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The Importance of Work in an Age of Uncertainty

Book Review by W. Chris Briddick

David Blustein's new book explores the “eroding work experience in America” by showing the reader the impact of work, anxiety, and uncertainty. Blustein discusses the modern world of work noting its varied, vast landscape among many different kinds of workers, circumstances, and situations, noting the failure of the current labor market to deliver stable work and upward mobility, both of which became highlighted and valued trademarks of Western economies over time. Despite the significant challenges posed in the current world of work, there is hope and reason within and throughout the author’s effort.

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Counselor Educators & Researchers

Ultimate Mission: Turnkey Empowerment of Counselors to Clients

By Nicole M. Arcuri Sanders and Emily Raymond

Client empowerment is a crucial component of effective counseling and an important skill for counselors-in-training (CITs) to master. It follows that counselor educators and supervisors should empower their students so that these CITs experience the empowerment process first-hand. Only then can CITs truly grasp its importance and learn when and how to address empowerment with their own clients.

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Independent Practice

To Digitize or Not to Digitize: The Question of Scale for Independent Career Development Professionals

By Erica Sosna

After fifteen years of career coaching one-on-one and facilitating live, on-site workshops, I decided to create my own online program in career navigation and change. By sharing elements of my journey, I aim to help you answer the question of whether to digitize or not for your own practice.

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K-12

Career Development for Youth in Low-Income Communities Using Super’s Model

By Natasha Barnes

Many barriers present for youth in low-income communities, especially related to career development. Super’s theory of adolescent development offers concepts aiding career professionals in working with the youth in these communities. Also, career professionals are equipped with strategies to encourage the youth to develop aspirations beyond their environments using Super’s developmental concepts.

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Post-Secondary

What Does "Career Competencies" Mean to You? Redefining Them via Your Own Voice

By Gaeun Seo and Heather Fortenberry

This article introduces two successfully implemented career interventions that enabled students to not only connect their daily campus experience with the NACE career readiness competencies but also reconstruct them with their own language. The authors also share their lessons learned that career development professionals could use in their settings to empower students.

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Workplaces

Traumatized Populations in the Workplace: Strategies for Working with Clients with Trauma History

By Krista Schmidt

Close to 70% of adults in the United States have suffered at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Many trauma survivors will have lost or face losing their job due to the difficulties they experience following exposure which may negatively impact their career development and adaptability within the workplace. Career practitioners can assist trauma survivors through several concrete strategies provided in this article.

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NCDA News

On Your MARK, Get READY, Get SET for NCDA’s 2020 Awards! Celebrating our Members Crowning Achievements!

By Andra D’Amico and the Awards Committee

Pro tips from the Awards Committee will aid NCDA members in actively identifying and celebrating members who made a difference.

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Tech Tips

Organizing a Job Search with Airtable

It can be a challenge organizing a job search. Airtable is one of several options available online allowing users to set up spreadsheets to track important information. Using a template already created for job searches, one can easily set parameters that make dropdowns to record updates quickly. Email integration allows you to send any emails to employers into your table. The free account also allows individuals to share their Airtable to collaborate or receive feedback on the job search process.

Tech Tip provided by: Dirk Matthews, dirkwmatthews@gmail.com

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