Career Developments Magazine


Career Developments, the NCDA magazine for members-only, is a themed publication offering articles that balance a broad vision with practical applications. Published four times per year, each issue offers a focused article on a select theme, a feature article on a prominent NCDA event, specific content for five departments, and four regular columns. The Publication Schedule and Editorial Team is listed below, or click here for complete Submission Guidelines.

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Career Developments Winter 2014The Winter 2014 Issue is focused on the unique career needs of military veterans as they transition from active service to the civilian workforce. In this issue, our contributors help raise awareness of the specific needs of our veterans while providing resources for career counselors and specialists so that we can better service the needs of military veterans. In addition, the feature article is written by the co-chairs of the NCDA Veterans Committee and provides information about steps taken and future recommendations by NCDA and the Committee to prepare professionals to effectively meet veteran’s needs.



Winter 2014 Focus - Overview:


Facing Transitions: Education and Employment Pathways for Military Veterans

By Shawn P. Conlon, Seth C.W. Hayden, and Ted Daywalt


As the number of military veterans joining the civilian workforce continues to rise, career counselors and specialists must be prepared to support the unique career development needs and challenges of this client group. The authors address new military initiatives that are being implemented across all branches to better support the transitions of military veterans from active service and how career professionals can help. In addition, the authors highlight the need for focused and thoughtful career services within institutions of higher education to meet the needs of veteran students as well as tips for partnering with veterans through a pro-active employment search.


Shawn P. Conlon, Ed.S., NCC (shawn.conlon@ heads the Marine Corps’ Personal and Professional Development branch where he integrates a portfolio of services, including transition assistance, to assist Marines and their families to return to the communities and towns of America as the highest quality citizens they can be.

Seth C.W. Hayden, Ph.D., NCC ( is an assistant professor of counseling at Wake Forest University. He has experience providing career and personal development services to active-duty military service members and veterans. His primary research interests are the career and mental health needs of our military population in addition to the connection between career and mental health concerns.

Ted Daywalt ( is the president of VetJobs (, the Veterans of Foreign Wars internet job board. He is a retired Navy Captain with 28 years of service (7 active, 21 Reserve), and has 34 years industry experience. He earned degrees from Florida State University (BS, 1971), University of Southern California (MA, 1977) and Goizueta School of Business, Emory University (MBA, 1980).


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Current Editor, as of September 1, 2013,  Jenn Long

Founding Editor, 2007-2010, Melanie Reinersman

Second Editor, 2010-2013, Tim Lutenski

Publication Schedule

Issue DateFocusFeature*Deadline
Winter Dec 2014 Servicing the Career Needs of Military Veterans Supporting Military Veterans:
NCDA Insights & Initiatives
Sept. 8, 2014
Spring 2015 International Issues in Career
Development: A Global Perspective
NCDA Global Career Development Conference Dec. 8, 2014
Summer 2015 Navigating Career Uncertainty and Change tba Mar. 8, 2015
 Fall 2015  Integrating Theory, Research & Practice in Career Development  NCDA Award Winners  June 8, 2015
Winter Dec 2015 Career Development in Business & Industry tba Sept 8, 2015

 * This is the deadline for the final submission. Please contact an editor in advance of this deadline if you would like to contribute.


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Facing Transitions: Education and Employment Pathways for Military Veterans

By Shawn P. Conlon, Seth C.W. Hayden, and Ted Daywalt


Veterans and Career Development: Challenges & Opportunities for Professionals & NCDA

By Robert A. Miles and Charles Lehman


Special Features

NCDA Awards Committee: Give Writing a Recommendation Letter a Try!

By Lauren Little and Susan Wade


Welcome 2014-2015 NCDA Board of Directors


NCDA Awards: Righting a Wrong in Honor of Niel Carey



From the President:

Helping Military Veterans Find Purpose and Connection Within the Civilian Workforce

By Mark Danaher


Thought Leader Insights
By Jenn Long


From the Executive Director:

A Call to Celebrate, Recognize, and Serve Military Veterans

By Deneen Pennington


Ethics in a Nutshell

By Veronica Mansour


On the Web
By Melanie Reinersman


The Marketplace

By Charles Lehman



Professional Counselors

Working with Veterans with Disabilities

By Vic Massaglia

School Counselors

Working with Veterans with Disabilities

By Vic Massaglia

Graduate Students

The Veterans Career Pathways Program: Maximizing Professional Interactions within the Community

By Brad Zivov

Career Development Facilitator

Veteran Resumes: Using the SOAR Model to Assist with Developing Accomplishment Statements

By Bret Anderson


REMEMBER: NCDA Elections have been removed from the Winter issue to start at the summer conference. Members should watch email for details.