2020 Conference Presentations and Roundtables

Presentations and Roundtables are currently listed alphabetically by Chair's Last Name. Presentations will be listed by session time in early March. Always check the conference app (beginning in May 2020) for the most accurate details.




Multiculturalism and Inclusivity Matter: Training for Career Center Employees

This session will draw on knowledge from the fields of vocational and multicultural psychology to highlight the importance of multicultural training. Presenters will share findings from a pilot study on multicultural training, as well as offer practical examples, recommendations, and resources for training on multicultural competencies and cross-cultural helping skills.

Keely Alexander, University of Missouri Career Center; Craig Benson, University of Missouri Career Center; Xinling Liu, University of Missouri Career Center


Embracing Innovation to Build Career Competencies for Student Staff

When our department was encouraged to embrace innovative thinking, student paraprofessionals designed, built, and managed a homegrown online document review process, and gained important career competencies along the way. The presenters  will share what pushed them to value innovative approaches, how the service was built, and the skills the students gained.

Emma Andruczyk, University of Illinois


Cultural Humility: Assisting Career Practitioners in Being Open and Humble with Diverse Clients

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are crucial career development components. Utilizing a lens of cultural humility assists practitioners in being open and non-judgmental to clients' experiences while seeking to understand clients' worldviews. Practitioners will have the opportunity to examine personal privilege and identity in order to practice humility with diverse clients.

Marty Apodaca, University of New Mexico - Office of Career Services; Autumn Collins, University of New Mexico - Office of Career Services


Applying the Legislative Process to Inspire Innovation, Increase Diversity, and Promote Social Justice in Career Practice

Moving the Mission of NCDA Forward   This interactive session will provide an update of the NCDA 2020 Govermental Relations and legislative priorities as well as how members can become more involved in their states to support these initiates promoting Career Development experiences to youth and adults in all phases of their career development.  During the Q/A portion, members will have an opportunity to interact with the NCDA lobbyist to share issues, concerns and discuss state and national strategies promoting the NCDA mission.

Diana Bailey, NCDA Governmental Relations Committee; Jason Ortega, LobbyIT; Natalie Kauffman;  Niel Carey; Brian Banks, ACA


Promoting Social Justice for the Career Development of International Students in a Climate of Uncertainty

Using the NCDA International Student Services Committee's research and the presenters' professional experience, this presentation will identify multicultural and social-justice counseling skills and advocacy strategies for career counseling with international students. Participants will apply these strategies to a program or case sample, and learn about resources for more professional development.

Elif Balin, San Francisco State University; Yangyang Liu, Penn State University; Ellen Zold Goldman, Northeastern University; Sharena Cotellesse Payne, American University Career Center; Arame Mbodj, Stanford University


Engaging Counselor Preparation Programs to Address Foundational Gaps in Early Career Development for Poor Children

Emphasis on early career development has potential to plant seeds of hope for a better future among children of poverty.  In poor schools where counseling resources are lacking, collaboration with counselor preparation programs offers a tool to benefit both student populations and serves to demonstrate social justice in action.

Kathleen Barrett, University of Saint Joseph


Start Them Young! Innovative Ideas for Elementary Level Postsecondary and Career Readiness Programs

Participants in this presentation will explore innovative, research-based postsecondary and career readiness strategies designed with diverse K-5 students' needs in mind. The presenters will integrate standards, professional literature, and creativity in addition to discussing social justice themes throughout the presentation.

Carolyn Berger, University of Minnesota; Marguerite Ohrtman, University of Minnesota


Beyond Engagement: Supervising New Professionals with Non-counseling Career Backgrounds from Hiring to Retention

In higher education settings, those tasked with career counseling often present with diverse professional and educational backgrounds, ranging from recruiting, HR, and beyond. This presentation will provide a framework for training and supervising individuals, from peer advisors to full-time staff, for whom professional counseling is a new role.

Ana Clara Blesso, University of Connecticut, Center for Career Development; Sara Gould, University of Florida, Career Connections Center


Social Justice Strategies for Integrating Career Development into Counseling Supervisory Practices

Career development has represented a significant factor in counselor professional identity.  Although supervision and career development have been foundational to counseling practices, unifying their domains has been a mutually exclusive process. The presenters will exemplify career development content and social justice practices to unify with multiple supervision modalities.

