Features

Addressing Practitioner Anxiety as it Relates to Technology

By Karen Armstrong and Pamela Watkins

Identifying reputable and relevant online career-related platforms often presents practitioners with anxiety. In this article, helpful steps to establishing an effective approach to identifying and evaluating quality online resources are explored.

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Counselor Educators & Researchers

Connecting Mental Health, Career Counseling and Culture for Asian Americans

By Elise Brown and Monica P. Band

Cultural values influence Asian Americans’ career decisions and career development. Understanding the myths surrounding Asian stereotypes as well as the occupational and economic diversity among the Asian American populations will assist in providing culturally competent career counseling. The authors provide recommendations of essential cultural considerations.

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Independent Practice

Surfacing Bias for Better Career Coaching

By David Hosmer

Unconscious biases exist in our coaching practices. While biases are normal, we should not accept them as such. As career practitioners, our unconscious biases might influence us in several ways. To help others we must first look inward. Our biases are rooted in complex filters, including background, cultural environment, and personal experiences. This article reviews some ways to surface and manage biases for new coaching potential.

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K-12

Group Career Counseling: An Effective Intervention for Increasing Soft Skills

By Carra Beam

Refined soft skills are highly sought assets by employers that high school graduates are missing. This article documents the benefits of group career counseling and encourages career specialists to consider this modality in high schools as it may be the most cost effective and time efficient approach for soft skills development.

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Post-Secondary

Accessible Experiential Learning: The Key to Student Success in the Future of Work

By Lindsay Purchase

A growing chorus of voices is calling for expanded experiential learning to help students develop necessary skills to thrive in the future world of work. However, to be successful, experiential learning must be accessible and linked to reflection on skills.

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Workplaces

Career Development, Vulnerable Populations and the Lens of Scarcity

By Elizabeth Robertson

The concept of scarcity addresses the perception of having less than you need and how that shapes choices and behaviors. In career development, scarcity has potential to inform challenging repeat behaviors witnessed with clients. This article offers practical considerations for nonprofits to guide coaching and program considerations with a lens of scarcity.

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NCDA News

How to Make the Most of Your NCDA Conference Experience

By Lakeisha Mathews

As the premier organization serving career practitioners and educators, NCDA strives to design a dynamic conference experience packed with learning, networking, and inspiration. Don't get overwhelmed with the vast opportunities offered at the conference - follow these strategies to make the most of your conference experience!

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Tech Tips

Virtual Assistants for $5

Whether you want assistance in keeping your business running smoothly or your client is looking for a short term gig to bring in some funds, Fiverr may be the resource you need. For as little as $5 you can get someone to help with a variety of administrative tasks or your clients can offer a sampling of their services. The actual amount one pays is based on the freelancer and services selected. In addition to virtual assistants, a variety of other services are available to keep your small business running like you have a big staff.

- Tip provided by Kathy Battee-Freeman, kathyy@uis.edu

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