Feature Article


Best Practices for Using Blogs as a Student Engagement Tool

By Emily Gomez and Katherine Nobles

Blogs are a proven student engagement tool in both classroom and extracurricular settings. Users can benefit from learning the technology, taking ownership of posts and media, and having access to peers’ posts for discussion and feedback. This article highlights five best practices for blog use in career development.

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Operationalizing the DOE’s Benchmarks by Preparing Special Needs Students to be College and Career Ready

By Edgar Hobbs Jr.

Common Core Learning Standard (CCLS), Career Development and Occupational Standards (CDOS) and Individual Educational Programs (IEPs) proposed by the Department of Education are essential for students’ academic and personal growth. Using the New York City Department of Education's benchmarks, instructional and guidance staff collaborate to assist students in managing their academic and personal behaviors, which enable students to be college and career ready.

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Crossing the Cultural Bridge: Coaching International Students to Prepare for Job Interviews

By Xi Yu

This article illustrates relevant cultural variations that may have an impact on the ability of international students to succeed in job interviews in the United States. It also provides recommendations for career counselors to reduce students’ frustration with interviewing and for coaching international students to prepare effectively.

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The Jo B. Wall HR Connection Academy: A Non-profit Connecting Students with HR Careers

By Sheryl Eldridge

The human resources (HR) field offers many rewarding career opportunities in a variety of occupations. The Jo B. Wall HR Connection Academy, Inc., was created with the mission of forming alliances and partnerships with local non-profits, the K-12 education system, the community colleges, as well as other community stakeholders, for the specific purpose of promoting the HR profession and educating young people about HR.

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Using Technology to Facilitate Career Discovery in Developing Nations

By Peter G. Raeth

How does one facilitate career discovery in Zimbabwe, Africa, a developing nation of 13 million people? With limited technology and a distrust of the non-indigenous, the list of issues impacting career development is long. This challenge was presented to me by Mr. Rabison Shumba, CEO of the Greatness Factory Trust. This article talks about the steps I took, the tools involved, and lessons learned as I responded to the challenge.

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Mindfulness at Work: A Career Professional’s Perspective

By Roxanne Farkas

Email. New projects. Declining budgets. Looming deadlines and tough choices. How can we enjoy our lives at work and help others to experience the same kind of fulfillment? Join me for a “moment of Zen” as I share ways we can incorporate principles of mindfulness at work to help ourselves and our clients throughout our careers.

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Emotions and Employability: A focus on the soft skills of women offenders

By N. Jonas Ohrberg

While incarcerated, women offenders have an opportunity to pursue an education and improve career related skills. Although programs available to them may provide educational opportunities, they often ignore the development of effective interpersonal skills. This article stresses the need for programs that will teach women offenders about emotional awareness and help them develop effective interpersonal skills. [Eds. Note: This article originally appeared in Career Convergence in 2008. Because of the uniqueness of this article, it is being reprinted now.]

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Counselor Educators & Researchers


Graduate Career Courses: Engaging Students

By Vanessa B. Teixeira

This article focuses on how counselor educators can better engage counseling students in a graduate level career counseling course. Keeping students engaged is critical to their learning. Counselor educators support students and the field by providing students with material that is educational, didactic and enlightening, but also engaging.

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Special Columns


Mentoring and Socialization for New Career Development Professionals: 5 Steps for Success

By Amanda Williams

Mentoring relationships can provide a variety of benefits to help new professionals acclimate into the career development industry. This article discusses five suggested steps for how to implement and structure a successful mentoring program in your own organization.

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CPI Minnesota! NCDA Career Practitioner Institute, October 3, 2014

By Mary Ann Powell

All are welcome to join us in Minneapolis for “Practical Techniques and Strategies for Career Development Practitioners.” This one day event, October 3, 2014, also offers the option of a pre-conference Professional Development Institute (PDI) on October 2, 2014.

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Using Word Clouds to Project Your Career Image


In today’s society, creating an image in online social networking accounts is important when job searching. One technique to try when creating an image: ask 10 people what top three words come to mind when they review your LinkedIn  account. Enter all 30 words into a word cloud program, such as Wordle.net.  Once you have entered all 30 words, those that were repeated the most frequently appear the largest in the image. Now your image can be added to your profile. This will give you a visual representation of how you are portrayed on your LinkedIn account.


Tip Provided by Dr. Lynne Orr, orrl@wpunj.edu

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