) and Global Career Development Facilitator Instructors (GCDFI).


Network founder, Richard Knowdell, created four widely used career assessment instruments that have been translated into ten languages. These are the Career Values Card Sort, Motivated Skills Card Sort, Occupational Interest Card Sort and the Leisure/Retirement Activities Card Sort. Originally created in 1977, these instruments were revised and updated in 2004. On-line versions of the Career Values and Motivated Skills instruments became available at in December of 2012. Links to the distributors of these instruments are available for any Network member who may be interested in using them.

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