MCAS Cherry Point’s Personal and Professional Development Program is forging a new path in career development in our military community. In order to provide a strong, resilient Corps, we need strong, resilient Marines, so PPDP wants to help achieve strength and resilience in our Marine community by implementing new approaches through its career services. In January, the P&PD Program began offering the Career Development Facilitator training course to military and civilian professionals involved in preparing Marines for career success during and after their military obligation. Attendees from Parris Island, Camp Lejeune, HQMC, 2MAW Career Planners and Craven and Carteret Community Colleges sat through the first three days of CDF training and are currently working on the 90 days of online learning. The Career Development Facilitator (CDF) training is a precursor to obtaining the internationally recognized Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) credential. By offering the CDF course, P&PD’s goal is to boost the career development standards here at MCAS Cherry Point and the surrounding community. The intent is to improve the career readiness of our Marines throughout their Marine for Life Cycle.
What is a Career Development Facilitator?
A CDF is an individual who works directly with clients or works in a capacity relating to career development services, and has completed 120+ hours of in-depth instruction from nationally trained and qualified instructor. Once trained, CDFs are fluent with the NCDA’s 12 competencies of career services and are eligible to obtain the Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) credential, a valuable certificate among human resources, college advising, workforce development and other career related professionals. A GCDF is equipped to be the subject matter expert in many areas such as:
- Career resources and labor market information
- Career planning processes
- Basic helping and facilitation skills
- Career development models and theories
- Informal and formal assessment approaches
- Diversity and specific population needs
- Development and maintenance of an effective career resource center
- Training others and program promotion
- Case management and referral skills
- Ethical and scope-of-practice issues
- Professional and resource portfolios
How does CDF training apply to the Marine Corps?
The Marine Corps has adopted the Marine for Life Cycle, outlining the various stages of one’s military career. The Corps recognizes that during these stages, no matter how long one serves, to hold true to the promise of taking care of [our]own, service members must be ready to face career obstacles whether serving on active duty or transitioning to the civilian sector. By implementing experts in career development at various stages of a Marine’s career, Service members will be more prepared for successful career progression throughout their military life cycle, and ultimately, achieving that final career readiness standard. With CDF training, career development professionals can enhance their leadership capabilities among the ranks, putting the career progression standards of the Marine Corps at the forefront of transition preparedness by understanding changes and trends in technology, labor market information, employability skills, and how this information relates to the Marine’s career. With Career Planners (MOS 4821) and Career Recruiters (MOS 8412) already fulfilling some of the aforementioned duties, GCDF credentialing will place these MOS billets among an elite class of career development professionals. P&PD is currently offering the CDF training to Marines within these billets, funded through the Marine COOL program.
How will the Marine Corps benefit from this training?
Implementing CDF trained professionals at various touch-points during the stages in the Marine for Life Cycle will enhance efforts in a resilient, career-ready Corps. CDFs have a wealth of knowledge in resource and referral information to assist service members with the tools needed to advance. Knowledgeable leaders facilitating high quality career development can improve the strength of our forces through meaningful assessment and identification as Marines prepare for special duty assignments, promotion and retention. Lastly, strengthening the career development relationship will foster stronger ties among service members early on in their Military lifecycle and provide a platform to further enhance the Marine for Life network while building the professional connections that support Marines both during and after their time in the Corps.
If CDF training leading to the GCDF credential is a personal or professional goal while in uniform or as part of a future career endeavor, contact the MCAS Cherry Point Personal & Professional Development Program at 252-466-4201 for further information.
By Ms. Ivy Prior, P&PD Adviser