Christian D. Chan, Idaho State University; Timothy J. Hakenewerth, Idaho State University; Katie Sacco, Idaho State University; Seneka Arrington, Idaho State University; Lance Erickson, Idaho State University


High-Impact Social Media Strategies for a Thriving Career Practice

Struggling to establish and manage an attractive social media presence for your private career practice? Learn from a full-time marketing account manager and part-time private career practitioner how to attract and engage more clients into your practice using compelling copy, captivating graphics, high-impact video, and a strategic social media calendar.

Vera Chapman, Vera V. Chapman, LLC


School Counselors as Advocates for the Career Development Needs of African American Students

School counselors are charged with working with students in the academic, social/emotional, and career domains. Literature suggests school counselors spend less time in the career domain. This presentation will highlight the importance of school counselor advocacy/social justice awareness, multicultural competency and career development for African American high school students.

Carla Cheatham, Bremen High School/Governors State University; Erin Mason, Georgia State University; John Nwosu, Garrett Middle School; Ugonna Ume, Georgia State University


You're Ready to Start your Own Practice…Now What? Key Tips for Starting your Private Practice

Congratulations! You have decided to start a private practice and now you probably have a lot of questions and things to consider. This presentation will help you make sure you have the right tools in your toolbox for getting started and maintaining your successful practice.

Amanda Chenkin, Choice Career Counseling, LLC; Sharon Givens, Visions Counseling and Career Center


How Career Mentors Empower Students to Win in a Competitive Market

Hamline University attracts modest, hardworking students. Forty-percent are first-generation college students. In a competitive metropolitan market, our students need to network confidently and convey competitive advantage to win opportunities. Our Career Mentor Program succeeds through 1) student ownership, 2) skill-building content and 3) personalized executive mentor support.

Kay Lillig Cotter, Hamline University; Pam Newcome, Hamline University; Thomas Schlick, Hamline University; Foujia Ahmed, Hamline University 


Inspiring Innovation by Empowering Academic Advising Partners Using Career Counseling Theories and Beyond

Career development occurs everywhere in career centers, throughout campuses, and beyond. How do we help students receive high-quality information when we are not there? At Illinois, all students meet with academic advisors, 94% of whom report having career conversations with students weekly. Learn about our Career Certificate Program for Advisors.

Amanda Cox, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Brian Neighbors, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Future of Work: Helping Women Clients Make Successful Career Shifts

The world of work is changing at a rapid pace and our women clients will need new skills for career success. How do we best prepare women for the future of work? In this session, we will discuss the future of work and explore theories/strategies to navigate the changing workplace.

Lauren Daley, Catalyst


The Quest for Career Resilience

Strengthening resilience is essential to navigating career/workplace success within dynamic organizations.  This workshop describes a Career Resilience Program for Kaiser Permanente employees that offers tools and perspectives for recognizing and embracing opportunities during challenging times. Services include a unique assessment with individual coaching; group sessions; and an engaging e-learning platform.

Michele DeRosa, Kaiser Permanente - Ben Hudnall Memorial Trust (BHMT); Jan Cummings, Kaiser Permanente - Ben Hudnall Memorial Trust (BHMT); Linda Hoopes, Resilience Alliance


Built From the Ground Up: Creating New Liberal Arts Career Programs with an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Liberal arts majors face unique career challenges, as do those creating resources to serve them. To level the playing field, we used an entrepreneurial approach to create an impactful career program from the ground up. Join us to discuss building new initiatives on a foundation of innovation, resourcefulness, and collaboration!

Ashleigh Droz, Florida Gulf Coast University


Using Multicultural Case Studies throughout a Career Counseling Course to Promote Social Justice

Career counseling isn't "just" about work.  This session will equip counselor educators to utilize multicultural case studies when teaching career counseling.  Participants will receive seven case studies that incorporate cultural and social justice issues pertaining to career development and life satisfaction. Prepare your students to recognize and address these issues!

Suzanne Dugger, Augusta University; Sumedha Therthan, Mississippi State University


The Empowered Career Development Professional: Claiming Your Craft

Feel off-balance, pulled in multiple directions or unsure of your path? Nearly 1 in 4 people report feelings of burnout (Gallup). Come reflect and explore how identity and integrity shape your craft. Develop a career development philosophy statement as a means to get grounded, revitalize your vision and move confidently!

