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. VIEW A SAMPLE ARTICLE NOW: " Veterans And Career Development Challenges Opportunities For Professionals NCDA" (Miles & Lehman, Winter 2014).


Summer 2015

Cd Summer 2015This issue explores tools, techniques and recommendations for diverse client populations who may face career transition and change. As we know, navigating career change can be very challenging, and career counselors and specialists should be well equipped to help clients face these challenges.
We are also pleased to highlight the NCDA Leadership Academy in this issue. The Leadership Academy was created with the ultimate goal of identifying and nurturing future groups of NCDA leaders.

Summer 2015 Focus Article:

Intentional Exploration: A Holistic Process to Navigate Career Change and Uncertainty

By Mark Franklin

Frameworks to guide effective, thoughtful and proactive career change and management are needed to counter reactive online job search methods and personality dependent advice-giving. According to Clifton (2011) there is a massive global shortage of 1.8 billion “good” jobs. He suggests that every individual is an economic engine and source of jobs energy. To win the coming jobs war, innovation, optimism, determination, creativity, hope and drive is needed for both job creators and job seekers.


Mark Franklin, M.Ed., CMF ( leads and CareerCycles, a career management social enterprise with 3500+ clients, co-authored Who You Are Matters! game, and received the Stu Conger Career Development Leadership Award.


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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*FINAL Deadline
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
Spring March 2016 Best Practices for Both New and Seasoned Professionals NCDA Global Career Development Conference Dec 8, 2015
Summer June 2016 Public Policy and Career Development Workforce Innovation Act (tentative) Mar 8, 2016

 * This is the deadline for the final article submission. If you are interested in writing for Career Developments magazine, please contact the appropriate editor below well in advance of the issue deadline, as authors are selected for an issue shortly following the previous issue's submission deadline date. Please contact with any questions.


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Career Developments Magazine

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.

SUMMER 2015: Navigating Career Uncertainty and Change



Intentional Exploration: A Holistic Process to Navigate Career Change and Uncertainty

By Mark Franklin


NCDA Leadership Academy: Fostering Future Leaders

By Ron Cathey


Special Features

Tips from an Expert

By Carol Vecchio


Where Do We Get Great Ideas? 2015 Survey

By Career Developments Editorial Team



From the President: Navigating Uncertainty to Rediscover Purpose and Connection

By Mark Danaher


Thought Leader Insights
By Jenn Long

From the Executive Director: Navigating Career Change: NCDA's Crucial Role
By Deneen Pennington


Ethics in a Nutshell
By Meagan Kittrick


On the Web
By Melanie Reinersman


The Marketplace
By Charles Lehman



Professional Counselors & Specialists

Career Transition and Reinvention: Unlocking Potential

By Linda Sollars

School Counselors

The Boys and Girls Clubs: Navigating Career Uncertainty and Change for Our Youth

By Michael Waite

Graduate Students

Finding Meaning and Purpose in the Labyrinth of Career Uncertainty and Change

By Amanda White and Barb Valusek

Career Development Facilitator

Guiding Clients Through a Successful Career Change

By Lori Cleymans


Higher Education

Helping Staff Navigate Career Development and Change: A Model from Higher Education

By Diane Kohler