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updated 2/14/17

Featured resource for February from James Westhoff

StemCareer is a resource for counselors, educators, and students that has a wealth of resources to learn about and pursue careers in stem.  You can find training, education, scholarships, and career information that can help your clients pursue some of the fastest growing careers. Go to stemcareer.com to see all of the available resources.

Featured Resource for January from James Westhoff
 
My Skills My Future is part of the America’s One Stop website from the U.S. Department of Labor.  Go to myskillsmyfuture.org and you can type in job title into this system and it will give you related occupations to explore through the ONET system.  I have found this site helpful working with people that have been laid off or downsized after many years on the job.
 
Featured Resource for December
O*NET Academy from Haley Brown
ONET Academy is a great resource for career, workforce development, educator, and economic development professionals.  It has videos, podcasts, classes, and much more information on how best to implement ONET’s resources for our clients.  Click on the link above to discover all of the resources.
 
Karen McGrady adds: “I use O*NET regularly with my high school students. The website is user friendly, and the O*NET Academy is great background. 

Featured Resource for October

Featured Resource of the Month: Free Articles from Elisabeth Sanders-Park WorkNet Solutions website. Elisabeth is the NCDA Practitioner of the Year, and will present at the Fall Workshop!

 

Click here to see many free articles written by Elisabeth Sanders-Park on helping clients with barriers to their career development.  There are 23 free articles available on this we

Featured Resource for August

Featured Resource for August from Kate Axelson-Foster:  www.buzzfile.com
 
The featured resource for this month is Buzzfile: (www.buzzfile.com). This is a completely free online database which allows users to search companies by state and by

common majors those companies hire. This unique tool providesinformation currently not provided by any other resource, including the address of the company, the number of employees, the type, the industry, contact information, links to the organization website, nearby resources, and more. Although this site is not a job board, it provides a wealth of useful information for job seekers to uncover unlisted job potential.  Career service professionals can utilize this tool with clients to sort through 18 million U.S. businesses and save favorites to develop targeted prospective employer lists. Small businesses can also use this resource to analyze markets and create prospect lists. I have been using Buzzfile for the past few years with my students and they have been thrilled with the number of options they have discovered. This resource encourages job seekers to think outside of the box and apply more creative approaches to their job searching strategies.  I recommend checking it out.

 

Featured Resource for May from James Westhoff via Sabrina Woods: www.calm.com

On Friday, April 29th I participated in two great workshops presented by Sabrina Woods to our MCDA group.  She shared a website that she often uses for herself or for her clients to get to a more calm state.  It is www.calm.com.  It provides quiet scenic scenes when you are in need of some calming influences.  Check it out for yourself and for the people you work with.

Featured Resource for March from Haley Brown: A Federal Government Resource On How to Apply to Government Jobs

The federal government has created a website called HR University.  This website contains videos and written material on how to apply for federal jobs.  There is an incredible amount of material here that will be very helpful to us as practitioners and to our clients who are trying to put their best foot forward in a very difficult process.  Click here to access the many resources.

 

Featured Resource for February from Geneva Meservey, MCDA Board Member

Article review of the new Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and how practitioners can use it to help low income clients. Click to read:

http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/pages/wioa-creates-new-opportunities-to-improve-economic-and-career-success-for-low-income-youth-and-adults

Featured Resource for January: goodcall.com by James Westhoff, MCDA Board President

Goodcall.com is a free resource to all that focuses on helping people find scholarships for college.  It also contains news articles about the education landscape and policy development.  In addition, it has articles and research on career fields and demographic trends.  After my brief look at this resource, I intend to take a more in depth look at Goodcall.com.

Featured Resource for November by Leslie Smith, MCDA Board Member

The best job search resources on Twitter

I was just reading this post and thought this could be a nice featured resource. I have used Twitter for a while but have gotten more serious about it over the summer and I can verify that a number of these accounts are VERY helpful.  Click here for this article on the 40 best Twitter accounts that focus on the job search process.

Featured Resource for June

Submitted by Karen McGrady, MCDA Board Committee member and Career Pathways teacher at Nokomis High School.

A terrific resource to feature is our upcoming conference!!

In his book Luck is No Accident renowned career theorist and “Living Legend in Counseling” John Krumboltz quotes Garrison Keillor, “Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see that it is what you would have wanted had you known.” Now say that again, nice and slowly, just like Garrison would on his radio show! Doesn’t that make perfect sense?