Cindy Edwards, Find Your Fit, LLC; Vic Massaglia, University of Minnesota School of Public Health


Career Decision Making in Marginalized Populations

People from majority populations make career decisions differently from the people in marginalized groups. This presentation will delve into those differences, explore the obstacles that marginalized populations face, and allow for open discussion on the need for equal opportunity in the workplace.

Arianna Emanuel-Wright, Florida State University; Tristen Hyatt, Florida State University; Keturah McClendon-Austin, Florida State University; Tayler Igo, Florida State University 


Combining Career Counseling and Academic Advising into a Collegiate Course

College students face a common dilemma - finding a major. At the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, we created a course, UNIV 340, to serve as a tool to assist students in exploring their career trajectory by focusing on interest inventories, career theories, and social justice through studying identity.

Matthew Eng, University of Hawaii at Mānoa


Downward Mobility and Career Loss in Adult immigrants and Refugees

Nearly 14% of the U.S. population was born in another country. Refugees and immigrants may experience post-migration stressors that include struggles with maintaining economic stability caused by downward mobility and career loss. In this presentation we will describe assessment and interventions to aid this population through the post-migration experience.

Isabel Farrell, Wake Forest University; Dareen Basma, Palo Alto University; Rachael Marshall, California State University, Sacramento 


Consult to Promote Social Justice and Self-Advocacy Innovation: Who You Are Matters, YouScience, and Purpose Statements

Explore how three campuses use career consultation to promote client voice, social justice, and clarification of next step possibilities for students and employees. Theory, research, and tips using the Who You Are Matters! game, YouScience aptitudes assessment, and purpose statements are reviewed for replication in private practice and on campus.

Rich Feller, Colorado State University; Crystal Mikes, University of Colorado Boulder; Kyle Inselman, University of Denver


The Impact of a Corporate Career Development Program Based on Workshop and Coaching: Final Results

How can career workshop and coaching be offered in a corporate setting to increase employees' hope and engagement? How do you justify career interventions? A final case of a multi-year, corporate career development practice involving both individual contributors and leaders will be shared to address these questions.

Pamela Fillmon, Fillmon and Associates, LLC; Hyung Joon Yoon, The Pennsylvania State University


Climbing the Rainbow Ladder: Empowering LGBTQ College Student Career Success through a Social Justice Lens

This presentation focuses on the ways college career counselors can best support LGBTQ+ college students in their college to career transition. Attendees will learn about current research and best practices. The presenters will focus on the practical application of this knowledge when providing career services to LGBTQ college students.

Carlos Flores, Montclair State University; Gennae Hinson, Montclair State University


Broadening the Participation of Latinx in Engineering: Implications for Career Counseling

To broaden participation of Latinx in engineering, we conducted a large scale, longitudinal retention study of an underrepresented minority group in engineering. We present findings from interviews and an online survey that examine factors related to Latinx students' persistence decisions from an SCCT lens (Lent, Brown, & Hackett, 1994; 2000).

Lisa Flores, University of Missouri; Rachel Navarro, University of North Dakota; Patton Garriott, University of Denver; Heather Hunt, University of Missouri 


UCLA Career Center's Early Career Engagement Certificate (ECEC)

This presentation will demonstrate how a campus with 30,000+ undergraduate students strategically engages new students (freshmen and transfers) in their professional development during their first year. The UCLA Early Career Engagement Certificate (ECEC) program adopts a cohort model which moves towards creating a mutual academic and professional support to promote meaningful learning for students. The ECEC program created a stronger sense of community and  inspired students to become committed to their professional growth. The program has reached applicant capacity each quarter of the program's 1.5 year history, received 99% approval rating, and an average increase of 62% in career competencies.

Alejandra Garcia, UCLA; Jordan Maness, UCLA


College Courses for Undecided Students: The What, How, and What If?

Learn the results of the Survey of Career Exploration Courses on College Campuses and learn from others who are teaching similar courses. Join a network of colleagues to continue learning and collaborating. Come prepared to share what you are doing in your career exploration course.

Doug Gardner, Utah Valley University; Amy Soto, Brigham Young University; Justin Jones, Brigham Young University


Creating Culturally-Sensitive Career Education Programs for Underserved Youth and Measuring Success

This presentation provides an overview of how to create culturally-sensitive career development programs for underserved youth and how to measure changes in student beliefs resulting from interventions. We will use our work with rural Appalachian students as an illustration and provide sample surveys related to a variety of social-cognitive variables.

