Examining the Career Engagement of Canadian Career Development Practitioners


  • Deirdre A. Pickerell
  • Roberta A. Neault Life Strategies Ltd


career engagement, practitioners, career development, Canadian


The purpose of this research was to examine the career engagement of Canadian Career Development Practitioners (CDPs), a group of professionals tasked with helping Canadians with career and employment-related concerns. Previous studies with this participant sample have not focused on engagement, which is considered to be an important metric for worker satisfaction and productivity. As a result, this study established an important foundation for ongoing work. A mixed-method approach, using the newly developed quantitative measure of career engagement supported by some qualitative questions, was used for the study. Findings indicate that, overall, Canadian CDPs are engaged with their careers; however, the sector’s youngest and newest as well as oldest and most senior workers are least likely to be engaged. Although this study produced meaningful results, more research is needed. A larger sample
size, with better geographical representation would help confirm workers most at risk for lower engagement. In addition, it is likely important to identify whether CDPs with lower engagement levels are at risk of providing a poorer quality of service to clients and, perhaps, subsequently impacting a client’s ability to be successful. 


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How to Cite

Pickerell, D. A. ., & Neault, R. A. . (2016). Examining the Career Engagement of Canadian Career Development Practitioners. Canadian Journal of Career Development, 15(1), 4–14. Retrieved from https://cjcd-rcdc.ceric.ca/index.php/cjcd/article/view/157