One of the most important skills we can teach our students is how to be ready and able to adapt positively to life changes we can’t control.

Being ready and able to act on “happenstance” means being open to possibilities and learning how to make the most of the opportunities that result from both the serendipitous and the calamitous. And that idea is pretty freeing to my 9th graders, struggling to figure out who they are let alone what they “want to be when they grow up.”

I am so excited to have the chance to see Dr. Krumboltz in-person at the MCDA conference on June 19th at Colby College.  If you haven’t yet signed up, do it now. There’s a link from our home page!

Featured Resource for May

submitted by MCDA Board member Peter Osborne, Career Counselor/Employment Specialist at University of Maine Farmington

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam Grant

For me, I didn’t need to be told or convinced that those who give in this world end up more successful than those who take or seek to be paid back for everything they do. Grant splits up the world into three types of people: givers, takers, and matchers. Givers are those people who generally give freely of themselves to others without expectation of getting anything in return, takers are those who generally seek things from others, and matchers are people who live by the principle of reciprocity – you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours. Perhaps what was most enlightening for me with this book was not the idea that givers are more likely to experience success, but how that happens. Grant does this through telling the stories of givers, takers, and matchers and citing research relevant to these ideas. Adam Grant is a wonderful, accessible, and smart writer, and is a leading organizational psychologist at the Wharton Business School.

Learn more about this book or purchase it: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16158498-give-and-take

 

Featured Resource for April

submitted by Bill Stone, MCDA Board Member and Consultant, Promising Futures

Communicating With Your Clients

According to Bob Keteyian of Interpersonal Communication Consulting, there are four domains involved in successfully building and maintaining business relationships:

  • Authority: staying focused on the process. It’s all about leadership.
  • Collegiality: working together towards a common goal. It’s all about the relationship(s).
  • Empathy: looking from the client’s point of view. It’s all about trust.
  • Education: understanding what is happening and why. It’s all about the story.

Bob uses this model with his clients and conducts workshops on his four domain approach to communication.

Authority

As career helpers, our clients come to us for our expertise. The best way to establish our authority and avoid the need to overtly exercise it is to communicate proactively with the client. That means staying connected even when there isn’t anything critical to be communicated. Maintaining the relationship requires staying in touch; asking open-ended questions so you can anticipate problems, demonstrate your commitment, and lead—not just when a problem arises.

Collegiality

As career helpers we are charged with leading the process. We must, however, also collaborate, which requires us to be open and transparent as we work together. Listening carefully and incorporating their ideas (when appropriate) can strengthen the outcome.

It’s important to articulate and reinforce shared purpose with our clients by continually taking stock of what’s needed in the relationship: Is this a time to emphasize the collegial nature of our relationship or the authority? Both are important and not necessarily exclusive of one another. It’s a matter of proportion depending on the circumstances. This means you have to know the client well enough to make this judgment call.

Empathy

Job seekers are under pressure. They have responsibilities and forces at play that we can’t always be privy to, but we must make sure they know we do truly care. It can be complex to demonstrate caring on a personal level, yet be accountable to future career decision making.

Education

In our client relationships, teaching means articulating a process, continually reinforcing strategy, and remembering to tell and re-tell the story. Avoid losing track of the bigger picture: Why are we doing what we are doing right now at this time? Why is it important? How did we get here? What is guiding us and why?

Summary

Keteyian suggests using the diagram [below] for self-reflection and as a reality check both when you’re stuck and proactively to make sure you’re clear in your roles and not overemphasizing one area at the expense of another. Keteyian is the author of Do You Know What I Mean, Tools for Building Successful Relationships, available on Amazon. He recently published an article in Fast Company, The 4 Essential Elements to Getting Your Point Across. He can be reached at [email protected] and through his web site, www.robertketeyian.com.