Melinda Gibbons, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Kody Sexton, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Erin Hardin, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Lillie Christiano, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Leigh Bagwell, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Kylie Leeper, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Maximize the Impact of e-Career Services by Applying the Relational Interaction Model of Online Career Learning

Although integration of technology and online services continues to grow in our field, there is little empirical research about the most effective ways to design and deliver client-centered online services.  Sharing findings from recent doctoral research, this session will provide tangible design and practice recommendations for online career counselling.

Tannis Goddard, MixtMode Consulting


Challenge, Balance, and Authenticity: Supporting Women's Career Development Across the Life Span

This session will help participants explore the shifting priorities women encounter across the span of their careers. From career entry when many women are seeking challenge, to mid-career when many women are looking for balance, to late career when many women are seeking authenticity. Appropriate career interventions will be discussed.

Tomika Greer, University of Houston


Utilizing Career Retreats to Promote Vocational Discernment

Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology has taken a step beyond the traditional career development appointments and workshops to offer a unique overnight retreat experience for its graduate students. Utilizing a narrative therapy technique called, The Tree of Life, the department promotes vocational discernment through self-reflection and community building.

Yas Hardaway, Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology; Cathi Curen, California State University, Dominguez Hills


Getting Published: Strategies for Success

Writing for publication fosters intellectual growth, professional collaboration, and knowledge production. Designed for conference attendees who are engaging in the process of publishing their work in academic journals, particularly journals in career counseling and career development, this session provides insights and support for attendees' publishing efforts.

Paul J. Hartung, Northeast Ohio Medical University; Brian J. Taber, Oakland University


Strategically Engaging Students of Color in Career Development

Learn how one university has strategically collaborated to develop a comprehensive career development program from day-one of orientation to graduation day. This program describes how this university closed the opportunity gap for first-generation, low-income, students of color by fostering internship participation to increase career readiness and enhance job placement for underrepresented graduates. Participants will learn the step-by-step process of initiating a strategic collaboration, navigating challenges, and tracking and assessing progress.

Staci Heidtke, UW-Eau Claire; Alyssa Slaby, UW-Eau Claire; Michelle Shrader, UW-Eau Claire 


Developing Internship and Experiential Learning Support for Students with High Financial Need

Are you struggling to engage students with high financial need? Learn about UT Austin's University Leadership Network (ULN) program. Each year, 1,500 ULN students participate in high impact, meaningful experiential learning each semester. Learn strategies you can implement to better serve students with high financial need on your campus.

Veronica Heiskell, The University of Texas at Austin


Overcoming the Nuances of Career Services to Better Serve the International Student Population

Presenters will discuss evidence-based approaches to help US institutions understand and enhance their current career services programming to fit international students' needs. Attendees will walk away with strategic tools (wishlist items, survey data, etc.) to better serve the International Student population.

Terah L. Henderson, Cincinnati Christian University; Kwan Segal, International Career Advisory, Inc.


A Work in Progress:  An Innovative Job Fair Prep Program for Students

Join us to learn about "A Work in Progress", a job fair prep program at Western Nebraska Community College aimed at helping students stand out...in a good way.  Presenters will discuss the nuts and bolts of the program, how it's impacted students, and strategies for replication at your institution.

Tonya Hergenrader, Western Nebraska Community College; Mai Lee Olsen, Western Nebraska Community College; Amy Zitterkopf, Western Nebraska Community College


Escape Room Intervention: An Innovative Career Practice to Support Career Readiness Competencies

Innovative career interventions like themed escape rooms increase career readiness in students, according to our data. Participants solve puzzles, decipher codes, unlock boxes and find clues to "escape the room"before time runs out. Learn how to develop and implement a themed escape room like Zombie University. Let's play!

Geralyn Heystek, Haworth College of Business, Western Michigan University; Danielle Field, Haworth College of Business, Western Michigan University


Career Transitions Caused by Chronic Illness: A Career Construction Perspective

This presentation will discuss the career implications of chronic illness and share the findings from a research study that looked at forced career transitions due to chronic illness and the use of the Career Construction Interview as an intervention to assist this population.

