Post-Secondary Articles

Professional Communication: Teaching Students to Use Email Effectively

By Dori Peleg Mazor

While most of today’s college students have used email since a very young age, they are often unfamiliar with the conventions of professional email use. Career development practitioners can help by providing explicit instruction about tone, professionalism, word choice, and clarity. Instruction comes alive when students are given the opportunity to write and critique messages addressing common workplace scenarios and to discuss situations in which face-to-face communication is preferable.

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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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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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Cultural Blind Spots in Career Counseling with International Students

By Satomi Yaji Chudasama

Cultural differences encountered by international students during the job search process are evident. What about cultural differences that should be considered while providing career counseling to this group? This article explores cultural blind spots that are easily overlooked by counselors. [Eds. Note: This article originally appeared here in May 2009. It is being repeated in celebration of Career Convergence's All Conference issue. See NCDA NEWS for more details.]

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STEMs to Flowers: A Grassroots Approach to a Career Mentor Program for Female Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Students

By Zoe Sullivan

With the governmental push for the advancement of the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields within education, career services professionals must provide adequate programming for future STEM professionals. This article outlines the structure for such a program, rooted in a framework aimed at providing specialized support systems for students pursuing the STEM fields.

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Navigating the Path to a Teaching Job: Uncover the Areas of Influence

By Amy Szymaszek and Peter Titlebaum

Today’s prospective teachers learn about resume development and job interviews from various sources with limited knowledge of the employer’s wants. Understanding the human resources perspective, we will summarize the areas of potential influence—networking, portfolio development, resume drafting, professional development, and self-branding—to bridge the gap between theory and successful employment.

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The Value of Greek Life Membership and Career Development

By Mary-Catherine McClain

Approximately 9 million college students participate in fraternities and sororities, yet minimal research has examined the career development of its members. The current article briefly presents research findings from a study of 436 participants. Key benefits related to career development are discussed and implications for career professionals are addressed.

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Infusing Career Development into your Work-Study Program

By Toni-Anne Nhotsoubanh

Many students enter college work-study jobs with the mindset of making money, but so much more can be learned from this valuable experience. We re-examined how the Career and Transfer Center manages work-study assignments and transformed this job referral program to infuse career development activities.

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Using The Career Sailboat Model to Facilitate Career Planning and Decision-Making with Young Adults

By Fidan Korkut-Owen, Fatma Arıcı, Selen Demirtaş-Zorbaş & Tansu Mutlu

The Career Sailboat Model (CSM) was developed based on individual/personal, social, political, economic, legal and system related, and chance factors that influence career choice. In the model, metaphorically, the career choice process was presented as a journey by a sailboat. Individuals were encouraged to explore their goals as the destination or port at the end of a long sailing voyage.

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Green and Sustainability Jobs and Career Resources

By Debra Rowe

Students’ interest in green and sustainability career pathways has never been greater. Our urgent societal challenges require an educated public willing to engage in solutions. This article provides a definition of green and sustainability jobs and explains the pervasiveness of these career opportunities. National networks and an extensive collection of job listings and career pathways resources are provided.

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Unleash Your Dreams: The Importance of the Big Question in Career Development

By Rhonda Priest

The importance of timely and intentional examination of a student’s life goals, beyond their educational and occupational pursuits, is critical to their overall career success and requires one essential question be posed to each student.

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Encouraging Advocacy: From the beginning of the career process to the negotiation table

By Erin Perdue

History shows we have made strides in advocacy for women in the workplace in the United States, but all students, regardless of gender, need our professional reassurance and guidance throughout the career development process. In this article, a brief history of social justice for women in the workplace is discussed in relation to encouraging students to be their own advocates as they enter today’s workforce.

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Success Seminar: Developing a Job Search Preparation Class for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

By Janine Rowe

College students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) may experience difficulties with the job search process. “Success Seminar” prepares students with ASD for their job search by training students on effective search strategies and providing practice making small talk, reading body language, interviewing, and networking.

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What is Your “Hire Score”?

By Karen Kowal

“What is Your Hire Score” is a simple assessment given to college students, used to inform them of what they need to do before graduation to obtain a job. It is a self-scored tool, written using their terms, and is to the point about what employers look for.

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A Field-Based Strategy for Developing Successful Career Programs

by Robert Reardon, Ph.D.

This article describes the experience of a comprehensive university career center in instituting policies and procedures to improve the effectiveness of new programs. Included is a detailed 13-step Request for Proposal outline for a developer to use. In honor of NCDA's 100th anniversary, Career Convergence is publishing articles of historical significance. This month, our web magazine is reprinting articles from our debut issue in 2003.

