by Susan Gordon
My first professional job seemed like a dream come true; I was a programmer with IBM. I earned a nice salary, worked hard, and had great colleagues. But, I was not a happy camper. My life did not feel meaningful because my career did not hold meaning for me. Recently, the MCDA board joined together to plan for the upcoming year. While we enjoyed a beautiful September Saturday, creativity flowed. As we chatted about a theme for the conference, we became excited by the concept of what it is to have a meaningful career. I am delighted to announce that we are planning our year’s programming and conference around the theme of Meaningful Career, Meaningful Life.
If you are interested in speaking on a topic that is related to our theme, please see our call for program proposals and newsletter articles in this newsletter. Soon, you'll be receiving our call for conference proposals, as well. We look forward to reading your ideas. For further info on proposals for programming, you may contact Ronda Ansted, our President-Elect at email@example.com.
Speaking of programs, we hope you are able to join us as we kick off the year at our annual networking event, featuring Denise Reibman. October will also feature our collaboration with Barbara Bissonnette, who will provide a full day training on “Finding Employment that Works for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum Disorder.” I attended Barbara’s seminar last year, and found it really beneficial. Information on both events could be found in this newsletter.
Our conference Meaningful Career, Meaningful Life will be held once again in Columbia, Maryland, the dates are Thursday evening, April 28, and Friday, April 29. Mark your calendars, and consider what you might submit for a conference proposal.
Lastly, we have an exciting development to report: we are hiring a Virtual Assistant to help with our website and a variety of other administrative tasks for 5-25 hours per month. As you know, MCDA has been run exclusively by volunteers, all of us balancing work and family. It will be fantastic to have help with keeping the website up to date, getting the newsletter out, and in particular with conference coordination. My ongoing thanks to all the MCDA members who help to make sure we continue to thrive and provide professional development activities and networking to all of us. The VA will make it easier to focus on content!
We look forward to providing you with a year of opportunities to be engaged with MCDA. We’ll put together a variety of opportunities to connect and learn. If you have ideas you’d like to share, let me know! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a meaningful fall!
When: October 13, 2015 / 7:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Room 201, Greenbelt, MD 20770
What: “Networking” is a term that can bring anxiety and foreboding to career professionals and job-seekers alike. Although plenty of advice and strategies are available, by integrating positive psychology resources, the networking experience can shift into something that builds self-efficacy and creates possibilities. Denise Riebman, a positive psychology career coach, will provide us with a highly interactive evening using positive psychology to change the way we approach this most effective of job hunting strategies. Be sure to forward this to anyone who cringes or groans when entering a room full of strangers, and make sure you come yourself to learn how you can make networking a “positive" experience!
Who: Denise Riebman is a career development specialist who applies a strength-based, positive psychology framework towards inspiring individuals to find career happiness. Currently the Director of Career Development and Alumni Services at George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School, she has spent over 20 years working in the nonprofit and higher education sectors, specializing in career advancement, professional leadership, and community development. Since 2013, Denise has served as the National AmeriCorps Alum Career Coach where she shares career advice through national webinars and a career column. In 2014, she launched CareerHappinessCoach.com which offers individual coaching, workshops and consulting.
With certifications and training in Positive Psychology, Global Career Development Facilitation, Presence Based Coaching, Federal Careers and The Coaches Institute, Denise is deeply passionate about motivating people to see their potential and find fulfilling careers that impact the world for positive change. Denise has a PPM from the Muskie School of Public Service, USM.
How: To register, visit www.mdcareers.org.
(Autism Spectrum Disorder)
When: October 29, 2015 / 10:00am-4:30pm
Where: Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle, 21044
What: This seminar is designed specifically for career counselors, coaches, vocational rehabilitation and transition specialists, and other professionals who want to be better equipped to guide these students and clients. You will learn:
Who: Barbara Bissonnette is the Principal of Forward Motion Coaching. She specializes in career development coaching for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome. She is the author of three books including Helping Adults with Asperger's Syndrome Get & Stay Hired: Career Coaching Strategies for Professional & Parents of Adults on the Autism Spectrum.
