AUT - Graduate Diploma in Career Development


Graduate Diploma in Career Development

From 2014, AUT is progressively moving its Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Career Development to a postgraduate programme.  Some of the reasons for doing this include enabling progression to master's level study, benchmarking with overseas qualifications, enabling students to build on their undergraduate qualifications and contributing to the professional profile of the careers field in NZ.

New students in 2014 will enrol in the Postgraduate Certificate in Education studying two 30 point career development papers.  This postgraduate qualification is awarded upon completion of these 2 papers (60 points).  The Graduate Diploma papers will continue to run until 2017 to enable all currently enrolled students to complete.

For students already enrolled in the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Career Development, programme details are as follows:

  • Gain a professional qualification delivered by highly qualified career lecturers and researchers.
  • Meet the requirements for professional membership of the Career Development Association of New Zealand and the Career Industry Council of Australia.
  • Early exit option upon successful completion of the first 4 papers, with a Graduate Certificate in Career Development.
  • Progress to the Master of Career Development, the only one in New Zealand, on completion of the graduate diploma.
  • Designed to meet the needs of a busy professional delivered through evening weekday or weekend lectures at the North Shore campus.

Programme information

Programme code: AK3652
Level: 7
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full time; 1-2 years part-time (1 or 2 papers per semester), may be taken over 5 years.
Venue: Distance learning with on-site tutorials and 'intensives' at AUT's North Shore campus (or onsite for industry groups).
Delivery: Blended online learning supported by face-to-face tutorials and weekend intensives to suit busy professionals.
Start date: 3 March 2014 / 21 July 2014

Entry requirements

  • Graduate certificate and diploma entry requirements
  • A bachelor degree or relevant professional qualification or experience approved by the School of Education to be equivalent to a bachelors' degree.
  • English language level (if required): IELTS level 6.5 (academic) overall or higher with 7.0 in speaking and 6.0 reading in all other bands.
  • You may be required to attend a selection interview.

Structure and content

Section 1

During the first 4 papers, you will be introduced to career theory, the use of career instruments and resources and will develop career counselling skills, which you can apply immediately in your own practice.

All students will complete:
297309 Developing Counselling Skills
297301 Facilitating Career Development for Individuals
297302 Organising for Career Development

Students can exit the programme following completion of the above papers with a Graduate Certificate in Career Development.

Section 2

The last 4 papers are dedicated to teaching advanced theory, research skills, and the opportunity to practise your skills in a supervised environment. This enables students to customise their learning and apply it within their own personal work setting and client group.

All students will complete these 3 papers:
297303 Advanced Topics in Career Development
297306 Research Skills for Career Practitioners
297308 Supervised Practice in Career

And students can choose to complete:
297307 Context in Career Development

297311 Reading Paper in Career Development (The focus of this paper in 2013 is Career Education Benchmarks).


Students will complete essays, reports or case studies. There are no exams within this qualification.

Career opportunities

  • Career advisors at secondary/tertiary level*
  • Private practitioner in career development
  • Career consultant or counsellor
  • Employment consultant
  • Career development specialist within HR practice.

*You need to be a qualified high school teacher to be eligible for a teaching salary as a career advisor in most high school departments.

Last updated: 14 Jul 2014 1:45pm

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