Yesterday I attended the AGM and launch of the new Career Development Institute. This new body brings together the four main professional bodies in the career development field and enables us to go forward united.
I think that now is a great time for a new start for the careers field and I hope that people will get behind the CDI and help to turn it into more than the sum of the parts. If you haven’t become a member yet you can do so on the new CDI site.
I’d be interested in hearing what people are looking for from the new organisation. I think that I’m looking for a body that conceives career development work more broadly than any of the previous bodies, for something that provides us with a strong community of practice, which endorses the importance of research and an evidence based professional and which campaigns strongly for universal, lifelong publicly funded career support (and a host of other things that I believe in).
However, I’m happy to give the new executive team a few moments to find their feet and to just say “good luck” for now.