As a field of practice, career development has emerged relatively recently but the notion of individuals helping others find work, become crafts-persons, contribute to their communities, and discover ways to harness their skills and talents can likely be traced back hundreds, perhaps thousands of years.
In the earliest days of the formal profession, the work we do was more commonly known as vocational guidance – a term still used today in many countries. In Canada, Etta St. John Wileman, who lobbied the Canadian government in the early 1900s to establish employment bureaus to help facilitate labour mobility, is often credited with the creation of the field in Canada.
Similarly, in the US Frank Parsons wrote Choosing a Vocation in 1909 which provided the first record of what we understand career development to be: knowledge of yourself, knowledge of different types of work, and how all this knowledge can contribute to good career “fit.”
Yet, we can actually trace career development even further back in history as communities around the world grew, taught, and learned from each other about living, learning, and work.
The Mirror of Men’s Lives, Translated to German, written by Spanish author Rodrigo Sanchez and published in 1472
The Book of Trades: Or Library of Useful Arts
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