The History of Career Direct®

The Career Direct® Story

Career Direct® has come a long way since those early days. Hundreds of thousands of individuals have benefited from the insightful perspective that under girds all of the Career Direct® materials. Larry was confident that the guidance system and the many other products that have been, and continue to be, developed will prove to be invaluable resources for people looking find the career pathway that fit their uniquely created design. He believed these resources meet fundamental needs of every individual, the family, and society at large.

Career Direct® Global Edition:

Career Direct® - Global Edition: Work on the Global Edition started in 2000 when the Career Direct CD version was tried in various South African communities and settings. The assessment was administered to people in South Africa, Namibia and the results obtained were very encouraging. After conducting more than 700 assessments, the decision was made to start developing the Global Edition (GE), which was based up a consulting model. A new Career Direct globally focused website was developed, a consultant training program developed, and the recruiting and training of Career Direct® GE Consultants across the Globe began. This resulted in Career Direct® GE expanding into various African, European, Asian, American, and Latin American countries. Today Career Direct® GE is available in many languages and thousands of consultants are available to guide people in their quest to understand who God designed them to be and to find the assignment that God has prepared for their life.

"During the years I was counseling families on their finances, I frequently observed people in career fields that didn't match their talents and abilities. It concerned me that so many people were not aware of their strengths and, therefore, were not being good stewards of their talents. I began to hope that someone would develop a program that would help people understand their vocational bent and show them how to make the right career decisions. In 1989 I began working on this task. Lee Ellis, one of our lay consultants, was retiring from the Air Force about that time, and so I challenged him to come help develop the program that is now Career Direct®."

Larry Burkett (1939-2003) Co-Founder of Crown

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