Robert V. Keteyian

Interpersonal Communication Consulting

Featured Resource for March

submitted by Tom Novak, MCDA Membership Chair

The Top 10 Job Board Sites for Job-Seekers

www.quintcareers.com/top_10_sites.html

Not too long ago I was asked, “What are some good websites to look at for general job postings?” The person was not currently looking for a job but wanted to know what was “out there.” I told her that I really have not searched on a “general job posting site” in some time but I would get back to her. Since I usually direct individuals to job specific, industry specific, location specific, or organization specific sites I was at a loss after I named a few. Well, that is where I came upon Quintessential Careers listing of their Top 10 sites. Quintessential Careers mission is “to provide the content, tools, and motivation to empower people to achieve their educational goals, find their true career passion, obtain their ideal job, and be successful at their work.” I have found them to be a very helpful site in regards to career planning, education, and job searching over the years. To get more information on their overall site please go to: www.quintcareers.com/home. Now getting back to the Top 10 Job Seeker sites…they are

  1. Indeed.com
  2. Careerbuilder.com
  3. Collegerecruiter.com
  4. Monster.com
  5. Simplyhired.com
  6. linkup.com
  7. us.jobs
  8. jobing.com
  9. net-temps.com
  10. jobcentral.com

Happy surfing!

Featured Resource for February

MCDA Board member Leigh Mundhenk, PhD reviews a resource to use with students and clients.

I have recently been introduced to StrengthsQuest, developed from work done by Gallup 30 years ago, and am very impressed with its potential in guiding students in major/career selection. After doing a 30 minute assessment, students determine their top five (out of 34) themes. Identifying these themes can help students discover talents that they can build on to achieve academic and career success. The assessment is done online. Users receive an access code once they have purchased either the online ($10) or print version of the book ($20), &StrengthsQuest: Discover and Develop Your Strengths in Academics, Career, and Beyond.& What makes this assessment different from others that we use in career development is its focus on identifying strengths (versus skills, values, and interests). I took the assessment myself, and found it very helpful. 

Featured Resource for December

Submitted by

Amy Jaffee, MCDA Board Member

Career Counselor

Heart At Work Associates
Career Counseling and Outplacement Services for Your Life Stage

 

As we embark on the month of December I’m reminded of how this is such a busy time of year. There is so much extra on my personal to-do list, but at the same time I want to be ever-present for my clients’ needs, who may find this season particularly stressful. If you’re like me, you are probably trying to find the balance between what is expected of you, with all that you want to do. And somewhere, in each day, we also need to take care of ourselves.

In that spirit, this month’s Southern Maine career cafe discussion is dedicated to Work/Life balance — for both ourselves and our clients.

If you can’t be there on Thursday because, “hey, life’s just so busy right now,” we understand! Perhaps this article by Nora Frederickson, will help. In her guest blog on Sharon Teitelbaum’s website (http://www.stcoach.com/) she explores an alternative strategy to re-working the schedule. Instead of trying to find the ever-elusive “more time“, she suggests applying the technique of mindfulness. I found this particularly helpful; I hope you do too. blog (http://www.stcoach.com/blog/).

 

Featured Resource for November

Submitted by Peter Osborne, University of Maine at Farmington and MCDA Board member

For those career development professionals who work with clients to prepare for job interviews, and may even engage in mock interviewing, finding appropriate questions for a specific industry or position may occasionally prove a challenge. Ready Prep Interview (http://www.readyprepinterview.com) could be a good resource to start! The website caters to job-seekers and employers by providing a searchable database of potential interview questions for specific positions. For example, a job-seeker could navigate to the website, search for “teacher,” and be treated to an exhaustive list of job titles from “preschool teacher” to “director of teacher education.” The job-seeker then clicks on the job title that most closely matches their interests and then may choose the 10, 20, or 30 top interview questions associated with that occupation. The job-seeker can easily print the questions for individual study.

As a college career professional, I have used this resource as a foundation for mock interview questions, supplementing them with my own questions based on the specific position and researched information about the organization. The website also offers short articles and readings about interviewing, and job-seekers and career professionals alike may find it a useful resource for interview preparation!
Featured Resource for October

Submitted by James Westhoff and Morgan Connolly: Using Word Clouds to help clients

We are using word cloud generators like Wordle.net or Worditout.com to help clients write their resumes towards job descriptions.  If you go to one of these websites you can put an entire job description in and it will come out with a word cloud showing you the most prominent words in that description.  These are free websites and you just provide the text and the word cloud is automatically generated.  It is often the action verbs that are most prominent and this has been very effective in working with clients to help them focus their resumes.

 

Featured Resource for September

MCDA President Jim Peacock has reviewed a book you will want to read before attending the Fall Workshop, as the author is our workshop presenter! Check out the MCDA homepage for more details about the Fall Workshop, scheduled for Friday, November 7, 2014.

