Dear MCDA Members and Friends,
As we moving into spring, I hope 2013 is turning out to be a great year for you. It’s hard to believe that the conference is just around the corner and that we are more than halfway through our program year. By the time the next issue of this newsletter is published, it will be July and you will have a new President, Berri Wells. I hope that you will continue to support MCDA and help make her year a successful one.
Thanks for all who responded to our recent survey. We gathered very useful information that will be utilized for future planning. We are now able to see what services and topics are most desired. Our Membership Chair, Elda Schwartz was the person behind the idea and she has been contacting everyone who expressed an interest in getting more involved Marilyn Maze provided a useful summary of the data. Please see that article below for more details.
Looking at the presidential goals set out for this year, some have been met and others are still in progress. I will give a brief summary below and ask for your input and help in getting involved to help move MCDA forward
Conference - Thanks to everyone who took advantage of the early bird special! We still need a few people to register to reach our goal of 100 attendees at this year’s conference. We will be seeking your feedback on various aspects of the conference – did you like having it in April and avoiding those snow days in January? Was the location hospitable and convenient? Did you know that currently every incoming President has to decide where to hold the conference for the next year? In fact, we have not held the conference at the same place two years in a row. As you can imagine this creates a lot of work, beyond running the organization itself, and it would be much easier for future planning to establish a regular conference site. In this regard, we have committed to holding our 2014 conference at the Columbia Doubletree the evening of April 24 and all day on Friday April 25, 2014. However, we have not committed to timing and locations beyond 2014, so your feedback will be important on this topic.
Increasing volunteers – Being an all-volunteer organization is challenging, especially in this day and age when everyone is overloaded with life. However, if we don’t have volunteers, we can’t continue to operate effectively. If you have an interest in getting more involved, please contact me so we can see where your talents best fit. You can also go to our online brochure that provides more information on all of our committees. http://data.memberclicks.com/site/macda/MCDA_Committee_Brochure.pdf
Increasing membership – We have gained new members but lost some former ones. Our system does send out multiple renewal notices but sometime they go in people’s junk mail and technology is not always perfect. Please check to see if your membership is outdated and renew. Let us know if you have not gotten notice but would like to renew. Also, let us know if you have not renewed because you were disappointed in MCDA and how we can work to improve and earn you back. Please contact Elda at MCDA.Membership@MDCareers.org with these questions or comments.
Communications –This year we have sent out quarterly issues of the MCDA Wellspring and will plan to continue this. Receiving a newsletter was one of the top services people requested in the survey. In terms of social media, we are working towards our goal to increase our numbers on all social media sites. As of this writing, our stats are 266 LinkedIn group members. 221 Twitter followers and 49 Facebook likes (our survey results mirrored reality with a strong interest in our LinkedIn group and the least interest in connecting on Facebook). Also, based on our survey, there was slightly more support for keeping our LinkedIn page open to all career professionals so we will continue to keep it that way for now.
Programming – Our survey showed a strong interest in networking events and this year we have focused on holding these types of in-person events. We have had three Meet and Greets and will continue to have them on a regular basis but now they are called Third Thursdays. These will offer a chance for members to get together and potential members to see what MCDA is all about. The next one will be the evening of April 18th as part of our conference program. If you have a topic to present or a meeting space to offer for a future Third Thursday or a contact hour workshop, please contact Berri Wells at MCDA.PElect@MDCareers.org.
Collaboration – We continue to work with the Maryland Association of Counseling and Development (MACD) to support each other’s efforts. Don’t forget that they are hosting Mark Savikas on May 4 (for more information, look under the Upcoming Events section). The Mid-Atlantic Career Counseling Association (MACCA) and MCDA recently made an agreement to share information about each other’s conferences and Nancy Fink was designated as a liaison between our organizations. Thanks for Jay Stewart of Maryland Works who helped publicize our conference online and in his newsletter. Also, a partnership was solidified between Intern Bridge and MCDA, which will offer discount to MCDA members on their workshops and resources. See the separate article below.
Strategic planning – This was not one of the goals I set out for this year but after serving MCDA the past few years, it seems obvious that some strategic planning would help our organization improve and grow. I would like to throw out the idea of setting up a Strategic Planning Task Force to work on this. Would you like to join me on this? If you want to help MCDA continue and move forward in the coming years, please contact me at MCDA.President@MDCareers.org.
As always, thank you for your support of MCDA. Please send me any feedback on the ideas I have mentioned above. I hope to see you in person at one of our spring events!
Paula Brand, GCDF, CPRW, JCTC
MCDA President 2012-2013
MCDA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
As you may know, we are holding our Annual Conference on the evening of Thursday, April 18 and all day on Friday, April 19, 2013 at the Doubletree Hotel in Columbia, Maryland. This year’s theme is “Navigating Maryland’s Workforce, Employers & Careers: A Sea of Opportunity.” Thursday evening provides a banquet, a panel with prominent career professionals and two contact hours. Friday starts off with a keynote by Rich Feller, LPC, PhD & NCDA President and provides up to five contact hours with an array of excellent topics and speakers. For more information, go to our conference webpage: http://www.mdcareers.org/2013-mcda-conference.
MACD/SERVC MAY EVENT
MACD/SERVC is planning a Spirituality Workshop on Saturday, May 4th at Loyola’s Timonium Campus from 8:30 to 2:30. The morning speaker will be Mark Savikas, who is nationally known for his contributions to the career development field. The afternoon will offer additional sessions on using creative arts to enhance counseling efforts. For more information, go to www.mdcounseling.org.
