November is National Career Development Month

Enter the 52nd Annual Poetry & Poster Contest!

NCDA promotes career development through its annual celebration of National Career Development Month. Every November, career development professionals are encouraged to celebrate with career related activities. 

November 2017 is National Career Development Month

November 13-17, 2017 is National Career Development Week

November 15, 2017 is National Career Development Day


NCDA will celebrate National Career Development Day with the annual webinar. This year, the topic of the webinar is “The NCDA Credentialing Commission – Your Partner in Professional Development!” Presented by Constance Jenkins Pritchard, John Long and Cynthia Marco Scanlon, three members of the NCDA Credentialing Commission, the webinar is live on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 at 2:00-3:00pm (Central Time). Registration is required. Everyone can benefit from this detailed information session on the background, development, delivery and future goals for its five competency based certification programs for practitioners, educators and supervisors within the field of career development.


Again this year, NCDA is sponsoring an annual Poetry and Poster Contest. "Leading the Way to a Future Full of Possibilities" is the theme for this year's contest. Entries will be judged on how they celebrate and inspire career development with a positive tone while emphasizing the national theme. Download the 52nd Annual Poetry and Poster Contest brochure for complete details and deadlines. Practitioners are highly encouraged to enter whether you are in school or not. Your ideas are valuable and worth celebrating!



Every adult and student enrolled in public, private and parochial schools in states with participating NCDA state divisions is eligible. Contest divisions areas include:

Primary - grades K-2
Intermediate - grades 3-5
Middle - grades 6-8
Senior - grades 9-12
Adult Student - ages 18 and older, enrolled in school
Open Adult - ages 18 and older, not enrolled in school


The winning entries for each division will be recognized and displayed on the NCDA website, www.ncda.org, beginning in April, 2018, as well as at the Annual Global Career Development Conference to be held in Phoenix, AZ, June 21-23, 2018. National winners will also receive from the National Career Development Association, a special certificate and a congratulatory gift.



The images included with this article are just a few of the winners from past years. More ways to celebrate National Career Development Month are listed on the webpage (use Quick Links to find it fast). Additional professional development options are listed elsewhere on the website. Also, be sure to view the Calendar on the home page and click on View All Events to see Career Related Conferences.


How will you celebrate this year? Leave a Comment below!


For more information or questions about NCD Month and the contest, please contact the NCD Month Committee Chair, Leann Morgan at NCDmonth@ncda.org or lmorgan7@uccs.edu or Alicia Cheek, NCDA staff, at acheek@ncda.org

Ronda Branch 1st Place

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