Graduate to a Great Job. Make your College Degree Pay Off in TODAY’s Market. By David DeLong

One of my jobs is working part time at Colby College in the Career Center and the Director loaned me this book because David is a Colby alumni and she had recently met him.  Curious, I began reading it when I was covering “drop-in” hours and was hooked immediately.  I finished it over the weekend, great stuff!

This is a book written to college students and their parents and is filled with practical advice on a range of job seeking topics from networking (which is obviously the key piece), the importance of internships, tips on writing a strong resume, interviewing, attitude, and the parents role (one chapter devoted to what parents should and should not do). He also recommends getting into the College Career Center and getting as much as you can out of it while the student is there.

At the end of each chapter there is a “Checklist for Action” with specific action steps to take related to the chapter.

Example:  Talk to your professor about collaborating on research
or
Choose part time jobs with an eye to skills you can develop and show on your resume

Regardless of the chapter, I found the check list to be filled with a number of specific action steps a student could choose from to improve their job seeking skills.

He addresses the importance of networking and having a strong resume, writing a concise & clear email to secure informational interviews, developing a professional online presence using LinkedIn, and most importantly DOING lots of informational interviews.  “Facetime is primetime” was one of my favorite quotes.  This job seeking is going to happen because of facetime with someone, NOT because you email 1000’s of people or upload your resume to 1000’s of companies websites.

I learned quite a bit about ATS, Applicant Tracking Systems, which will help me with advising students & clients who apply to any of the larger company using ATS.  I knew keywords were important but with a company using an ATS system it is critical.  One tip he gave was brilliant to find keywords (I wish I had thought of it).  Copy and past the mission statement from a company and / or the job description you are applying to into a Word Cloud like wordle.netor tagword.com to visibly SEE the keywords the company uses.  Then incorporate them into your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, and interview.

His LinkedIn section looked like it was taken from my LinkedIn workshop I do at Colby College.  This felt like a book I could have written as I agreed with so much of his advice and appreciated so many of his tips.

RECOMMENDATION:  If you work at a college or have a college age son / daughter, this is a must read.

Featured Resource for August

Featured Resource: AAUW (American Association of University Women) www.AAUW.org, submitted by Diane Anderson, MCDA Board member and Assistant Director o Career Services at Thomas College.

The AAUW’s primary mission is to empower and advocate for women facing issues such as pay equity and workplace discrimination. AAUW promotes leadership development and STEM careers for young women through several programs. They partner with the Wage Project (www.wageproject.org) to offer the $tart $mart program on salary and benefits negotiation, which is held at several college campuses around the state. While the focus of many of the resources is related to women, some of the tools they provide (such as how to benchmark a salary range for a job or advice for a first time supervisor or mentor) apply to both men and women.

Career Development related sections and links include:

  • Issues: Find articles about a wide variety of topics under headings of Campus; Career & Workplace; and Education.
  • What We Do: Includes Research, STEM Education, Educational Funding & Awards, and more!
  • About AAUW:Includes the Jobs section, where the AAUW paid internships are listed, links to College/University job boards, and New Scientist jobs (STEM).

If anyone is interested in joining this group, there are several active local branches in Maine. Contact information is available on the AAUW website.

Related Reading: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Featured Resource for July

Rob Klaiber from Kaplan University recently hosted a Career Cafe where attendees explored the Movenote web app. Rob’s summary of the meeting appears below. Intrigued, I looked at the site and saw an immediate application for my high school students nervous about presenting in front of peers. Love it!!

At the most recent Career Cafe in the Androscoggin County area, we focused on an application called Movenote.  This application allows for video messaging to be coupled with document presentations.  We covered the basics of this application and explored new best practices. We determined that this application would help with the challenges of remote counseling.  Resume critiques can be shared verbally through the video messaging and the highlighter function allows for specific areas to be addressed. We all believe that this technology can be very useful in order to distribute information in a new and meaningful way, though it does take some getting used to.

