NEWSLETTER / August 2020


Dear friends and members,  

I can't think of a single person not affected by the 'goings-on' in the world today.  Everyone will have a different, personal experience but we can identify common elements and apply best practices to provide universal career guidance. 

I hope you will find value in this newsletter, enjoy our member spotlight below, join our August 19th webinar and keep your membership current. Let us know how we can serve you better through these times.

Respectfully, Holly Smevog, President 

Dealing with Unemployment in Maine

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Contact one of Maine's Career Centers. Click here.

Connect with Adult Ed for retraining programs:

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Using Transition Theory With Clients

Jim Peacock interviews Nancy Schlossberg about transition theory. Click here.

Post-modern Chaos Career Theory Explained. Click here.


RSVP Form for the August 19th webinar here!

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MCDA Fall Workshop:

Friday, November 13, 2020

Life Design for Navigating Change

Re-Imagining the Career Experience in a Post Covid19 World

Farouk Dey, VP at Johns Hopkins

TEDx Speaker 2019 | LinkedIn Top Voice in Education 2018

Location:TBD (Virtual or Bates College)

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MCDA Member Benefits:

  • Accessible and affordable professional development opportunities
  • Monthly news and resource e-mail updates, and access to on-line professional development resources
  • Professional networking for sharing information about issues, opportunities and announcements from other organizations that might be of interest to members
  • A hub and resource for development and support of regional chapters throughout Maine and New England
Recordings of our 2020 Conference webinars are now available to current MCDA members in our brand new "members only" section of our website!

Member Spotlight: Kristin Cosgrove

This new section of our newsletter highlights GCDA members and their work, helping us get to know more about each other and learn from one another. For this first member spotlight, we have chosen Kristin “Krissy” Cosgrove. Some of you know Krissy as our Graduate Student Representative on the MCDA board this past year.

Krissy completed her M.Ed. in Higher Education / Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Counseling at the University of Maine this past May. Michelle Tullier talked with Krissy recently about her career, her GCDA involvement, and what she does for fun…

What are your career plans now that you’ve graduated, Krissy?

My plans are all set! I’ve been hired as a full-time Academic/Career Coach at St. Joseph’s College and started August 3rd.

How did you come to join GCDA?

I interned in the U. of Maine career center during my master’s program, and GCDA members there encouraged me to join and get involved.

What have you learned from your GCDA involvement?

This is my first big professional association and I’ve learned so much--how meetings are run, what it’s like to attend events. I’ve also learned about career trends. I love that this organization has members in all areas of career development. It’s a great opportunity for me to collect knowledge from all these wonderful perspectives to learn about career development broadly.

What is a highlight of your GCDA involvement?

The Fall 2019 workshop! That was the first professional development event I’d been to. It was great to network with people from across the state. Everyone was so supportive. Also, the food was great!

What do you do for fun?

I love being outside – hiking, swimming. And I’m very interested in personal development and psychology. I enjoy watching daily vlogs of people’s lives, journaling, and reading. I recently read The Secret and found it interesting.

Do you think you’ll go on for a doctorate at some point?

I’m pondering it! I love mental health counseling but I also like the practical side of career counseling. Not sure where I want my future career to go. Maybe leadership in higher education, maybe more of a counseling focus, maybe my own private practice in the future.

Thank you, Krissy!

Career Convergence Highlights

The September issue features a recap of the virtual NCDA conference, timely tips for virtual events, and a book review to expand our knowledge of the impact automation and technology is having on jobs of the future. 

Reflections on the 2020 NCDA Virtual Conference

By Melissa Venable and Marty Apodaca

In service to its membership, NCDA rallied to host its first ever Virtual Conference. Three keynote speakers and featured live sessions addressed salient issues affecting both practitioners and the people they serve. In an ever-changing landscape of career and world events, conference participants were united in a message of advocacy.

Insider Tips for Creating a Successful Virtual Event

By Aimee Tejeda Lunn

Many college career centers have taken to utilizing virtual platforms to continue to engage students, connect them to potential employers, and develop career learning opportunities. This article focuses on five applicable tips when developing an online career learning activity, focusing on the purpose of the virtual event, target audience, logistics involved, marketing tips, and the importance of post reflection.

Artificial Intelligence and the Future: A Book Review of A World Without Work: Technology, Automation, And How We Should Respond

By Charles J. Lehman

While the current health crisis is having a tremendous impact on jobs, there is a much larger, long-term threat that could, over time, result in a permanent loss of work. A new book foresees how this is likely to happen and how society should adapt.

NCDA Webinar Series

NCDA presents at least three webinars each year on topics of deep significance to members and those involved in the field of career development. Earn Continuing Education Credits by watching previously presented NCDA Webinars.  Each are $35 and include 1 contact hour.  Simply view the webinar and register online to obtain your certificate.r.

Preventing and Transforming Career Burnout into Opportunity in the New Era of COVID-19

NCDA Webinar Tuesday August 25, 2020Career burnout has been on the rise for decades and with the addition of the COVID-19 economic crisis, it is going to get worse. Times like this can help us reflect on what’s really important. This webinar will give career professionals new tools and approaches to prevent and overcome burnout for themselves and their clients, such as identifying and building on what brings you joy, envisioning the life you want for yourself, and taking concrete steps to turn that vision into reality.

Presented by: Ronda Ansted and Sheri Mahaney

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