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Career and Leadership Development: A Paradigm Shift for College Career Centers

By Linda Domenitz

This article describes how a state funded urban community college career center created a systematic way to cross-fertilize the work of the Academic and Student Services Divisions through a program developing students with leadership ambition, all without additional financial burden or increased human resources.

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Partnering with Families to Promote Career Exploration and Development

By Billie Streufert

Whether it is career aspirations, engaging in exploration, or job search strategies, parents often have great influence on students’ career choices. This article examines opportunities for higher education professionals to partner with family members to advance the career exploration and development of students.

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Transitioning College Students with Asperger’s Syndrome to the World of Work: Implications for Career Counselors

By Abiola Dipeolu and Cassandra A. Storlie

Transition services for post college employment are essential for the success of students with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) on college campuses. This article will introduce considerations for AS college students transitioning to the world of work and provide tools for career counselors to use with this unique population.

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Developing a Large-Scale Informational Interviewing Event Using a Speed-Dating Format

By Leigh Eskin

Students in broad majors are struggling to find career direction. Through an informational event coordinated with the Psychology Department, students were able to explore various career options and speak with leaders in fields of interest. Read about the development, implementation, and feedback from this event so you can create a similar event for your students.

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Career Development and Planning: A Comprehensive Approach

Book Review by Lissa Joy Geiken

One of the most thorough current career development texts has been updated and modernized! The fourth edition of this comprehensive text and the instructor’s manual provide one-stop-shopping for all of the facets of a career development course. This review will introduce you to the changes that have been made and how they will make your professional life easier.

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From Underprepared to Gifted: Helping All College Students Achieve their Career Dreams

By Justina Farley and Amber Hughes

College career counselors see students from across the spectrum, from underprepared to gifted. Given the unique needs of these groups, counselors should use different interventions to help students achieve their career dreams. We will describe these populations, briefly describe constructivist methods for addressing their needs, and present creative tools to add to your counseling toolbox.

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Using Pinterest to Make Career Development Learning Interesting to College Students

By Vera V. Chapman

This article describes how career services professionals may use the new visually rich virtual pin board, Pinterest, to creatively share career development information with college students. Strategies are discussed to make students aware of ways to best use Pinterest in self- and career exploration, personal branding, and job searching.

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Counseling Students Who Need a “Plan B”

By Billie Streufert

Many students need to change career paths or plans after they receive some bad news. Some are rescinded from their chosen degree field or are declined job offers. This article will outline specific techniques to help these students discover alternative occupations and persist in college or the job search.

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A Short-term Fulbright Opportunity for University Career Services Professionals

By Jennifer L. Blanck

Fulbright scholarships and grants are prestigious academic professional development awards, usually for teaching and research. Did you know that there is a two-week Fulbright award program specifically available to career services administrators?

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The Informational Interview: It’s Just About Having Coffee

By Jennifer Vancil

As career development professionals, we often tell our clients to conduct “informational interviews,” but do they really know what that means? Our responsibility is to lower the stakes and remove the fear from this situation. It’s a first date, not a marriage proposal, and it’s simply about making conversation and asking questions.

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Teaching Career Development: A Primer for Instructors and Presenters

Book Review by Emily E. Bullock and Kanwarjit Arora

This monograph was designed to instruct, excite and motivate instructors and presenters in career development, whether new or experienced professionals. In the reviewers’ opinions, it does exactly that.

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Maximizing the Career Development of Students Who Study Abroad

By Vera V. Chapman

This article describes strategies for career services professionals to better prepare students for the many career development opportunities available to them while studying abroad. Recommendations are also made to ensure that the unique career development needs of students are met pre-departure, while abroad, and upon their return home.

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Career Services and the Non-Traditional Student

By John E. Butt

Adult students are not easily provided career services in the same model as provided to traditional-aged students and this group can be easily overlooked. This article outlines how services can specifically be adapted to address this growing student population with programming tailored to their needs.

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LinkedIn: A Tool for Career Counseling with College Students

By Laurie Haskell and Kayla Krupnick Walsh

Very few students know how to use LinkedIn as a tool to advance their careers and many career counselors aren’t sure how to utilize LinkedIn as an educational or counseling resource with students. This article provides techniques for career counselors when using this professional networking tool with students.

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Preparing Student Teachers to Interview Effectively

By Kelly Cooper and Wes Morgan

The efforts by new graduates to find their first teaching position is more challenging today because competition for those positions has increased significantly. An applicant submitting an impressive transcript and exceptional references must still convince an interview committee that she or he is the candidate they want to hire. This article addresses how Rockford College is preparing future teachers for these important interviews.

