Principles for Professional Practice
For Career Services & Employment Professionals
Career services and employment professionals are involved in an important process-helping students choose and attain personally rewarding careers, and helping employers develop effective college relations programs that contribute to effective candidate selections for their organizations. The impact of this process upon individuals and organizations requires commitment by practitioners to principles for professional practice.
Career services and employment professionals are involved in this process in a partnership effort with a common goal of achieving the best match between the individual student and the employing organization. This partnership effort traditionally involves students, but may also involve alumni, community members, prospective students, and/or faculty/staff.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), as the national professional association to facilitate the employment of the college educated, is also concerned with this process. This concern led NACE to develop and adopt the Principles for Professional Practice. The principles presented here are designed to provide practitioners with three basic precepts for career planning and recruitment:
- Maintain an open and free selection of employment and experiential learning opportunities in an atmosphere conducive to objective thought, where candidates can optimize their talents and meet their personal objectives;
- Maintain a recruitment process that is fair and equitable to candidates and employing organizations;
- Support informed and responsible decision making by candidates.