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.

CD Spring 2014The Spring 2014 issue is focused on a growing trend in the workforce — Portfolio Careers. Unlike traditional employment, typically a part-time or full-time job with one employer, a portfolio career is a unique combination of opportunities with multiple employers that, in combination, make up part-time or full-time employment.


In this issue, our contributors address the pros and cons of this type of work, provide useful resources for working with clients interested in transitioning to this mode of employment, and offer insight into how to prepare students, career transitioners, and even career development professionals for a portfolio career. 



Spring 2014 Focus: How to Help Your Clients Thrive in a Free Agent Economy

By: Nancy Collamer

Whether by choice or necessity, a surprisingly large percentage of Americans will soon be working in something other than a traditional full-time job. This article walks through the changing world of portfolio careers and the free agent economy, providing actionable strategies and resources for how career professionals can help their clients thrive within this growing career trend.


Members can read the full article in the magazine, then connect with Nancy on her website at or on Twitter @NancyCollamer.  Non-members are invited to join NCDA to receive this benefit, and lots more!




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

Founding Editor, 2007-2010, Melanie Reinersman

Second Editor, 2010-2013, Tim Lutenski

Publication Schedule

Issue DateFocusFeatureDeadline
March 2014
Portfolio Careers in the 21st Century NCDA Global Career Development Conference, Boston Dec 8, 2013
June 2014
Helping Students to Become College & Career Ready Assisting Young People for College and Career Readiness: A Family Affair Mar. 8, 2014
Sept 2014
Using Technology & Social Media NCDA Award Winners & NCD Month Jun 8, 2014
Winter Dec 2014 Servicing the Career Needs of Military Veterans tba Sept. 8, 2014



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Cover of the Winter 2008 edition of Career Developments Magazine

Career Developments is a themed publication offering articles that balance a broad vision with practical applications. All NCDA members receive this as a benefit of membership. Learn more about Career Developments.




How to Help Your Clients Thrive in a Free Agent Economy
By Nancy Collamer


California Dreaming About the 2014 NCDA Career Development Conference
By Ann Herrmann and Lisa Severy


From the President:
Portfolio Careers in a Changing Workplace
By Lisa Severy

Thought Leader Insights: A Conversation with Daniel Pink
By Jenn Long

From the Executive Director:
An Expanding Portfolio Career: My Personal Journey
By Deneen Pennington

Special Feature
By Linda Faucheux, Jennifer Earls and Deepesh Faucheux

Ethics in a Nutshell
By Sarah Patterson-Mills

On the Web
By Melanie Reinersman

Past President Thoughts
By Michael Shahnasarian



Professional Counselors

Redefining Stability Through Portfolio Careers
By Marie Zimenoff

School Counselors

Preparing Students for Portfolio Careers and Multiple Career Changes
By Courtney J. Wilson

Graduate Students

Is a Portfolio Career Right for You? Evaluating, Planning, and Taking Action
By Brittany Melvin

Career Development Facilitator

Illegal to Legal: Strategies for Career Coaches Working with the Offender Population
By Alan Crawley and Fred Chandler