 

 

Featured Resource for May Barbara Bissonnette is a certified coach and the Principal of Forward Motion Coaching. She provides career development and job coaching and workplace advocacy for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome (and similar autism spectrum profiles) and Nonverbal Learning Disorder. She also offers consultation and training for organizations on how to utilize the skills of employees with Asperger’s Syndrome and other social, communication and executive function challenges. Her website offers practical information about assisting job seeking clients and many great resources. www.forwardmotion.info

 

Featured Resource for April MCDA Board President Jim Peacock’s April  PEAK Careers Newsletter features  favorite career websites he gathered from his LinkedIn network,  current Career Development Facilitator (CDF) class,  current online seminar on Working with Boomers, and some of his personal favorite career websites to bring you websites you may want to bookmark.  He was gracious enough to share this for our monthly Featured Resource. Enjoy!

http://eepurl.com/RBZXT

Featured Resource for March

SOC: Servicememers Opportunity Colleges Created in 1972 SOC provides educational opportunities to servicemembers who, because they frequently moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees. SOC was established by civilian and military educators to help strengthen and coordinate voluntary college-level educational opportunities for servicemembers by:

  • Seeking to help the higher education community understand and respond to special needs of servicemembers
  • Advocating the flexibility needed to improve access to and availability of educational programs for servicemembers
  • Helping the Military Services understand the resources, limits, and requirements of higher education
  • Helping the higher education community to understand the resources, limits, and requirements of the Military Services
  • Seeking to strengthen liaison and working relationships among military and higher education representatives

Maine Consortium Institutions 2013-2015 include: CMMC, EMCC, KVCC, Maine College of Art, Maine Maritime Academy, NMCC, Saint Joseph’s College, SMCC, Thomas, U Maine, U Maine-Augusta, UI Maine-Forty Kent, U Maine-Presque Isle, USM, and  YCCC More information at www.soc.aascu.org Submitted by Tom Novak, Director of Career Services at St Joseph’s College   Featured Resource for February It’s not too early to start thinking about the National Career Development Conference, scheduled this year for June 19-21 in beautiful Long Beach, CA! Below are three presentations I would love to attend. The link to NCDA conference information appears at the end of the descriptions. Think about it! Thursday, June 19 3:15 – 4:15 pm #107 The 25 Key Ideas in a Book 10,000,000 People Have Bought Dick Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute, will distill his 350 page book down to its’ key ideas, and discuss how to share them with students and clients. Dick Bolles, What Color Is Your Parachute? Friday, June 20 2:30 – 3:30 pm #503 Qualitative Assessments in Career Counseling: The Client Career Story as an Idiographic Process Qualitative (idiographic) career assessments provide rich avenues to explore client meanings, themes, and preferences.  Using an idiographic process, the storied approach framework gives voice to the client story. Demonstrations of selected qualitative career assessments will be provided (lifeline, career genogram, résumé analysis, ideal day, card sorts, life roles, goal map). Pamelia E. Brott, Virginia Tech, Northern Virginia Center Saturday, June 21 8:30 – 9:30 am #609 Charting the Course for Undecided and Exploring College Students: Tips and Tools to Move Students Towards Career Clarity College Career Counselors are often challenged by students who struggle to attain career discernment. The creative interventions shared in this session will equip practitioners to better help students clarify their interests, skills, values, and personality preferences, and to increase confidence and goal-orientation in the process of academic and career decision-making. Sarah Backes-Diaz, University of California, Berkeley and Vera V. Chapman, Colgate University www.ncdaconference.org  Karen McGrady, Career Pathways Teacher at Nokomis Regional High in Newport,  and MCDA Marketing and Membership Committee Member Featured Resource for January Insidejobs.com What is Insidejobs.com?  It is a completely free resource of 15,000 videos about all different kinds of careers.  It was started by Mr. Todd Edebohls, former Chairman of Toys.com-eToys and Business Development Director at Amazon.  As written on their website, “We’ve made it our mission to scour the Internet and bring together millions of reliable data points, expert opinions, and firsthand testimonials. The result? The ultimate one-stop-shop for career exploration. Use our site to personalize your search of 15,000 career profiles, track down the information you need, and discover opportunities for your future.” James Westhoff, Director of Career Services at Husson University and MCDA Board Member Featured Resource for December “I had no idea.”That’s something we often hear when people first learn about the many services that Goodwill Industries of Northern New England offers. As a Business Services Representative, a new MCDA Board member, and a CDFI, I am thrilled to share a bit more about our work at Goodwill. Goodwill serves as a community resource to thousands of people across northern New England every day. Job seekers come to Goodwill to take advantage of a powerful array of services designed for one purpose: getting them back to work as quickly as possible. Whether an individual is looking for work or a business is looking for quality and dedicated employees, our services can help. Goodwill services are broad and include: brain injury rehabilitation, youth employment programs, AmeriCorps opportunities, on-the-job training support, as well as training opportunities for mature workers, adults with low income, laid off workers, and people with disabilities. All of these services aim to help individuals prepare for, find, and keep the job they want. Our work truly is changing lives. At Goodwill we enable individuals with diverse challenges to achieve personal stability and community engagement. As a social enterprise for over 100 years, Goodwill reflects the integration of economic, social and environmental sustainability, with a focus on connecting people to marketplace employment. Our services are funded by revenue from retail and recycling operations, grants, fees, and philanthropic investments and gifts. To learn more about Goodwill’s Job Connection services, visithttp://www.goodwillnne.org/jobs.   Kimberly Moore, Goodwill of New England, and MCDA Member November Featured Resource Recommended Reading:  The Inner Life of the Counselor by Robert J. Wicks, PhD (2012) Like many of you, I am always learning new ideas and techniques for improving the resources of the office of internships and career services at College of the Atlantic, a small liberal arts college in Bar Harbor, Maine.   Recently, I began to look at myself as a professional working with college students as career counselor.  The Inner Life of the Counselor was recommended to me by a friend who is a family therapist.  She was interested in her professional “self” since she worked with individuals and families struggling with major life crises.   I work with college students who occasionally may be in crisis but generally they are doing upbeat and creative things with their lives.  There are challenges for this age group but not in the life and death sense as my friend faces every day. In brief, this small book offers boundless practical advice for people working in the helping professions.  Dr. Wicks suggests simple ideas such as spacing appointments so that one can take a quick break and breathe.  He suggests washing your hands between clients much like physicians between patients.  He also recommends being mindful of your reactions and feelings during and after a session, which raises one’s awareness of the personal influence of your work.  He also writes about the value of silence and reflections, even helping the reader find that space within their own life.  Wicks suggests rituals for self-care, such as dramatic solitude or celebration of a Sabbath.  This book is dense with applicable information including tips and chapter questions for counselors, additional resources and publications, and describes the value of mentors at any point in one’s profession.  This little book is one I will continue to review. Jill Barlow-Kelley, Director of Internships and Career Services, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine