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Networking for Introverts: Tips and Techniques for Career Counselors

By Wendy LaBenne

With the current economic climate, networking has become even more crucial in securing employment. Yet there are clients who are reluctant to engage in this job search strategy. Learn about tips and techniques to assist these clients with a skill vitally important to reaching their career goals.

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Developing a Group Career Counseling Program: Reflections on the First Year

By Nancy K. Farber

The author shares an account of how a career counseling team developed a group career counseling program at their university. A discussion of the rationale for developing groups, steps taken and participant feedback is included. The process can be adapted to meet the needs of any group of clients.

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There Is No One Page Rule – “Experience” Must Guide A Resume’s Length

By steave savage

The picture of the traditional college student has changed: no longer are students dedicated to just education. Today’s student often holds multiple positions to contribute to their educational expenses, while developing strong work and leadership experience for their resumes. As a result, the traditional “one page resume rule” is outmoded and may not benefit students.

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Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities to Achieve Career Success

By Amanda Ljubicic

Students with hidden disabilities are attending postsecondary institutions in increasing numbers, so it is essential for career counselors to understand the unique needs of this population. Counselors must familiarize themselves with the most common disability diagnoses and the resources and programs available to help students.

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Purpose-Based Advising

By Aaron Basko

When we help our students to develop a personal sense of “purpose”, we help them to understand what they are “built to do” and where they will find satisfaction. This focus on purpose is a lifelong tool which they can use to evaluate options and make decisions about jobs and careers.

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Outcomes and Investments: 10 Opportunities to Partner with Enrollment

By Billie Streufert

Partnerships with other campus offices allow Career Services to have a broader impact within the institution. This article outlines ten steps to take in partnering with Enrollment, one of the most influential campus functions.

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Exploring Majors: A College-Wide Event

By Carly Dennis

A collaborative program between the Career Services staff and college faculty from every academic department yields a well-attended event designed to help students identify academic majors and career paths. What worked for this two-year division of the University of Cincinnati should give you some ideas as well.

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Creative and Engaging Career Assessment: A Visual Strengths-Focused Life Map

By Valentine Roché

The author shares a creative process for engaging clients in discovering their unique talents. In addition to using the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment, the client creates a visual strengths-focused life map to clarify how his/her talents are applied, which engages the client in generative learning while opening up a dialogue for career decision making.

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The ICAN Career Development Model: A post modern framework for understanding career development

By Adry Snorradottir Clark

Due to recent rapid changes in the world of work, many traditional career development models that concentrate on single situation decision-making are outdated. This article discusses a model that was developed by the author and focuses on readiness for lifelong career transition and on developing outcomes that fit current career realities: It identifies active engagement as a key to developing these outcomes, coupled with awareness of what individuals bring to the engagement experience.

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Increasing Collaboration with Faculty: The Starr Sub Program

By Richard Orbé-Austin

In our rush to adopt the newest and most impressive applications of technology in our profession, we may forget about the importance of “face time” with individuals and groups. Here's a tried and true method of collaborating with faculty on classroom presentations in order to expand awareness of the career center and broaden its impact with students.

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Starting a Career Building Peace

By David J. Smith

Wouldn't it be great if more of our students considered peace building and conflict resolution as a career? This article serves as a primer about these fields, outlining the direct and indirect paths of working to promote peace.  The impact of these careers can be local or global, and the need for them has never been greater.

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Motivational Interviewing: An Intervention for At-Risk College Students Seeking Career Services

By Mary-Catherine McClain

This article provides a brief overview of motivational interviewing (MI) and how related principles can be implemented at a university career center. Tools, techniques, and clinical resources for practitioners working with this population are provided.

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Eliciting Change Talk

By Mary-Catherine McClain

Addendum to "Motivational Interviewing: An Intervention for At-Risk College Students Seeking Career Services"

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Junior Business Card Project

By Heather Maietta and Jennifer Williamson

Career Services practitioners know that a well-established professional image can make a difference in being remembered and contribute to landing a job. This article discusses a project in which one Career Center provides business cards to help undergraduates carve out their professional image and stand out in the crowd.

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Who Are You? Integrating Popular Culture into Career Development

By Deborah Bransford and Joni Hays

This article provides a reflective analysis of experiences and benefits of using popular culture to facilitate career exploration experiences of enrolled and prospective college students and their parents. The authors report success in using popular culture to capture audience attention, promote active learning, and encourage continued independent career exploration.

