NCDA aims to welcome and serve the diverse needs of our members, including all students. The various constituency groups are designed to help you in your professional development and networking, to facilitate greater connection with colleagues who may share similar interests and work settings, and to enhance communication between the membership and the NCDA Board.
Meet the Committee
The Graduate Student Committee (GSC) is chaired by: Ashley Osborne and Ramon Moon. Learn more about the GSC Leadership team here.
Note: If eligible, consider becoming a NCDA student member (rate: $40) to fully access our services and utilize our tools providing visibility for career development students.
Please take a moment and tell us more about you and/or volunteer with GSC.
LinkedIn Group Page: Once launched this group will provide access to connections and professional development resources, and help maximize your professional brand and LinkedIn visibility.
Coffee Chats: a 45-minute LinkedIn Live Student panel discussion on career goals, challenges, interest in the target industry, exciting projects, etc.) Want to join our next Coffee Chat Student panel? Sign up here. Eligibility Requirements: You must have a LinkedIn Profile. Watch the replay of the January, February, and March events to get inspired by eight exceptional NCDA Graduate Students.
NCDA Success Stories: Share your stories about how NCDA has contributed to your professional growth and success! Stories will be featured here and in our LinkedIn group. Read Denise Randall's Success Story. (Eligibility Requirements: Must have a LinkedIn Profile.)
Spotlight: Featuring posts here on this webpage and in our LinkedIn group that highlight your career development, accomplishments, and plans. (Eligibility Requirements: Must have a LinkedIn Profile.) This month, our spotlight is on Denise Randall. Learn more about Denise on our Spotlight page.
Pronouns: she, he, and I
Personal Identity: Female
Program: Troy University, M.S. CMHC '24
Hometown: Montgomery, AL, USA
Learn more about Denise Randall on our Spotlight page
If you want to participate in either Coffee Chat, Spotlight, Success Story, or all three programs, please complete the attached form.
NCDA Student Resource Guide: Summary of all the resources and benefits NCDA offers to help your career and professional development.
Resources & Opportunities for Graduate Students
Please browse the resources below, which have been selected to be useful to all students. The newest addition is a productivity resource from the GSC Professional Development Chair, Shannon Thomison (see the Professional Development section below).
Publication Opportunity: Check out the link to our web magazine, Career Convergence, below -- please review it and consider submitting an article!
Research Funding Opportunity: If you are a Graduate Student member, the NCDA Research Committee, in partnership with the Awards Committee, strongly encourages you to consider nominating yourself for the annual Graduate Student Research Award. The deadline is January 31st. Visit the Awards page for details.
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Career Information Resources
Career Assessment Instruments
Search Florida State University Tech Center's virtual "filing cabinet" of career information resources. Also browse a list of "essential resources for career counseling."
This series of video playlists offers prominent scholar-practitioners sharing some reasons for the connection between career and mental health.
Because there are so many resources on the Internet, identifying the best or most useful ones can take many hours of online research. NCDA has undertaken the task to collect, organize, curate, and publish online, a listing of free, current, and credible resources that are available on the Internet and are useful to career counselors, coaches, and specialists as they work with clients.
The NCDG is a career knowledge, skills, and decision-making framework. Use these guidelines to identify activities and strategies for developing high-quality career programs.
While aiming to address the needs of vocational educators, practitioners, and researchers, this career collaboratory also seeks to bring together like-minded professionals in an effort to share and advance their knowledge. The Vocopher Resource Library is free and does not require registration. Access to the Vocopher Career Inventories is free, but requires registration.
Professional Development Opportunities
NCDA is excited to release the re-imagined 7th edition of our influential guide to career assessment. Re-conceptualized and renamed to A Comprehensive Guide to Career Assessment, the Guide contains important information career counselors, educators and practitioners will find invaluable in learning about career assessment and selecting assessments specific to client needs. The Guide is a resource that connects to multiple service sectors and embraces global perspectives of career assessment. Available as a foundational print book as well as a subscription service to the comprehensive chapters and new reviews, shop the NCDA Career Resource Store for the product that best fits your needs.
Access a directory of CACREP-accredited counselor preparation programs. Programs with career counseling focus are designated with the 'CrC' code.
Obtain information on this NCDA training for practitioners who provide career assistance.
Learn more about this premiere conference for career development professionals.
This page on continuing education provides detailed information specific to NCDA.
A productivity and professional development resource that is valuable to graduate students
This new monograph is an overview of the practice of career coaching. It covers a brief history of career coaching and a comparison to career counseling. Techniques, ethics, theories and models, and assessments are shared to increase knowledge and proficiency in delivering career coaching services to diverse clientele. Themes for the future of career coaching related to workforce demands are included, as well as a fully stocked appendix for use by coaches in practice. Available in the NCDA Career Resource Store as either a print or ebook (PDF).
Read articles covering best practices, how-to details, career tips, and book reviews in NCDA's web magazine.
NCDA's official journal with articles covering career counseling, work and leisure, career education, coaching, and management.
A quarterly publication of NCDA for members, this print magazine is a themed publication offering articles that balance a broad vision with practical applications. Each issue offers a focused article on a select theme, a feature article on a prominent NCDA event, specific content for four departments (including School Counselors, Professional Counselors, Graduate Students, and Career Development Facilitators), and four regular columns.
The re-imagined 7th edition of our influential guide to career assessment has been published as both a print book and an online subscription. Re-conceptualized and renamed the Guide contains important information career counselors, educators, practitioners, researchers and students will find invaluable in learning about career assessment and selecting assessments specific to client needs. The Guide is a resource that connects to multiple service sectors and embraces global perspectives of career assessment. Read more about the unique dual resource and shop the NCDA Career Resource Store.
In recent years, journals and other publications have attended to issues for diverse populations but a single resource is more useful to educators, practitioners and students who want to be more informed about diversity, equity, social justice and career counseling. Gaining Cultural Competence in Career Counseling, 2nd edition, goes into depth on each of these issues, as well as career theories, assessment, and ethics. The first four chapters focus on the foundational skills for effective counseling across cultures. The next five chapters integrate multicultural competences with specific career and social justice counseling competences. The significantly updated second edition includes a a new chapter on working with children and adolescents. Each chapter includes new exercises and questions for reflection, and case scenarios supplement the content.
Spans topics such as career education, adult career development, career development of special needs populations, and career and leisure.
In 1959, John L. Holland introduced a theory of vocational choices involving personality typology (widely known in the career development field as the Holland Code, or RIASEC). Included with this previously unpublished autobiography are book chapters, journal articles and other original source material that will enhance the reader's understanding of both the theory and the scientist.
Aimed at counseling professionals whose focus is fostering student development in higher education settings.
Learn more about NCDA's parent organization for professional counselors. ACA also includes the following related divisions:
Learn more about this organization, which focuses on enhancing school counseling programs and researching effective counseling practices. Offers a Professional Interest Network covering career development issues.
The Career Development Specialists Network (CDSN) was founded in 1978 as a forum for professional Career Counselors to share knowledge and expertise about career development theory and practice.
See the resources offered by NACADA, which focuses on promoting quality academic advising and student development in higher education settings.
Find out how to access technical information collected for career practitioners on college campuses.
Find out about more about Division (17) of the APA whose mission is to promote research, teaching, practice, and public interest in vocational psychology and career interventions.