The National Career Development Association (NCDA) Annual Conference is holding its Annual Conference in Boston, MA this July 8-10. This year is the 100th anniversary of NCDA and the theme is Creating Hope, Social Justice and Legacy. Next year will be in CA so attend while it’s close. For more details go to http://www.ncda.org/aws/NCDA/pt/sp/conference_home
Want to Learn More About DiSC?
Attend professional development, hands on workshop, where you will:
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 9:00 am – Noon
Presented By: Berri Wells, MS – Turning Point Solutions
Host Site: Freedom Manor – Conference, Meeting and Training Facility
10905 Livingston Road, Ft. Washington, MD 20744
Continental Breakfast and Coffee Break Included
Until May 3 After May 3
Members $80 $100
Non Members $100 $120
Student/Retiree $60 $80
Questions?Contact Berri Wells at MCDA.Pelect@mdcareers.org
"Minutes from MCDA Board Meetings dating back to mid-2008 are available for review at http://www.mdcareers.org/bylaws--minutes. We strive to have minutes posted within two weeks of each meeting."
MCDA has some noteworthy members on the move this July! We would like to recognize our members who are presenting at the National Career Development Association (NCDA) Annual Conference this year:
Ellen Paquette Weaver,
Janet Wall and
Many of these speakers are also presenting at MCDA in April so if you can’t make it to Boston, come see them in Columbia, MD.
Lakeisha Mathews has been promoted to Associate Director of Career Services at the University of Maryland University College where she oversees Employer Relations and Special Programs. Lakeisha is also the recipient of a 2013 Professional Development Scholarship from the Maryland Career Consortium and will be studying to obtain her MBTI certification.
Lakeisha M. Mathews, CPCC, CPRW, GCDF, CFJST, CFCC
Associate Director, Career Services
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 Paula Brand at MCDA.President@MDCareers or Berri Wells 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.
Answers to the MCDA Crossword Puzzle from our last issue
Are you a Member of MCDA who teaches GCDF/GCDFi classes? If so, MCDA would like to hear from you. We plan to add a page on our website listing GCDF/GCDFi classes offered by our members. If you would like to be listed, please provide your name, e-mail, phone number, a brief description of your classes (locations held, how often, etc.) and a link to your website page listing the GCDF/GCDFi classes (if applicable). Please send your information to MCDA.website@MDCareers.org.
Intern Bridge is pleased to announce its partnership with the Maryland Career Development Association (MCDA).
Through this partnership, MCDA members are entitled to discounted programs and services delivered through Intern Bridge.
Intern Bridge is a content hub relating to all of the facets of college recruiting. We provide the tools and resources necessary for employers to attract, recruit and retain the best and brightest talent, and for career services to maximize their effectiveness when working with students and employers. It is our strong belief that all organizations can benefit from an effectively planned and properly structured internship and career services programs and Intern Bridge is committed to assisting employers and career services in facilitating a successful transition for the student from college to the world-of-work.
Please visit this very special page dedicated to this new relationship - http://internbridge.com/mcda
Have you heard of JibberJobber.com? As a career professional, you should get to know this website. The site was created by Jason Alba after he was laid off in the IT field. He used his technical expertise to create an excellent tool for job seekers, career professionals and people interested in managing their careers. Besides offering a motivational blog and useful resources for job search, the main feature of JibberJobber offers a tool to organize and manage your contacts and networking activities. The system allows you to track contacts, create reminders of when to follow up with someone and easily stay in touch with others. You can simply say this is a replacement to the archaic job search spreadsheet. There are basic and premium levels of service. Right now, Jason is offering a free year of the premium level to MCDA members. To active this special, contact Lizbeth at firstname.lastname@example.org and state that you are an MCDA member.
Let’s start with Yahoo! Developed in 1994 by two electrical engineering PhD candidates at Stanford (David Filo and Jerry Yang), it was originally called "David's and Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web.” Not very catchy, so they came up with “Yahoo!” - easily remembered and, more importantly, they identified with the definition of a yahoo: "rude, unsophisticated, uncouth" (for data junkies like me, also the name of repulsive beings created by Jonathan Swift for his book Gulliver’s Travels).
The Yahoo name became an acronym for "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle,” eventually acquiring the interpretation “You Always Have Other Options” as well. To quote former Yahoo! employee Ellen Simonoff, "People worked hard and ran fast because they realized they always had to stay ahead of the competition, … In those days, you couldn't get your clothes on fast enough to get to work. And you couldn't find a spot in the employee parking lot on Saturdays."
Now, on to the Pareto Principle – also known as the 80–20 rule. Simply stated, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. Once again, to satisfy the incurably curious among us (OK, me!), this rule came from business management consultant Joseph M. Juran, naming it after the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who observed in 1906 that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population. Pareto developed the principle by observing that 20% of the pea pods in his garden contained 80% of the peas.
Now, to put these two diverse topics together. In their excellent book The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers, authors Citrin and Smith invoke what they call the “20/80 Principle of Performance.” In order to distinguish yourself, move beyond your assigned tasks (80%) to impact the organization at extraordinary levels (20%). Invest time going beyond your job description to grow as an individual and an employee.
When you do so, you continue to add value to your organization, enhance your professional development and create situations where you are able to contribute in new and significant ways.
And, if for any reason you and your organization decide to part ways in the future, “You Always Have Other Options.”
Well, DO you?!
Barry L. Davis, MS, CTC, MCDP, is Director of Career Services for LMA Consulting Group. Holding a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Millersville University, he is designated a Master Career Development Professional by the National Career Development Association. Over his 20+ year career, Barry has worked with thousands of people in diverse industries in dealing with the age-old question "What do I want to be when I grow up?", whether they are taking their first career steps or transitioning into a new field entirely.
Barry will be presenting at our Annual Conference on April 19th. Come hear him share how you can increase your chances of being lucky.