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A Dating Game: How to Make Targeting Each Resume Make Sense to Students

By Kayla Krupnick

Students often question if they really need to target each resume. This article examines a dating analogy in order to make the concept of targeting a resume relevant and understandable to students.

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Finding Your Own Path: Using the Myers-Briggs Step II and Strong Interest Inventory in College Career Counseling

By Darlene Garcia and Catharine Beecher

The insightful and accurate choice of a college major or career direction has always been filled with uncertainty for college students. This article outlines the rationale for a helpful career counseling process to address this problem using two in-depth assessments together, which earned one of the authors NCDA’s Outstanding Career Practitioner award this year.

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What Can You Say in 140 Characters? Using Twitter to Market Career Services

By Caryn Statman

Although some career services professionals have been reluctant to embrace the more trendy aspects of social media, such as Twitter, this article clearly outlines the methods and advantages of “tweeting” within our profession.

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Infusing Career Assessment into a First-Year Experience Course

By Michael Stebleton

A partnership of faculty members and career professionals using a strengths-based assessment tool in a first year inquiry course yields impressive results with the students, and also presents a productive and successful model for collaboration between academic affairs and student affairs units.

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Providing Career Resources for STEM Students during Freshmen Orientation

By Melodie Cameron and Lee Rosenfield

A Career Center and a College of Science provided a straightforward method for conveying information about technical and scientific careers. The goal was to help students judge their level of interest and fit for science related careers, which could better meet the Silicon Valley workforce needs.

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Not Just for Seniors! Connecting First-Year College Students to Career Services

By Diane Farrell

Everyone expects seniors will be concerned about careers. But how do we reach freshmen who also need our assistance? When orientations and everyday marketing weren't working well enough, the career center developed a partnership with the Director of General Education, leading to a 52% increase in career counseling sessions with freshmen.

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Best Practices for Sustaining a Student Advisory Board

By Suzanne Helbig

Many college career centers implement Student Advisory Boards to gain insight into student motivations and preferences, but struggle with challenges like recruiting appropriate members. This article will demonstrate how the UC Berkeley Career Center tackled this challenge.

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New Realities at Work for College Graduates

By Tim Lutenski

The traditional models of work, job, and career have been changing in recent years as future social and economic realities are being drastically transformed. This article outlines a new understanding of jobs and work for new college graduates, as well as how they can succeed despite the uncertainty of these changes and challenges.

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Federal Government Internships Offer Hope in the Tight Economy

By Laura Kapelski

The tightening job market and the federal government's need to replace a retiring work force have created the perfect opportunity for college students to obtain career related internships. This article discusses the rise in federal internships and tips for career counselors to assist students seeking opportunities with the government.

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Best Practice: The Exploring Majors and Careers Tutorial

By Lee Rosenfield

The Career Center at San Jose State University has developed a 5-part online tutorial to assist students in the process of choosing a major and exploring career options. This tutorial has been accessed 10,000 times in the past year. This article outlines both the content of the tutorial and the development process

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Creative Activities as Teaching Tools

By Ying Tang

Career counseling courses have been perceived as plain and theory-based learning by many counseling students. The opportunities for learning should not be limited to lecture and textbooks. Readers who are interested in developing a creative curriculum for your career counseling course may find this article inspiring.

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Maximizing Cultural Awareness: Possible Implications for Vocational Assessment

By Michelle C. Gates

A research description from the 2009 Graduate Student Research Mentor Grant Award Winner: When using objective vocational assessments with clients from non-dominant cultures, conscious effort should be taken to maximize cultural validity. Current thinking and research suggest that the context in which an instrument is administered may actually have the potential to contribute to or detract from the cultural validity of assessment results.

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The Other Side of the Rainbow: Social Support and Career Decision Making Self-Efficacy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Persons

By Martina Preston-Sternberg and Monica Solinas-Saunders

Research shows that a great majority of GLBT persons feel they encounter career development delays and a lack of social support during the "coming out" process. This article presents a number of supportive steps career counselors can take to assist their GLBT clients with career development.

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Helping Students During a "Major" Crisis

By Mary E. Ghilani

Being denied entry into the student's academic major of choice can be a very traumatic experience. The degree of crisis is influenced by several factors including the competitiveness of the major, the amount of emotional investment, and the reaction of the parents. This article provides strategies to help students and their parents during this difficult transition.

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A Game-Show Format for Reaching Out to Millennials

By Farley S. Leiriao and Brian M. Montalvo

Are Millennials in Jeopardy for not starting their career development until graduation is in sight? Or are career services professionals in Jeopardy for not targeting the Millennial learning style?

