Snapchat and Irma in Teaching Career Development

Hurricane Irma presented a unique challenge and opportunity last week for this Snapchat experiment. True to my 3x a week commitment, when Friday came, I decided to post this:

Immediately, I got responses back from most of my student followers, of their pets! Once I had heard from them, I decided to send this:

On Monday, I heard from the students that I was the only professor they had heard from during the hurricane. I was reminded how this tool can be used to connect in a caring way with students, and how that connection can make such a difference for them (and for me). I’m also challenged to think about how to balance the academic purpose of the tool (Book quotes are coming up!) and the personal connection. Curious as to how others manage that.

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Linking Online Resources to Innovative Career Counseling Approaches

I’m very excited about continuing the conversation about how technology can be used in creative ways to enhance career counseling interventions and job searching. This presentation was made at the Ohio Career Development Association, co-sponsored by the National Career Development Association. This presentation is a mashup of previous Tech Twins presentations, updated with ethics, as well as a few new features hot off the presses. Hope you enjoy!

Technology, Counseling, & Ethics

Technology continues to provide new avenues for extending and enhancing career advising/counseling service delivery – but we must take into account ethical considerations. This is from a presentation I (Deb) made at NCDA‘s Career Practitioner Institute in Memphis a few weeks ago.

Counseling Clients in Niche Tech Fields – Cybersecurity

screen-shot-2017-02-03-at-2-52-31-pmThe term technology can refer to a wide range of ideas, gadgets, interests, and even careers. When clients and students want to explore an emerging field, finding relevant resources can pose a significant challenge for counselors and coaches.

Members of my NCDA network recently reached out with this scenario and question, forwarded from a colleague:

“I’m working with young interns in a cybersecurity company, and am developing a career guidance road map. Can you connect me with coaches, experts, or insights in this field?”

Where to start? I offered up the following:

  • Clearancejobs.com provides a lot of assistance for people in the U.S. who are looking for jobs that require a security clearance. This site includes a lot of helpful articles in related topics, including cybersecurity.
  • Dice.com is another online community specializing in tech-related jobs and careers. Use their online Skills Center to explore more information about cybersecurity and search their Insights blog for relevant articles.
  • I recently connected with Shane Hartman, an information security instructor at the University of South Florida, on another project. He recommended reaching out to local meetups and groups such as securitybsides.com, which coordinates events all over the world. It might be worth reaching out to other schools and faculty members offering related academic programs to find out more about their advice on career road maps and recommended professional associations.

This is just a place to start, however. Are you a career professional who works specifically with cybersecurity (or other niche tech fields)? Please share your ideas for further research and networking!

 

Top Workplace Skills in 2017

If you aren’t familiar with LinkedIn’s annual list of employable skills, the 2017 edition is now available. Each year this professional social media platform uses the vast data available in the system to inform users about the future of work and what employers are looking for. How do they do it? In short, they organize those skills we all add to our profiles, categorize them, and then compare them to LinkedIn-based hiring and recruiting activities.

So, which skills will be in demand in the coming year? It may come as no surprise that tech-related items are heavily featured. The slideshow below also shows specific skills listed by country, and illustrates how each skill has moved up or down on the list since last year.

Are your students and clients trying to navigate the world of professional development to make themselves more marketable in an upcoming job search? Are you interested in augmenting your career development skills to expand your abilities using technology or even move into a new industry? This LinkedIn resource may be a good place to start.