The definition of a career has changed over the years. A career no longer refers to a single pathway to work, it is a life-long process that includes the variety of work roles (paid and unpaid) which you undertake throughout your lifetime, such as everyday life roles (parent, volunteer), leisure activities, learning and work.
Career development is the process of managing life, learning and work, the management of work-related activity throughout your life. Career development is simply a way of thinking about your life, particularly in the context of education, training and employment. It puts you at the centre of decision making about your future.
Career development is not only for students or unemployed people, it is equally important if you are already employed or you are an employer.
In a world of constant change it is becoming more important to be a skillful worker, flexible with the roles and tasks you are required to do in life and work. For people who are employed, career development can result in recognition of your performance, more challenging and meaningful work, increased job satisfaction and possibly better pay. It means you need to be able to respond to changes in the job market and make sound career choices. You also need to continue to learn and re learn throughout your working life.