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Reconsidering College Student Career Options in 2009 and Beyond

By Patrick Lennahan

The "perfect storm" of a faulty global economy has already begun to have a multi-tiered effect on college students, changing their options for next semester, next year, and beyond.

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Using REBT to Overcome College Students’ Interview Anxiety

By Sarah Schmidt and Marion Cavallaro

Interview anxiety is common among college students who are starting their search for internships and employment. Albert Ellis’ Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a useful tool for college students trying to overcome their interview anxiety. Career counselors can easily teach the ABC method of Ellis’ approach.

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Parents as Partners in College Student Career Planning

By Sharon Gilbert

College Career Counselors can facilitate the process of parental involvement in the student's career development.

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How to Plan and Develop a Career Center (Second Edition)

Book review by Sarah Clark

The second edition of How to Plan and Develop a Career Center, edited by Don A. Schutt, Jr., covers many topics that are essential in starting or improving a career center. The book addresses virtually every aspect of this topic, but cannot go into nearly as much depth as one might like. However, it is a great resource for those charged with managing or building a career center in educational, corporate or community settings, as well as online.

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Rapid Fire Results, Part II: The Secret of Memorability

By Linda Domenitz

In a follow-up to the July 2007 article Rapid Fire Results for Clueless Jobseekers and Other Educated People, the author gives further detail on coaching students through reverse role play in the interview. This article also outlines a storytelling technique for stimulating memorable visual imagery in the interview in order to leave a lasting impression on the interviewer.

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Holland's RIASEC Theory and Applications: Exploring a Comprehensive Bibliography

By Elizabeth A. Ruff, Robert C. Reardon and Sara C. Bertoch

Just how widespread is Holland�s influence? Is the study and application of RIASEC limited to the post-secondary setting? Once the authors created a bibliography of 1,609 reference citations related to Holland�s theory and applications from 1953 to early 2007, it became obvious that references related to his work have been steady, and interest continues.

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Identifying and Reframing Negative Thoughts of Undecided College Students

By Brian M. Montalvo and Joel R. Driver

Many students have negative or self-defeating thoughts about themselves or the world of work that make it difficult for them to solve their career problems and/or make career decisions. This article will outline an approach to identifying negative thoughts when working with students and then assisting them to reframe these as positives for career decision-making.

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Using E-Mail to Mentor Students

By Melissa Venable

Online mentoring can be a new way to reach students while maximizing an existing technology tool (e-mail) that is already widely in use. Those interested in developing an online mentoring program should consider the advantages and disadvantages. Current programs provide lessons learned and encouragement for developing similar programs of ones own.

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Group Career Counseling: Practices and Principles

Excerpts from the book by K. Richard Pyle

The Table of Contents, Introduction, and Chapter One are excerpted directly from the book and made available for you to peruse. Graduate Students may find this book particularly useful. Distributing excerpts like this is a special feature of Career Convergence and is provided to readers to highlight the excellent resources available through NCDA.

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Facilitating College Students' Ethical Decision-Making in the Job Search

By Laura Winkler

College students face many ethical decisions during the job search process. It is important for university career centers to inform students about job search ethics through a variety of communication modes and tools. Examples of these tools and implications for career development professionals are discussed.

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Utilizing Film and Television to Illuminate Career Development Concepts

By Billie Streufert

This article reviews the benefits of utilizing television and film in career development courses. In addition to engaging students, media scenes portray concepts, normalize students' experience, and initiate discussions. Concepts in the media that are examined include self-efficacy, sex typing, social valuation, value conflicts, cultural perceptions of work and academic majors, factors to consider when selecting a major, and interview skills.

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Career Development as a Retention Tool: Early Intervention for Incoming Deciding Freshmen

By Wendy Becker-Jamison and Wendy LaBenne

How do college career centers reach out to deciding incoming freshmen? Saint Louis University initiated an early intervention program designed to engage students in the career development process prior to arriving on campus in the fall. Not only did students increase awareness of the career decision-making process, but the program may also serve as a retention tool for the University.

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The Role of Early Recollections in Career Counseling

By Keley Smith-Keller

Early recollections, as a tool in narrative therapy approaches, have useful applications in career counseling both in higher education and in other settings. This article provides an outline of how to use early recollections both with individuals and in classroom settings.

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Career Center Advisory Committees: Connecting with your Stakeholders

By Janet G. Lenz

Career centers in higher education often think about creating some type of advisory committee to help guide their efforts. These committees take many different forms, depending on the goals the center is trying to accomplish in creating an advisory committee. This article shares some practical advice for those seeking to create such a committee and some pitfalls to be aware of in the process.

