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Wanderlust: Engaging Underrepresented Students with Wandering Maps

By Tiffany Waddell

Interested in identifying new ways to work with traditionally underrepresented students or clients in a career counseling, education, or alternative context? Visual thinking exercises are a fantastic way to prime self-assessment and career exploration.

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ACT Profile: A Free College and Career Planning Tool from ACT

By Marilyn Maze and Gail Laferriere

Counselors need tools with high-quality assessments and information to help clients explore careers, majors, military options, and colleges. Often, funding for such tools is scarce. Here is a great tool, at the right price.

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Enhancing First Year and Sophomore Engagement through Discernment at the University of Notre Dame

By Maureen Baska

This article outlines the structural changes that have taken place within The Career Center at the University of Notre Dame aimed at enhancing the focus on career discernment of younger students. It also provides best practices and a sampling of programs geared toward these students to help spur new ideas for other career centers.

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Faith and Career Development: Complementary Tools in Reaching Teens

By Roger Wilcoxen

Could a career counselor and youth religious program leader use the same tools to achieve a faith-based, purpose-driven life? Yes! And these tools successfully reach teens. [Eds. Note: This article originally appeared in Career Convergence in 2007. Because of the uniqueness of this article, it is being reprinted now.]

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Successful Career Planning…. It’s Never Too Late

By Karen Atkins

I have had three career changes in thirty-five years. I always dreamed I would retire and enjoy each career until my retirement. Life events happen, plans change, and happenstance creeps into our lives. What we do with happenstance events is up to us. I decided to get my mind and heart together and place my thoughts and realistic goals into practice. Based on my personal experience, here are 7 tips for career practitioners to use with clients considering a career change.

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The Heart of Coaching: Using Transformational Coaching to Create a High-Performance Coaching Culture

Book Review by Bryan Lubic

Thomas Crane invites us to answer a challenging question: "What is impossible to do today (or is not done today) in your business that, if you could do it, would fundamentally change the way you do business?" The answer is Transformational Coaching, a coaching process with roots in mindfulness that has been grounded and tested in organizations by the author for more than 20 years and is clearly explained in this excellent resource.

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New Dawn for Career Development: Announcing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

By V. Scott Solberg, Eleanor Castine, and Bridget Brown

This article highlights the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the key components and opportunities for career development professionals embedded within the Act. This easy to read summary emphasizes career development terminology, service delivery, and advocacy, while educating and informing career development professionals on how they can help promote the profession.

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Counselor Educators & Researchers


Career Theory and Procedures: An Online Teaching Approach

By Zachary Pietrantoni & Joseph A. Campbell

The purpose of this article is to outline an online teaching format for career theory. The authors will discuss how they developed and implemented an online career theory course. The authors will conclude with suggestions for future replication of the online career theory course.

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Special Columns


DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education

Book Review by Kate Juhl

What is the future of higher education? Whether you work at a college or in the community, DIY U is a must-read, offering a thought-provoking glimpse at the future of our country’s colleges and universities.

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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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Provided by the NCDA Technology Committee, these technical tips are short lessons on some of the newest technology tools, trends, and apps, and how they can be used by career practitioners in a variety of contexts. Read newest tip here each month or View More now.

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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