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Pandemic Disruption Meets the Chaos Theory of Careers: A Method for Advising Clients in a Tumultuous Employment Landscape

By Susan Botts Rose

COVID 19 has added tremendous challenges to the already rapidly changing world of work. This article discusses the applicability of The Chaos Theory of Careers as a strategy to help clients navigate the changes that have come with this unexpected event.

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Counselor Educators & Researchers

The Parallel Roles of Counselor Educators and Counselors-in-Training: Parenting During the Pandemics

By Regina Gavin Williams and Angie Smith

During the pandemics, many caregivers are attempting to fulfill expectations of employers, while experiencing issues of un/underemployment and attempting to homeschool their children. Counselor educators are also navigating their multiple roles while offering support to students who are facing similar struggles. The authors will outline key factors and professional and personal suggestions for counselor educators.

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Independent Practice

5 Strengths that Will Help Women Stand Out as Leaders in a Post-Pandemic World

By Theresa White

To succeed in a post-pandemic world, organizations will need resilient, bold leaders with emotional intelligence. Research has shown that female leaders are perceived to possess these and other critical qualities. Career development professionals have an opportunity to help women tap into these strengths to lead during the rebounding and rebuilding of a post-pandemic world.

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K-12

Email or Fail: Preparing Youth for Professional Communication

By Camille Elmore

Capturing the nuances of professional email communication can be a challenge for youth. Career professionals can equip youth with the tools to overcome communication missteps by proactively teaching them the simple steps to crafting an excellent email message in high school. Enhancing this skill may enable youth to become successful in the workplace.

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Post-Secondary

Seeking a Career in Social and Political Change at a Time of Global Disruption

By David J. Smith

College students seeking to make a significant change in their communities often struggle to incorporate that need into career objectives. Opportunities abound for aspiring change makers to apply their talents, knowledge, and enthusiasm. However, practitioners may fail to encourage specific steps that optimize the merger of interests with meaningful careers.

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Workplaces

Rethinking Performance Reviews: Implications from a Global Pandemic

By Sofia Kospanos

Work performance has been impacted by the circumstances surrounding COVID-19. Employers may need to consider adapting their performance reviews after this years' loss of “normal” work. As a result of the global pandemic, should performance reviews be different this year and how might employees be better helped to succeed?

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NCDA News

Advocating for International Student Wellbeing and Career Development in the Pandemic

By Arame Mbodj, Elif Balin, Ellen Zold Goldman, and Un Yeong Park

International students remain cautiously hopeful, even while feeling stressed by the numerous impacts to their academic plans. As career development professionals, we need to increase our understanding of diversity and vulnerability among international students while also advocating for more adequate protections.

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Tech Tips

Pomodoro Technique for Productivity

Having trouble with productivity? Overwhelmed with the long to-do list? Aiming to model focus for your clients? Try the Pomodoro Technique. Developed by Francesco Cirillo, the technique provides you with timed breaks in your work, specifically 25 minutes of work, followed by a 5-minute break. This method increases productivity and focus time, encouraging concentration on a single task at a time. There are a multitude of Pomodoro apps that you can set to drive the pace of your work. A free and universal app, PomoDoneApp, integrates with several productivity apps to chip away at that pesky to-do list.

Tech Tip submitted by Dirk Matthews, dirkmatthews@gmail.com

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