Greetings from the board of the Maryland Career Development Association!
As we all prepare for the upcoming MCDA Annual Conference, we take a moment to reflect on some events and activities we've enjoyed so far this year. In November, Marcia Hall led our members in a lively, engaging networking workshop. Our seasoned career coaches and counselors all learned something new about how to approach networking situations. We put our skills to work the next month during our Holiday Extravaganza at the Columbia Ale House, where two dozen of our members found that while it was an "icy mix" outside, it was a mix of warm and fun people inside.
MCDA members have been building our skills in 2015! In January, Karen Chopra engaged us in an interactive exploration of boundaries. Through active discussion, we learned how to identify issues that are routed in poor boundary setting, and how to guide our clients through the process of setting firm boundaries. In February, recruiter Adrienne Alberts provided us with an insider's view of "What Keeps Employers Up at Night." If you couldn't attend the workshop, you can read about it in this newsletter.
In keeping with our conference theme of change, be sure to read MCDA member Johari Rashad's article on transitioning to retirement, -- where Johari challenges you to consider are you practicing what you preach?
MCDA's fiscal year ends June 30, which means it is recruiting season for MCDA officers. We hope you'll consider joining our board. Nominations due April 30 see the article in this newsletter for more details.
MCDA would like to take a moment to thank Bruce Wahlgren of the Workforce Excellent Group for his incredible work to organize our upcoming conference. Bruce has led the team in putting this together and has created a conference that offers excellent opportunities for learning and connecting. Thank you, Bruce!
We look forward to seeing you at the conference!
The MCDA Officers
Carolyn Owens, President
Sue Gordon, President-Elect
Maria Schaeffer, Treasurer
Rebecca Benner, Secretary
MCDA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
As you may know, we are holding our Annual Conference on the evening of Thursday, April 23 and all day on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Doubletree Hotel in Columbia, Maryland. This year’s theme is "Tradition vs. Innovation: Developing Career Pathways in a Rapidly Changing World" The conference starts Thursday evening with an optional session that includes dinner and a keynote presentation by Seth Hayden on career transition considerations for veterans.
MCA April Event on the DSM-V
The Maryland Counseling Association is sponsoring a workshop on the DSM-V. The purpose of this workshop is to integrate information regarding DSM-5 using a case study approach. New and frequently used diagnoses such as major depressive disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), bi-polar disorder, trauma and anxiety disorders will be discussed.
The National Career Development Association (NCDA) Annual Conference is holding its Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado, June 29-July 2. This year is the theme is "Reimagining Life's Possibilities: Celebrating First Jobs through Encore Careers." For more details go to http://www.ncda.org/aws/NCDA/pt/sp/conference_home
Skillbuilder: Building your Linkedin and Social Media Skills
Attend professional development, hands on workshop, where you will:
Thursday, June 11 - 9:00 am – Noon
Presented By: Sue Gordon, MS, NCC, MCDA President Elect and Paula Brand, MCDA Past President (2013)
Host Site: Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD- just 15 minutes from the bridge
Continental Breakfast and Coffee Break Included
Questions?Contact Sue Gordon at MCDA.Pelect@mdcareers.org
MCDA needs your help! We are seeking a Webmaster and other volunteer positions
We are seeking a Webmaster! If you possess good technical skills and would like to keep our website up to date, please let me know. MCDA needs more volunteers on committees but also in Chair positions. Every Committee welcomes new members. If you are interested in joining or leading a committee, please contact Carolyn Owens at MCDA.President@MDCareers or Sue Gordon at MCDA.PElect@MDCareers.org
Greet spring while putting a spring in your step by adding to your skill set. MCDA has been offering online courses to put a bounce in your abilities and update your capabilities. The three online courses are Occupational Information for the Career Advisor, Hidden Gems, and Working in the Green Economy. Successful completion of these courses earns you CEU clock hours for your recertification and professional development. Sign up at www.mdcareers.org by clicking on “Professional Dev” and then select the course you want to take. Keep watching our website and newsletter because we hope to offer you more of these types of professional development opportunities in the near future.
For those in the career training/development/counseling/coaching business, this is a legitimate question. You know the old saying about the shoemaker’s children always going barefoot? How many of us have trained/counseled/coached others about the importance of planning for career transitions, but don’t follow that advice ourselves? Especially when the transition is a major one like retirement!
We know all the theories, steps, processes, etc., required for making successful career transitions, but do we practice what we preach? I’m willing to bet that a lot of my colleagues were/are scared, confused and foot-dragging when it came/comes to managing your own transition from full-time employment to retirement—even if retirement means starting or expanding your own business.
“Begin with the end in mind” is the philosophy that guided my recent retirement from the Federal Government in May 2014 after a 38-year career. I knew that I liked teaching and I loved helping people to start, navigate and manage their careers in the Federal Government. After carefully thinking about how I could combine my interests, skills, experiences and education to create a retirement life that would be fulfilling and lucrative, I decided that the best options would be to teach at the college level and/or open my own consulting practice. Since most collegiate teaching positions require a doctorate—even for adjunct professors—I enrolled part-time in a doctoral program 30 years before my retirement date and graduated 17 years before I retired. I was prepared when an opportunity to teach at a local college presented itself in 2005. By the time I retired, I had nine years of college teaching experience.
I started my consulting business, JMR Training Solutions, LLC in May 2014, right after my retirement. I continue to teach at the college I started with in 2005 and am currently looking at other adjunct teaching positions. My current “retirement” career seems to be going just as I had hoped—and planned.
Dr. Beverly Kaye once said that “career management is when preparation meets opportunity.” If you’re approaching a career milestone like retirement, advance preparation isn’t just recommended—it’s critical. We say that to our clients all the time, but do we do it? Take a look in the mirror: are YOU one of the shoemaker’s kids?