Features

Vocational Wellness in Older Adulthood: Research and Practice

By Nick Gowen

Retired older adults continue to crave the meaningfulness that their careers once provided, but the counseling field does not have a well-developed framework for addressing this source of meaning with older clients. The term “vocation” is explored as a means for helping older adult clients find meaning after retirement.

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Counselor Educators & Researchers

Self-Care for Facilitators of Career Development: 10 Ways to Manage Work Stress

By Rita Soultanian

In 2012, 65 percent of Americans cited work as a top source of stress, according to the American Psychological Association's (APA) annual Stress in America Survey. Counselor educators need to be proactive in managing their own work stress and teach future career counselors how to manage their work stress in order to care for others effectively.

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Independent Practice

How to Help Clients Dodge Those Pesky Salary Questions

By Karen James Chopra

Do your clients dread being asked about salary history in their interviews? Handling questions about current salary or salary requirements during an interview can make job seekers understandably anxious. Here are some tips on how to coach clients on the best ways to navigate difficult salary questions and negotiate the best employment agreement.

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K-12

Successful Career Counseling Interventions Used with Students in Poverty: A Preliminary Report

By Valerie Couture, Na Mi Bang, Angela McCoy Harless

With an estimated 41% of school aged children in the U.S. coming from a low-income home, career counseling interventions that address poverty issues and work-life goals are needed. The purpose of this qualitative study is to understand the career counseling interventions that school counselors use while working with students from poverty backgrounds.

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Post-Secondary

Choosing a Career in International Development

Book Review by Mason Murphy

Planning for working in the field of international development can take multiple steps. Russell outlines a practical process to facilitate exploration that counselors can utilize when working with clients. He draws on his many years of experience by using anecdotes and stories to build a connection with readers.

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Workplaces

Career Development Tools at Your Public Library

By Summer Greenwood

Public libraries have increased their scope of services to encourage collaboration, innovation and life-long learning within the community. Connecting with and utilizing your local public library will allow you and your clients to benefit from a variety of resources previously unavailable or only at a high cost.

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NCDA News

NCDA’s New Training Program and Participation in the National Coalition for Career Development

By Deneen Pennington and Cynthia Marco Scanlon

NCDA's new School Career Development Advisor Training has been developed and adopted as the official national training program for those serving the career development needs of students in middle and high schools. This is the result of the request from the National Coalition for Career Development. A one-day Summit is being held to insure others will have the opportunity to share their ideas for the call to action. The summit needs volunteer facilitators and offers continuing education units.

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Tech Tips

Jobscan: Optimize Your Resume and Boost Interview Chances

We know that the better one’s resume matches with the job description the more likely the candidate will get an interview. Now you and your clients or students can spend more time focusing on strengths, networking, and interviewing skills and less time on resumes. Jobscan uses an algorithm similar to those in Applicant Tracking Systems to compare resumes to job listings and provides both a match rate and tips for increasing that rate. Anyone can use this service for free on the JobScan’s website or pay for more extensive premium services.

Tip provided by Katherine (Kathyy) Battee-Freeman, kathyy@uis.edu

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