Julie Hill, Auburn University


Rethinking Youth Counseling: A New Chicago Credential Focuses on Equitable Practices and Pathways Beyond College

The Chicago College and Career Advising Credential is an innovative program.  It trains counselors on equitable practices, such as a trauma-informed care and cultural responsiveness, and postsecondary pathways beyond college, while centering counselors as systemic change makers.  Come discuss how this program could inform career development programs in your context.

Dana Horstein, Chicago Jobs Council


Understanding the Career Development and Career Challenges for LGBTQ+ College Students

LGBTQ+ college students face unique barriers in their career development. This session will examine the career development of this population, including The Bottleneck Effect. The challenges and strengths that these students have will be explored and strategies, theoretical models, and best practices will be discussed.

Christopher Hughes, The Pennsylvania State University; Yangyang Liu, The Pennsylvania State University


Reframe Your Career Game: 6 Shifts Required of 21st Century Career Practice

The current world of work is expanding and changing at a faster pace each day. These dynamic changes require career practice to adapt. This session will present 6 practical changes to adapt current practice to new conditions including a focus on the creative, humane, cross-cultural, socially just, and wellness.

Brian Hutchison, New Jersey City University; Janet Wall, CEUonestop.com and CareerPlanningAcademy.com


Using Technological Innovations to Provide Opportunity Equity to Students in Career Courses: A Pilot

With the costs of career assessments and course materials rising, College of DuPage students had been declining services that could help them identify appropriate career pathways. Faculty piloted an innovative, technology-based product to assess whether it could be a cost-effective alternative to textbooks and assessments in the career development course.

Carla Johnson, College of DuPage; Ronda Ansted, Be the Change Career Consulting


Still Overwhelmed: Exploring the Mental Health Crisis on Campus and the Role of the Career Educator

Over 15 years ago, College of the Overwhelmed highlighted the mental health concerns of college students. The crisis persists.  What are the roles of career educators? How can educators cultivate communities of care? This session explores these questions and allows participants to exchange ideas for how to best support students.

Lisa Kaler, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities; Michael Stebleton, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities


Helping Clients Design their Encore Careers

"Encore careers"after formal retirement combine continued income, greater personal meaning and social impact.  Many people need or want to work longer, but don't want to continue doing the same thing.   Learn how to help clients design and pursue a next act (encore career) full of meaning and purpose.

Pamela Karr, Self employed


Behind the Build: Designing a Low Cost Career Readiness Platform for Any Student, Anywhere

Are your students career ready?  Learn how a university career center created a virtual career readiness and university badging program from the ground up and leveraged existing university programs to increase the participation of diverse clientele.  Facilitate the competency conversation through innovative technologies and inclusive partnerships on your campus.

Emily Kennelly, Florida State University Career Center; Joshua Morgan, Florida State University Career Center; Erica Stallings, Florida State University Career Center


The influence of ACES in Career Development: Mediation of Emotional Regulation and Handicapping Behaviors

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have pervasive negative impacts on individuals' lives, including career development. The presenter will present research that explored the relationship between ACEs, emotional regulation and behavioral challenges. The presenter looks to forward the discussion on trauma-informed career counseling by examining counseling considerations with this population.

Jiwon Kim, University of Iowa; Byeolbee Um, University of Iowa


NCDA Grant Writing: Opportunities for Funding and Tips for Success

Professional expectations of counselor educators secure external funding is becoming common. However, this is easier said than done. The presenters will provide information about the various NCDA grant opportunities, discuss tips for the preparation of the grant application, and how reviewers approach rating grant applications.

Carol Klose Smith, Viterbo University; Na Mi Bang, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis; Terri Tilford, Private Practice; Doug Gardner, Utah Valley University 


Accelerated Growth of Early Stage Entrepreneurs and Liberal Arts Interns  - The Macalester MacNest Program

Learn more about effective internships in startups! MacNest provides internships for a cohort of 13 students to work closely with a founder in a complex, demanding work startup experience while deepening Macalester College's role in the Twin Cities entrepreneurial ecosystem. The startups represented many industries including a new mobile gaming platform, a firm dedicated to equity-centered design, and an organization that promotes purposeful living through the end of life.

Kate Larson, Macalester College Career Exploration; Jody Emmings, Macalester College


A PATH Framework: Adapting Career Services for the Successful Transition of Neurodiverse Students

This presentation will provide insight into a program supporting neurodiverse college students. Presenter will provide strategies to support the career readiness training of neurodiverse students and the importance of collaboration with families, employers, and community partners. A review of family support programming will identify methods to promote family engagement.