*This event is eligible for NCDA CEs for the GDCF credential.
This event is not eligible for NBCC CEs.
How: To register, click here.
MCDA members receive a $30 discount off the registration fee.
Early Bird registration open until 10/9/2015!!
by Melanie Reinersman
NCDA is proud to announce the debut of the newly updated website, www.ncda.org and web magazine, www.careerconvergence.org. With ideas collected from members over the past several years, the upgrade provides a better experience for all those NCDA serves in the field of career development. As always, the website is the face and first contact of NCDA, with the aim to remain inspiring and empowering!
September 1, 2015 marked the debut of the new NCDA website. Visitors will immediately notice numerous visual changes to the pages and layout, while experiencing behind-the-scenes changes that increase efficiency, services and ease of use. Additionally, a newly updated mobile-friendly site is available. Members also benefit from new online services.
NCDA will continue to make the website the “face and first contact of NCDA,” as described by Rich Feller, NCDA President, 2012-13. The high traffic volume, per hit rate analytics, shows an extensive number of people served (both members and non-members). According to Deneen Pennington, NCDA Executive Director, the NCDA tech contractor and website host, TCS Software, “manages a number of websites, including many that we have referred to them. Their client list is impressive, so for them to say we are at the “top of the traffic list” is quite remarkable.” We anticipate that the traffic will continue to grow on the website and mobile-friendly site.
Members and visitors can attend live demonstrations of the new website at the Career Practitioner Institute in Vancouver in October 2015 and New Orleans in February 2016, as well as at the NCDA Global Career Development Conference in Chicago in June 2016. An online Tour/Tutorial will also be available in 2016. These presentations will showcase new site's extensive resources, ease of use, and value to both members and non-members.
In the future, NCDA will continue to collect feedback and ideas for potential website changes. The site is designed to be dynamic to meet the ever-changing needs of our members and the clients they serve. Career Convergence, the NCDA web magazine, provides evidence that changes in the field of career development are continuously occurring and NCDA aims to keep abreast of them. The Board is working hard to make NCDA an outstanding association to meet the needs of all the groups we serve. We want to make sure all members understand and know what we are doing. The detailed long term plan is on the NCDA website.
Call for Submissions
By Ronda Ansted
Are you interested in presenting something under this year’s theme, Meaningful Careers, Meaningful Life? If so, we want to hear from you! If you have ideas for a skill-builders workshop, a networking event, or a webinar, please express your interest using this online form: http://goo.gl/forms/E4cEruocPW. If you’d like to host an informal networking get-together in your area, we can publicize it if you host it. We’re hoping to give members even more opportunities to get together, learn from each other, and network. Please be in touch and make this year meaningful!
Ronda Ansted, DM
What does your work space say to you? What does it say about you to others? Does it say, “I’m committed to being here. I feel energized in this space. Innovation happens here.” Or, does it say, “I’m unsettled. I’m unmotivated. I’m stuck.”
Our work environment contributes to how we work and what messages we send to others about the experience they might have with us. A recent Forbes article shares that approximately 80% of what we perceive or experience is based upon the visual sense of our environment. As a Career Coach I hope to create a safe and inviting atmosphere for students and alumni; a place where they feel open to explore and create.
Here are 3 tips for Designing an Inspirational Workspace:
1. Make It Your Own and Get Inspired
2. Tell a Story
When thinking about your current work or study space, what changes would you like to make? Your workspace matters; it creates identity, can promote productivity, and sends a message to others about what you’re all about.
When: December 8, 2015 / 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Where: Silver Springs, exact place TBD
by Krasi Shapkarova, MCDA Newsletter Editor
Greetings MCDA colleagues!
hope you've had a wonderful summer. I am still looking for MCDA members
interested in contributing to the newsletter. If you are interested
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