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Rapid Fire Results for Clueless Jobseekers and other Educated People

By Linda Domenitz

Many students fail to consider their audience when preparing for the employment search. Using a theatre arts approach role playing enables career services professionals to achieve rapid results helping students.

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Call to Action: Women and Work / Life Balance

By Natalie Kauffman

Join career services professionals from women�s colleges as they network with each other in person and virtually at the NCDA conference in Seattle. The "Call to Action" will center on forging an ongoing forum of women's college career services professionals and on the need to attend to work/life balance in providing career services to students and alums of women�s colleges.

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Framing Career Expectations in Graduating Seniors

By Laura Demarse

As many of us get to know students and counsel them on the variety of issues surrounding obtaining meaningful employment upon graduation, we periodically hear career expectations that make us scratch our heads and think, "Hmmm, how do I provide unconditional positive regard, listen authentically, and ground and shape their career expectations without discouraging them or endorsing unrealistic expectations?" This article presents five topics to cover in providing our students a framework for success.

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Career Counseling "At-Risk" College Students: Providing Direction and Support

By Michael E. Remshard

The Adaptive Counseling and Therapy (A.C.T.) model focuses on how counselors and teachers act to change student behaviors. This article offers a brief narrative introduction to the A.C.T. model. The model makes clear how counseling skills can be mixed and matched to fit any student�s or group�s presenting vocational situation with dignity and respect.

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Using Career Convergence as a Teaching Tool in Counselor Education Programs

By Julia Y. Porter

How do we provide realistic learning experiences for graduate students in counselor education programs to prepare them to become career counselors? Career Convergence can be used as an effective teaching tool to provide current, practical information about techniques and strategies being used by practicing career counselors.

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National Service as a Post-Secondary Option

By Janet E. Wall

Typical career options for youth include entering the job market, obtaining further education, participation in training programs, and serving in the military. Add national service to the list of possibilities for individuals who want other avenues for doing something meaningful and important.

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www.MyMajors.com: Supporting University-Level Academic Advisement

by Fritz H. Grupe

Career development professionals utilize a wide range of instruments to assist students in planning their futures. MyMajors.com, a recently implemented online computerized program, helps students find an appropriate college major. It is being used by a wide range of educational institutions to supplement their advisement resources.

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Career Portfolios For College Students

by Dawn C. Sherman and Edward Kolek

What do CD�s, one�s left arm, and the value of the process versus the product have to do with Portfolios? College Counselors who read this article gain everything they need to answer those questions and help their students succeed in the interview and the professional world. This article is a follow-up to $$Link, http://209.235.208.145/cgi-bin/WebSuite/tcsAssnWebSuite.pl?Action=DisplayNewsDetails&RecordID=803&Sections=3&IncludeDropped=1&AssnID=NCDA&DBCode=130285,The Professional Development Seminar (PDS) Program At Nichols College$$, which appeared in Career Convergence in May 2006.

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Attempting to Improve Retention through Academic and Career Collaboration

by Alison Grewe and Vivechkanand Chunoo

What measures are being implemented to ensure that first-year students successfully matriculate? What are advisors doing to ensure that first-years become vested not only in their futures but in their institutions? The Academic and Career Advisor in Residence program was initiated at the University of Miami to connect academic advising to the student experience in the residential setting.

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Career Development and Planning: A Comprehensive Approach

Book review by Katarzyna Ganko and Cynthia Kivland

In order to develop a fulfilling career one needs to take charge of ones career. To make this happen, counselors start with self knowledge, as well as awareness of job market reality, and then employ various methodologies to design a path toward career/life fulfillment. This is the perspective taken by the authors of Career Development and Planning: A Comprehensive Approach.

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Straight Jobs, Gay Lives: Sexual Orientation and Career Decision Making

by Mark Brostoff

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (GLBT) students preparing for entry into the work force are faced with career planning challenges related to their sexual orientation.

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Facilitating Students' Capacity to Engage with the Cultural Context of Career Development

by Matthew A. Diemer

Career counseling courses have untapped potential in training counselors to address the cultural context of career development and well-being. Students may learn counseling, guidance, advocacy, and intervention skills that address the contextual and structural layers of career development, producing change agents who impact clients� lives, our profession, and our social structure.

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The Professional Development Seminar (PDS) Program At Nichols College

by Dawn C. Sherman and Edward Kolek

Aligning with its mission to ��provide the best practically oriented business education in New England�, Nichols College has developed Professional Development Seminars (PDS), a series of four 1-credit courses designed to enhance the professional skills of our students as they become candidates in the job market. These required courses were developed specifically with the Nichols student in mind, and uniquely address the College�s mission to prepare all students with the professional skills necessary for success in their careers.