Chiara Latimer, Rowan University


Empowering College Students with Disabilities in their Career Development

College students with disabilities face unique challenges in achieving academic and career success. This session will explore those challenges, recommended frameworks when working with this population, such as the Biopsychosocial Model of Disability and Social Cognitive Career Theory, and best practices for career counselors and career services offices.

Yangyang Liu, The Pennsylvania State University; Christopher Hughes, The Pennsylvania State University


First Generation College Students, Career Development and Mindset

First generation college students (FGCS) are underrepresented in higher education and are 71% more likely to leave college in their first year. FGCS face specific challenges to their career development. We will explore ethical practices implementing mindset as a relevant framework to address social and cultural issues when counseling FGCS.

Rachael Marshall, California State University Sacramento; Sangmin Park, California State University Sacramento


Helping Clients Cope with Bias During the Job Search Process

Are your clients concerned about facing bias based on their name, sexuality, or religious affiliation? Do your clients ask for your advice on how cultural identifiers should be presented on a resume? In this session, participants will share strategies for helping clients overcome bias in the job search process.

Lakeisha Mathews, University of Baltimore


The Challenge Mindset: How to Transform Career Development

The concept of "growth mindset" has changed the education system by reframing our underlying beliefs about human potential. Inspired by this change, the concept of the "challenge mindset" is transforming career development by reframing our beliefs about job titles and refocusing our energy on challenges to solve.  Discover interactive "challenge mindset" activities that reimagine the traditional approach to career preparation.

JP Michel, SparkPath


Improving Career Capital for Students of Color and First-Generation College Students

Do you utilize a framework to develop career curriculum for students of color and first-generation students? This session will help postsecondary career professionals apply an identity-conscious lens to build programming that cultivates career capital and increases career access while keeping students' social and racial identities in mind.

Mako Miller, Kauffman Scholars


Behind the Mask: Understanding and Coaching to Invisible Disabilities

Often people think "disability" only refers to people using a wheelchair or walker, but 74% of Americans with a severe disability don't use such devices. Invisible disabilities are not immediately apparent, "masked"to an observer, and provide unique workplace and career challenges. Learn more about invisible disabilities and how to better serve clients with them.

Annie Montemayor, Capella University; Cindy Edwards, Find Your Fit


Trans-affirming Career Practice: Counseling, Advising, and Advocating with Transgender Clients

Career practitioners are increasingly likely to work with transgender and non-binary people on career issues. In this interactive session with case examples, learn best practices in trans-affirming career practice and advocacy from recent career research and experienced career counselors addressing the unique needs of transgender and non-binary clients or students.

Sue Motulsky, Lesley University; Emily Frank, Denver Career Catalyst


The Importance and Impact on Outreach Efforts Related to African Americans Taking Advantage of Internship Opportunities in STEM

The importance of students pursuing internship opportunities has risen over the past 10 years. It is now critical that students take the time to research and pursue internship opportunities beginning in high school. In particular, the STEM fields have become more competitive and require more than just a high grade point average. This presentation will focus on the importance of the African-American population increasing the knowledge, skills and competitive edge that is required to be successful within STEM fields. In addition, outreach efforts that may be impactful will be discussed along with effective strategies that career professionals may incorporate in order to inspire African-American students regardless of the grade level.

Felicia Moutry, Capella University


International Students and Curricular Practical Training (CPT): What Career Development Professionals Need to Know

Have you ever had questions about helping international students find internships and the immigration process they need to manage along with a traditional internship search?  Or, if an international student has a cooperative experience or practicum for course credit, how does the student manage that process?  Come attend this session and learn about the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) process, and how to assist your students step-by-step.

Mason Murphy, Texas State University


Addressing Early Career Burnout Using Self-Compassion

Burnout is prevalent among many early career professionals and is linked to depersonalization, anxiety, and stress. Alternatively, self-compassion emphasizes kindness toward oneself and mindfulness. This presentation synthesizes research on indicators of early career burnout, on self-compassion, and how career counselors can use self-compassion to decrease burnout and promote wellbeing.

Kristen Nadermann, The Pennsylvania State University


Innovation, Imagination and Career Opportunities of the Future

This in-depth session explores how practitioners can help clients of all ages align themselves with the exciting new innovations taking place in a wide variety of industries. We will explore technological and non-technological innovations relating to the fourth industrial revolution, aerospace, agriculture and the health sciences.

