Features

Later Chapters with Dr. Mark Pope

By Rich Feller

This is the next interview within the Career Convergence series with experienced NCDA leaders as they offer insights about their “later chapters” and navigating a lifetime of transitions. This project hopes to add to the knowledge base of ageless aging, transitions, and questions critical to developing career development leaders.

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Counselor Educators & Researchers

Career Autobiography Reflections

By Aaron H. Oberman and Lindsay Harman

The career autobiography can serve as a useful assessment tool when working with graduate students and clients in the career counseling process. This type of assessment demonstrates connections to career development theories for counseling graduate students, as well as helping facilitate client reflections on career interests and previous work experiences.

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Independent Practice

Leading Authentically: A Coaching Framework

By Sunitha Narayanan

As leaders grapple with leading authentically in a COVID-19 world, career development professionals engaged in executive or leadership coaching can employ a four-part framework based on clients’ strengths, curiosity, kindness, and connection. This framework can help leaders understand and practice authentic leadership in turbulent times.

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K-12

Middle School Students’ Plan for High School and Beyond: Texas Model

By Lesley Casarez, Rachel Gandar, & Michael O’Briant

Middle school counselors provide students the opportunity to explore interests and select courses for high school related to future career opportunities. Because these students face a significantly different world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which unemployment and job loss run rampant, it is imperative that they understand the connections between skills, education, and careers sooner rather than later. School counselors are in a prime position to provide those connections.

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Post-Secondary

Increasing Commuter and Non-traditional Students' Engagement in Career Counseling through Virtual Chat

By Tiffany Bitting and Priyanka Raut

Practitioners may need to increase accessibility of services for commuter and non-traditional students. Online or virtual career services achieve this objective. Given the current modified delivery of services on most campuses, this also benefits all students. As a result of a pilot program, the University of Houston presents best practices and recommendations for other institutions considering virtual chat services.

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Workplaces

Managing Through the Uncertainty of COVID

By Cathy Bamji and Donna Godfrey

COVID-19 has exacerbated and expanded issues already existing in the current age of remote working. Organizations with remote/tele-working employees from across industries have been dealing with fluctuating productivity, trust, communication, and resources. Pausing to look at the common issues and using some commonsense basics can put leaders and workers back on track.

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Tech Tips

Get Feedback with Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere, www.polleverywhere.com, offers users the ability to build quick and easy polls for any online or in-person meeting. Create polls for icebreakers, quizzes, gaining insights into your audience and gauging reactions to your classroom topics, presentations, or career services events. Free accounts allow unlimited number of quizzes with a maximum of 25 respondents each (more for higher ed and K-12).

Tech Tip provided by: Dirk Matthews, dirkwmatthews@gmail.com

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