Featured Resource for October NCDA Veterans Committee and Veterans Resources During the 2011 National Career Development Association’s Annual Conference in San Antonio 28 Bob Miles and Sherry Butler called interested NCDA members together to discuss the employment issues facing veterans. I was one such member. As you can probably imagine, many issues were identified, including real or perceived barriers to access to employment centers, high unemployment, identifying transferable skills, access to education and funding, and many more. At the conclusion of this meeting it was clear that everyone at the table was very passionate about serving veterans as they transitioned from military to civilian employment. As a result those assembled filed a request to NCDA to form a Veterans Task Force. That request was granted and so our mission began. The 2012 Annual Conference included a veterans-focused track of presentations addressing the special needs of veterans, both recently discharged and those who transitioned some time ago. The interest proved so great that at nearly every session it was standing room only attendance. Even more members joined the task force at the mid-day roundtable sessions and subgroups were identified to pursue new professional development topics to educate our peers. At the 2013 Annual Conference Veterans’ Issues was one of three key topics for the Centennial Conference. Again the presentations received great attention as so many of us are working closely with the growing numbers of veterans in each of our work environments. There is also a growing body of research accumulating regarding the needs of transitioning veterans, including the disproportionate percentage of unemployed veterans versus their non-veteran peers based on age, education level, and geographic location, the correlation between PTSD and unemployment, and many other factors.  And again the number of NCDA members expressing interest in the Task Force continued to increase. Earlier in the year Bob and Sherry petitioned NCDA to have the Veterans Task Force made a standing committee of NCDA. That petition was granted and so we continue today. You can connect with the committee on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=4071251&trk=anet_ug_hm. If you would like to become a member you may email Bob Miles at [email protected]. Whether you are wondering how you may be able to begin to serve veterans or you are already doing so, NCDA members may also access key resources posted by the Veterans Committee on the NCDA web site at http://www.ncda.org/aws/NCDA/pt/sp/interests_military. You will want to bookmark this page and explore it fully as it contains a wealth of information for serving both active duty and veteran members of the military, including information regarding military culture, identifying transferable skills, education benefits and support, career assessments, career search, etc. As a career counselor, rehabilitation counselor, and a daughter, sister and mother of veterans, I thank you for all that you do to reach out and serve military members and their families. Deborah Walsh Past President, Maine Career Development Association 2013 – 2015 M.S. Counseling, National Certified Counselor Professional Counselor

 

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