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Helping Working Parents Take Stock of Competing Pressures and Priorities

By Dinorah Meyer

Managing competing demands and conflicting identities of breadwinner and family caregiver can be overwhelming for working parents. This article describes a multi-layered model to help individuals examine their priorities and identify pressures influencing their decisions, and thus take steps toward gaining a renewed sense of ownership over their lives.

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Career Counselors as Partnership Facilitators

By Guy D. Alba

Career counselors and administrators are often overwhelmed and frustrated with their lack of sufficient resources. School budgets are strained to the limits. Embracing the diverse elements of the business world offers best hope for relief. Local businesses and organizations are great resources for school districts and career counselors. Business partners share career-related expertise in multiple ways and provide real-life opportunities and examples of meaningful work.

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Professional Communication: Teaching Students to Use Email Effectively

By Dori Peleg Mazor

While most of today’s college students have used email since a very young age, they are often unfamiliar with the conventions of professional email use. Career development practitioners can help by providing explicit instruction about tone, professionalism, word choice, and clarity. Instruction comes alive when students are given the opportunity to write and critique messages addressing common workplace scenarios and to discuss situations in which face-to-face communication is preferable.

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FIRST®: Helping Today’s Youth Find Tomorrow’s STEM Careers

By Roberta Martone Pavia

FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. The not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

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Building a Non-Traditional Career Path

By Ron Elsdon

Nontraditional careers, tailored to individual needs and based on more than one source of income, are increasingly attractive. Changing internal perspectives or disruptive external events may prompt exploration of such a path. Here we explore the why, when and how of a nontraditional career path for our clients and ourselves.

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Employee Ownership in Career Development: The Role of the Organization

By Steve Knight

Although individual workers inside organizations know that career development is mostly a “do-it-yourself” activity these days, smart companies understand the value of supporting employee career development for increased productivity, retention and employee satisfaction. [Eds. Note: This article originally appeared in Career Convergence in 2010. Because of the value of this article, it is being reprinted now.]

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Returning Veterans Need Early Counseling on Choice of College Major

By Kathryn Troutman and Lisa Andrews

This article explores how career development practitioners can help student veterans, by reaching out to them very early in their higher-education experience, and guiding them to a wise choice of college major or vocational program.

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Counselor Educators & Researchers


Career Development Practice in Canada: Perspectives, Principles, and Professionalism

Book Review by Marc Verhoeve

This text effectively provides the answer to the career practitioner’s questions: “How did we get here?” and “Where are we going?” While this book is an overview of the history and issues in career development in the Canada, it is a must-read for all active career practitioners and students.

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Special Columns


A Healthy Lifestyle Increases Career Success

By Nancy J. Miller

If you knew that practicing a healthy lifestyle would improve your chances of getting a job, help you work better, and increase your career success, would you exercise and eat more vegetables? A healthy lifestyle is an important part of successful career development.

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NCDA Webinars - Two New Offerings

By Alicia Kirkpatrick

Ethics and Assessment - two separate webinars and two hot topics! If you work in career services, you should participate in both of these upcoming webinars from NCDA.

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NCDA’s NEW Conference App

Get the most out of NCDA’s conference in Long Beach! Download the NCDA conference App on your Android or iPhone/iPad mobile device. You can find the App at the Google Play Store or the iOS store. To locate the App, just search for NCDA. When you first log in, you will be prompted to set up an account. You don't have to set up an account, but registering ensures you have full access to all of the App's features. The App will allow you to create a custom schedule, take notes at sessions, and to post your electronic business card. You can also sign up to receive notifications of room changes or other updates. The event is accessible to BlackBerry devices, Windows Phone users, and desktop computers through a web-based version: https://event.crowdcompass.com/ncda-gcdc14
Watch for additional use of the NCDA App at future events, such as Career Practitioner Institutes.


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