Ann Nakaska, Constructive Career and Life Designs


Career Counseling with Soul: Using Authenticity as a Foundation for Social Justice

This presentation highlights the need to make authentic career choices as a foundation for social justice. Increasingly, the current career context makes it easy to disconnect you from what you do (a soul-spirit disconnect). These disconnections can have disastrous effects on a person's life. It doesn't have to be this way, however. There are steps you can take to increase your soul-spirit connection in your life. Increasing the soul-spirit connection empowers you to live an authentic life.  The presentation can be applied to your own career reflection and your work with any client group.

Spencer Niles, William & Mary; Jennifer Niles-Orefice, Wake Forest University; Jonathan Niles, Penn State University


Current Trends in Diversity Recruiting Practices

Through understanding current trends in diversity recruiting practices, career service practitioners can advocate for students from diverse backgrounds to join in workplaces that support their professional development and well-being.  This session focuses on companies diversity practices and wellness initiatives and the implications of these initiatives for career service practitioners.

Nicole Noble, Texas Tech University; Logan Winkelman, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Health Professions; Ashley Penner, Texas Tech University Career Center 


Salary Negotiation -Scripts and Strategies for Men and Women (yes, they differ!)

Did you know that: negotiating just 1% higher pay raises per year can add up to $1 million more in lifetime earnings? Women need to use different negotiation techniques than men to be successful. This presentation will explain the rules of salary negotiation and attendees will walk away with tools, strategies and scripts to ask for more money, benefits and promotions.

Anne Nowak, Career Center of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library


The Intersectionality of Race, Gender, and Disability for Black Women with Intellectual Disabilities

The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the intersectionality of race, gender, and disability on the career development of Black women with intellectual disabilities. Career counseling strategies, advocacy competencies, and family systems approach will be presented as catalyst for changing the career trajectory for Black women with intellectual disabilities.

Latofia Parker, University of Montevallo


Pathway to Employment through Assessments

Most recipients of public assistance are not aware of their personality preferences. Through assessments, staff can introduce a common language for referring to and discussing personality preferences that play an essential role in our everyday life, including the workplace. Assessments, its process of self-discovery gives customers a framework for understanding themselves and appreciating differences in others.

Roberto Perez, Workforce Solutions Capital Area


Don't Just Fake it 'Til You Make It: Transforming Women's Impostor Feelings into Career Confidence

The Impostor Phenomenon (IP) is an internal experience of not measuring up to achieved merits. IP impacts multiple phases of career development, from career choice to advancement. This presentation summarizes empirical literature and focuses on identifying how career practitioners can support women experiencing IP in individual and group settings.

Jessamyn Perlus, Cornell University; Kathy Wierzchowski, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Learning While Serving: Incorporating Service Learning into Career Counseling Courses

Come hear the story of how graduate students in a career counseling class provided career services at a local community social service organization and affirmed their commitment to social justice.  Learn how and why to infuse service learning within your career counseling curriculum.  Share your experiences with service learning.

Chris Pisarik, University of North Georgia; Keaton Warner, University of North Georgia; Clay Rowell, University of North Georgia 


Career Counseling in the Age of Legal Marijuana: Client and Workplace Issues, Trends, and Solutions

Amid the continued movement toward legalizing marijuana across the U.S., career counselors should give careful attention to the affect marijuana use has on career development and the career counseling process.  We will discuss current issues facing employers and clients regarding marijuana use, and offer practice recommendations for career counselors around this issue.

Chris Pisarik, University of North Georgia; Rachel Schleier, University of North Georgia; Justin McKinney, University of North Georgia; Laura Thompson, Regis University 


Empowering African American Females through Investigating the Impact Professional Identity has on Personal and Career Success

This presentation will analyze professional identity and the influence it has on how African American women navigate and pursue career interests. An overview of effective therapeutic strategies and tools will be provided to assist practitioners in supporting their clients in overcoming barriers that may interfere with their career and professional development.

Jasmine Posey, Georgia Institute of Technology


Inclusive and Interactive Design for Career Education

Through the use of multimedia, presenters will demonstrate how inclusive design principles can be applied, enhance student engagement and stimulate learning for a diverse population of digital natives. Learn how to convey career content using inclusive design while navigating ever-changing technologies.

