Best Practices in Social Media

Thanks again to the Georgia Career Development Association for inviting us to participate in their 2017 Mini-Conference! We enjoyed the conversation that happened with attendees during this interactive session focused on social media. So many interesting ideas!

Social media use is at an all-time high, but making an impact across multiple platforms can be an unrealistic expectation. Where should you spend most of your time and energy? What are the most effective ways to participate? The “Technology Twins” present their suggestions for tools and tasks, and invite you to share your success stories and lessons learned, with colleagues in this informal session.

Top Trends Guiding Tech Use in Your Career Practice

We are grateful for the opportunity to present this session as the keynote at the Georgia Career Development Association‘s 2017 Mini-Conference! Thanks to the GCDA Board and Attendees for a warm welcome and great participation throughout the event.

Whether it’s purchasing a new smartphone, choosing online resources for a website, or creating a career-oriented podcast, technology decisions can be overwhelming. And the emergence of “new” and obsolescence of the “old” happen at what seems like an ever-quickening pace. In this session, the “Technology Twins” share their ideas about how digital tools and technology will influence career development activities in the coming years, and what you can do to make the most of them.

This presentation included several embedded videos. Please check out the list of links that appear below to explore. Additional links to other resources and examples appear on the slides.

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.

Use of Technology in Career Counseling

I recently had the opportunity to present at the Louisiana Career Development Association. Here are the slides:

 

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!