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Rejection, Rejection, Rejection!

by Jengyee Liang

Students who are aware of how the job hunt works and what attitude to adopt when rejection occurs will manage rejection appropriately and not let it distract them from the task of landing a job. This article outlines situations involving rejection and includes activities that mimic the job hunt and allow students to practice handling rejection before a future job is on the line.

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Facebook: Put your Best Face Forward!

by: Martina Sternberg and Marie A. Soto

Facebook is an online directory for contacting friends through networks of academic and geographic centers and is very popular among high school and college students. It seems innocent, but do they know that employers, parents and even the Secret Service can have access to their Facebook? How can Career Centers educate students on using Facebook as a positive means of networking?

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The University of Arkansas' Professional Development Institute

by Barbara Batson

According to a recent National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey, employers seek ten specific qualities and characteristics (such as flexibility and communication skills) when interviewing job applicants. At the University of Arkansas, students can develop these sought after skills and more through an intentional process -- the Professional Development Institute (PDI).

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Internships: Bulldozing Roadblocks to Effective Career Services

by Bill Coplin

What do you need to place at the top of your priority list in 2006? The most powerful bulldozer to remove the roadblocks of fuzzy thinking and blind vested interest -- the internship.

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The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership

Review by Erica S. Whitfield

Steve Farbers book The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership explains the valuable lessons that help individuals evolve into Extreme Leaders. He proposes that in order for an individual to change the world, he or she has to change his or her world first. If you have a few moments, read through this book review and if you are interested, pick up the book at the local library; it wont take long to read!

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The Role of Career Counselors in Global Education

by Satomi Yaji

The phenomenon of globalization has had a significant impact on the area of career development. With this reality, how are the students perspectives addressed during career counseling? This article explores the various student populations on campuses and provides suggestions for career counselors.

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A Systematic Approach for Addressing College Student Retention

by Kent Koebke

This article provides educators with a systematic approach for studying student retention. The system we used includes the following three steps: 1) Identify the problem, 2) Build a model based on simplified assumptions and 3) Collect data and test the model. As career development professionals, it is important that we identify the risk factors associated with student retention so that we can play our part in reducing them, and thus help increase students future career success.

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Online Career Portfolios: Reactions from users and employers

by Katie E. Meyer and Jill A. Lumsden

Online portfolio systems are useful career development and job search tools. Data collected from student users of an online Career Portfolio, as well as from employers familiar with the system, are presented.

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What Do I Like to Do?

Book Review by Thomas F. Harrington

A book to assist new and experienced professionals explore and measure interests by providing 101 activities to help students do educational and career planning.

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Got Job Openings? Go With the Flow

by Jon Shy

More and more career centers are developing online databases of employer information and job openings. However, many career centers still maintain hard copies of job notices. The following article presents one Universitys job notice filing system.

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Making Career Services a Point of Difference

by Colleen Johnson

In order to make career services a point of difference in higher education, collaboration amongst career services staff, students, faculty and alumni/ae is essential in increasing student traffic and marketability. The article provides an example of a comprehensive four-year career development program called Pathways.

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Connect College to Career

Book Review by Danielle Savage

Connect College to Career: A Students Guide to Work and Life Transitions is an aptly-named guide which powerfully interweaves career development and psychological theory, interactive exercises, inspiring quotations and relevant case studies to facilitate undergraduates' effectively preparing for the transition to the work world.

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Holistic Career Guidance for the At-Risk College Student

by Marilyn Joseph

The article provides a holistic approach to career counseling. Because of the demands and responsibilities that we all face, it is important that students examine a variety of factors in making career choices. Guidelines for assessing and exploring the students background, identifying and establishing external support systems, and specific activities to promote their future career success are provided.

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Career Development for Graduate Students: Building a Workshop Series

by Tamara Baker & Julie Newman

The article discusses a new career workshop series tailored specifically to graduate students. The program was designed to strengthen the career centers relationship with graduate students. Topics, resources, collaboration ideas and future initiatives are provided.

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Social Entrepreneurial Pathbreakers

by Mark Stefanick and Kristin Eicholtz

Non-profit organizations are reaching out to the college student population. Discover how college students can employ an entrepreneurial spirit to open many doors for visionary and problem-solving creativity. They can creatively test their skills by volunteering smarter, not harder!

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From Backpacks to Briefcases

by Lorri Sonnendecker

One of lifes biggest milestones is transitioning into the world of work and getting that first job. Career centers can help students move forward in this process more confidently by offering workshops and services preparing them for that first year.

