National Career Development Month-It’s Not Too Late!

Today is the last day of National Career Development Month. Don’t worry if it snuck up on you – there’s still time to participate and promote career development – and what better way to do that than via technology!?! Here are some ideas:

  • LinkedIn
    • Update your profile.
    • Join a professional group and/or make a post or comment in one of these.
    • Explore converting a presentation to slideshare.
    • Personalize your LinkedIn address
    • Include that address in your email signature
  • Play with Apps
    • Browse through the apps that are hot now.
    • Consider how they might be adapted for career counseling.
  • Read NCDA’s Tech Tips
  • Get ready for next year’s CD month by putting it on your calendar – always in November! Read here for some ideas. Consider updating that list and submitting to Career Convergence to inspire others.
  • While at Career Convergence, take a few minutes to browse through the archives to learn something new.
  • Tweet or retweet something related to career development.
  • Engage in the rage – do a mannequin challenge that demos your career-related work.

Finally, take a minute and encourage others to invest in their own career development, whether it’s sprucing up their resume, reaching out to their network to keep connected, or looking at new job posts to see what’s out there and think about how to stay current.


Explore the TCC Worldwide Online Conference

online conferenceWe’re all faced with limited professional development resources these days. Fortunately, there are several online learning experiences that allow us to both develop our skills and share our expertise and experience with others. The TCC Worldwide Online Conference is one of these events. (TCC = Teaching Colleges and Community)

TCC is organized by Learning Times and the Learning Design and Technology (LTEC) Department of the College of Education at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. It’s a professional conference that is run completely online! I’ve attended and presented at this conference multiple times over the years and highly recommend it to those who are active in a wide range of education, technology, and student support efforts.

April 18-20, 2017

Here are a few highlights you can expect this year:

  • Program theme: Changing to Learn, Learning to Change
  • An active social media backchannel: #tcc22nd
  • Keynote sessions scheduled across time zones
  • Recorded sessions
  • Participation badges and virtual networking opportunities
  • Affordable access (early bird registration is $99)
  • A student friendly event with graduate student presentations

Submit a proposal! CFP – December 27, 2016

“This year, the conference staff will continue to highlight best choices, model practices, and research related to trending topics in online learning, mobile learning, networking, collaboration and emerging technologies.” Topics related to career counseling, coaching, and development might include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Enabling student collaboration, creativity, and advocacy
  • Distance learning programs and practices
  • Social media tools and applications
  • Online student services and advising
  • Blogging and micro-blogging experiences
  • Professional development for faculty and staff

Follow @TCCHawaii for more information and updated information. And consider participating in this conference as an attendee or presenter.

NCDA Conference

Ready to learn from your career colleagues? Tomorrow is the deadline for submitting a conference presentation proposal for NCDA. It is an exciting time to hear about what colleagues are considering for presentations. Of course, the tech twins are submitting one on last week’s blog, focused on how to create infographics for career service delivery. Here are some others I’ve heard about:

  • How career readiness impacts one’s ability to locate/evaluate/use career information, and how career information training impacts perceived value of career information.
  • Application and demonstration of Cognitive Information Processing Theory in practice.
  • The impact of a counselor-free intervention using the Self-Directed Search.
  • Transferable skills in the workplace for recent grads
  • CIP curriculum in a K12 guidance setting
  • Motivational interviewing in career services
  • Impact of a career course on career decision state
  • …and more!

These are just a few I’ve heard about. While there’s no guarantee that all of these will be accepted, just anticipating the number of fantastic topics NCDA attendees will have available to them at the Orlando conference is like anticipating a great feast. The Tech Twins encourage you to submit proposals for the conference (we have a slight preference for tech-like proposals), so that we and others can learn from you.

Also, in prep for the conference, came across this piece about the 15 types of people you might meet at a conference. Do they capture them all? If not, what’s missing – and more importantly, which one are you? No matter who you identify with, we hope to meet you there!