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How Gamification Brings Joy and Motivation to Career Development

By Ronda Ansted

In the career field, “gamification” has often been understood as playing games about career topics. The reality is that gamification is so much more. It triggers our innate drives to succeed against all odds, to keep going, and to laugh when we “fail.”

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Counselor Educators & Researchers

Kindness and Mindset in Career Counseling

By Juliana Parker

Help clients see themselves from a strength-based perspective while identifying the potential mindset of people in client’s lives. This article explores the significance of self-limiting beliefs in the career exploration process. Adopting the mantra of “Be Kind to Yourself” addresses cognitive beliefs about abilities to pursue a career and fulfill aspirations.

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Independent Practice

Create a Social Media Marketing Strategy for Your Private Practice

By Jim Peacock

Social media has many free resources career practitioners can use to help build and maintain their private practice. This article describes strategies for using five social media platforms and two ways to organize them. Marketing is the key to driving customers/clients to your business so that you can help them create success.

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K-12

Workforce Counseling: A Conceptual Model to Better Prepare High School Students for the School to Work Transition

By Brian C. Preble

The world of work continues to change, requiring extensive career development in high school. Research was conducted and a model of workforce counseling developed. Comprised of five elements, workforce counseling proposes school-wide and systematic career development. School counselors maintain an active role, routinely incorporating career counseling in their practice.

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Post-Secondary

What Color is Your Parachute? 2017: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

Book Review by Earl J. Berksteiner

One of the most widely acclaimed career development and job search books ever written, What Color Is Your Parachute? has been through an annual revision every year since 1970 – a total of 47 years! The material in the book has been updated and changed with the times, making the book as extremely valuable a resource in 2017 as it was in 1970. Despite the sad death of Bolles in March 2017, the 2018 book will carry on the legacy.

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Workplaces

Successful Integration of Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) into the Workplace

By Deb Blankenship

Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome are increasingly being hired in the workplace, often to fill positions requiring highly specialized skills. For these individuals to succeed, employers and co-workers must be educated as to the specific needs of each individual. This article is designed to help the career counselor educate an employer on the more common strengths of individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome and ways to accommodate them for a win-win employment solution.

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NCDA News

New Board and New Fiscal Year

By Paul Timmins, NCDA President and Deneen Pennington, Executive Director

Immediately after welcoming new members to the NCDA Board on October 1, a planning meeting will be held to work on the future goals for the association. Members are encouraged to view documents on the website and meet Board members at the annual conference and up-coming Career Practitioner Institute.

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Tech Tips

Professional writing is a critical part of our work from sending email messages to creating content for career office websites. Students and clients also need to communicate without typos, misspellings, and poor grammar in their cover letters, resumes, and beyond. Grammarly  is a browser plug-in that constantly scans your typing, and highlights problems, as you work. With one click you can make immediate corrections based on Grammarly’s suggestions. This free application is available for use with Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer, and for MS Office.

 

Tip provided by Melissa A. Venable, PhD, melissa.a.venable@gmail.com

 

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