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Recipe For Frustration: Mixing Up Job Search With Career Exploration

by Dana Alexander

Some college seniors and recent alumni who cant find meaningful work have made the false assumption that they are in a job search stage when they have omitted the first step of career exploration. Helping them see their true location will make the pathway clearer.

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Creative Marketing on a Limited Budget

by May Lansigan

How can Career Centers effectively market to students on a limited budget? Tough question, but weve got some creative answers! First, it is important to understand the audience to whom our marketing efforts are directed and then identify the unique challenges that follow. The fun begins when we present cost-effective options and real-life examples that Career Centers can utilize!

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Breaking Barriers: Career Centers Reaching Out to Students with Disabilities

by Beth Lulgjuraj & Sarah Lucas Hartley

Adapting your career center to support individuals with disabilities is not as difficult as you may think. Some suggestions include using disability-friendly computer programs, working with community agencies, creating resources, having a staff liaison, and ensuring that your Web site is user-friendly to individuals with disabilities.

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How to Gain R&R Through Volunteering

by Mark Stefanick

According to a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, an astounding 46 percent of graduating students do not have internship experience. Discover why your students should add a quality volunteering achievement to their resume and its not just to gain Rest and Relaxation!

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A Little Exercise to Help College Freshman Apply a Skills Perspective to their Educational Planning

By William Coplin

How many college students will be able to give an excellent answer to the perennial question, "what are you going to do with your degree?" With the help of the exercise in this article, the answer could go something like this: "I am going to get a good job and have a great career because my college education will give me the skills that all employers want."

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10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College:The KNOW-HOW You Need to Succeed

Book Review by David P. Helfand

We all know that in tight economic times simply having a degree is no guarantee for employment. Bill Coplin, Syracuse University professor, describes what skills employers are looking for in todays college graduates. This book is a great asset for college students and for those who work in higher education.

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Career Services For Distance Students

by Cyndy Redifer and April Crandell Peterson

The rising number of students enrolling in distance education programs presents new challenges for career counselors. This article addresses the development of services for distance students at Regis University, trends in distance education and information about professional ethical codes, as they pertain to online services.

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Establishing Common Ground: Cultural and Family Values in Career Decision-Making

by Yas Djadali

When working with a diverse population of students, it is essential that we take a holistic approach to our career counseling services. As helping professionals, we must recognize and consider the cultural and family background of each student and how these values might impact their career decision-making. This article provides a step-by-step approach for exploring cultural and family work values and developing tailored career counseling strategies.

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Family Lifework Activities Can Help Students Make Career and Educational Choices

By Sally Gelardin

Imagine that your students understand how their education and internships relate to their future work and career goals, graduate with honors, and find satisfying work upon graduation. Unfortunately, this scenario doesnt usually happen in real life. Students have a difficult time selecting majors that are in conflict with their parents expectations and often cannot make career decisions. Family Lifework Activities can help students make successful career and educational choices.

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The Use of Analogy in Career Presentations

by Alan Farber

Career presentations can be rather sterile and uninteresting affairs. The use of relevant and interesting analogies is effective in capturing students imagination, relating foreign topics to familiar ones, and inviting participation in career development workshops.

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Teaching Counselors about Computer-Assisted Career Guidance

by Becky L. Bobek

A free new counselor training curriculum, ACTs DISCOVER Career Guidance Graduate Training Curriculum and Tool Kit, represents a best practice approach to preparing counselors in the effective use of computer-based career guidance systems with high school and college students. Through guided study and hands-on exploration, prospective counselors become savvy consumers of computer-assisted career guidance systems (CACGs). They also learn to unlock the full potential of CACGs to help students with career planning.

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The Forgotten: Graduate Student Career Services

by Martin F. Hill and Dwaine S. Campbell

This article addresses the need for graduate student career development activities to fill the void faced by this population. Personnel at some universities are not meeting the career development needs of graduate students. The authors address the need for services, propose activities, and list goals/objectives associated with providing career services for graduate students.

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Major Decisions: A Stand-Alone Web site for Undecided Students

by Donna Vinton

At the University of Northern Iowa, academic web authoring software has been used to create a stand-alone web site for students who are undecided about their major. Students diagnose where they are in the career decision-making process and then link to information specifically related to their career needs.

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Prepare, Practice, and Persistence

By Michael S. Levy

Resumes, job interviews, or the follow up, which one is most important when it comes to landing the perfect career position? All three, but without Preparation, Practice, and Persistence, you might significantly diminish your competitive advantage. Increase your own or your clients job search skills with the 3 Ps.

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