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My Life with A Theory: John L. Holland's Autobiography and Theory of Careers

Book Review by Brian M. Montalvo

As career practitioners and lifelong students of career development, where might we turn to gain a subjective understanding of a theory of careers? How can we connect the past with the present and future of our field? If libraries are a place to look, then this book is a place to start now.

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Counselor Educators & Researchers

Career Research: Challenges and Strategies in the Time of COVID

By Lia D. Falco, Carol Klose Smith, Brian Calhoun, and Debra Osborn

A review of the unprecedented changes resulting from the pandemic reveals much about the nature of work. Our field must acknowledge the complex and dynamic nature of the pandemic and, consequently, the complex and dynamic implications for career practice, counselor education, and research. Suggested strategies are shared.

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Independent Practice

The Intersection of Career Development and Spirituality: Considerations for Career Professionals

By Amber Samuels

Spirituality is part of the fabric of multiculturalism and an important identity element of clients seeking career services. This article offers tools to address the intersection of spirituality and career across various dimensions of the career counseling process, including interests and values, sources of support, and career decision-making.

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K-12

ProjectMe: An Approach to Career Exploration in High School

By Destiny O’Rourke

High school students are faced with the challenge of deciding which postsecondary path to take, oftentimes without proper structure for action. This article presents ProjectMe, a program that combines the State of Kentucky’s model with Super’s career development theory to develop an effective career preparation and exploration framework for high school students.

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Post-Secondary

Advising Students on Writing Personal Statements for Law School

By Lauren Dropkin

When it comes to personal statements for law school, not all essays are created equal. Career practitioners need to be equipped with the knowledge needed to empower students to construct compelling content and avoid common mistakes. They can ask specific questions to guide students through this process.

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Workplaces

Supporting Internal Interview Success Through Selling Techniques

By Carol Sommerfield

At times, internal candidates are the right fit for open positions and yet they fail during the interview process. This is a loss for the company and for the employee. Why do internal employees fall short in interviews and how can Human Resource professionals help them communicate their unique fit for a position? One solution is to teach employees selling techniques to help them overcome interview pitfalls.

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NCDA News

Promoting Career Development in National Career Development Month

By Morgan Ray and Tovon Hamilton

“My Future Career - Imagine the Possibilities” is the theme of the 55th Annual NCDA Poetry and Art Contest. Now more than ever, the world is experiencing a kaleidoscope of change. Celebrations and creative outlets can aid in the release of stress from daily life.

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Tech Tips

Take a Mindfulness Break with Insight Timer

Whether you are trying to manage stress and anxiety as a practitioner or working with clients and students who are looking for assistance, Insight Timer is one tool to consider. Accessible on your desktop and via mobile app, this collection of mindfulness tools includes thousands of guided meditations, music recordings, presentations, courses, and live events. The free version also features yoga classes, resources to help improve sleep, and activities tailored for children. Stressful times often call for new strategies. Not sure if a mindfulness app is for you? Explore some of the tools for beginners, such as “mindfulness at work” and “boosting your self-esteem.”


Submitted by Melissa A. Venable, PhD melissa.a.venable@gmail.com

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