Janice Potzmann, Cal State University Northridge Career Center; Ana Penaranda, Cal State University Northridge Career Center


Trauma-Informed Practice in Career Counseling: Building Hope and Resilience for Systemic Change

Trauma can affect career development across the lifespan. This presentation explores connections between career, trauma-informed practice, social justice advocacy, and collaboration for systemic change.  Presenters will provide examples of trauma-informed practice used in different settings. A strengths-based model of resilience will be discussed that integrates trauma-informed approaches with career counseling.

Jan Powers, The University of Iowa; David Duys, The University of Iowa; Carol Smith, Viterbo University


Increasing Representation from Minoritized Populations within NCDA

Approximately 67% of NCDAs membership is Caucasian. Although efforts are made to increase diversity, percentages remain low. We will discuss ways to increase diversity by understanding (1) career challenges faced by underrepresented groups, (2) using career theory to conceptualize the problem, and (3) using specific strategies within NCDA leadership.

Diandra Prescod, Pennsylvania State University; Latoya Haynes-Thoby, University of Florida


Examining the Effectiveness of Career Counseling for STEM Students

The STEM crisis is characterized by low rates of STEM professionals entering the workforce, high levels of attrition among STEM undergraduate students (Bottia et al., 2015), and underrepresented groups graduating at lower rates (Chen, 2014). This presentation discusses the effectiveness of career counseling for STEM students.

Diandra Prescod, Pennsylvania State University


Creating Innovative Career Readiness Programs for Diverse and Unique College Student Populations

Empowering first-generation, underrepresented, and other unique college student populations to explore career goals can be achieved through innovative programming. This session offers strategies for designing, implementing, and evaluating career readiness programs which inspire students to recognize their NACE competencies and articulate how their academic experiences translate to individual career aspirations.

Alaina Rahaim, The University of Tampa


John Holland's Life and Innovation: RIASEC Theory Origin and Change to Meet Diversity Challenges

Introduces NCDA's new book detailing Holland's final theory in his own words. Previews the autobiography Holland wrote about his research travails and diversity controversies; his correspondence with critics and editors; and reflections by colleagues. Acquaints today's career counselors with the professional and private emotional side of this career-theory giant.

Jack R. Rayman, The Pennsyvania State University; Gary D. Gottfredson, University of Maryland; Emily B. Yowell, University of Southern Mississippi


More Innovative and Informative Than Ever! The Accessibility and Applicability of Assessment

Comprehensive is the keyword that describes the 7th edition of NCDA's assessment book. The dual resource shares the same title, A Comprehensive Guide to Career Assessment, as well as expert reviews of four categories of tools. Learn the differences, meet panelists from each constituency, and see how this innovative assessment resource applies to your daily work.

Melanie Reinersman, NCDA; Emily Yowell, University of Southern Mississippi; Autumn Collins, University of New Mexico; Evan Faidley, Kent State University; Chad Luke, Tennessee Tech University


Practical Resources for Career Development Practitioners and Educators

How easy is it to integrate practical resources into daily work? Every day, 24/7 in fact, NCDA offers practical resources that can assist you in inspiring and empowering your clients/students. The only problem might be identifying these resources when you most need them. Here is your expert guide to NCDA resources, specifically the award-winning website.

Melanie Reinersman, NCDA


Inspire Readers by Getting Published in an NCDA Magazine

NCDA publishes two magazines, Career Convergence and Career Developments, that inspire both authors and readers. The editorial teams share the differences between the two and hints to getting published. The unique features and submission guidelines, as well as benefits of publication (such as CEUs), will be presented. Questions and feedback on the publications are welcomed.

Melanie Reinersman, NCDA; Melissa Messer, Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc.


Creating a Competitive Advantage: Career Development Best Practices for International Students

Access to jobs or internships is one of the top areas of dissatisfaction among international students. This session includes best practices implemented by an award-winning career development program for international students, as well as a guided discussion on how participants can implement similar best practices on their own campuses.

Jason Rickey, Shorelight Education


Innovative and Collaborative Approach to Increase Diversity and Equity in Career Planning for First Generation College Students

Learn about the 4-pronged approach Santa Monica College's Career Services Center is taking to reach their Undecided Black and Brown students who currently have a drop out rate of 59% and 47% respectively. This approach is used with all Undecided first-time to college students as well.  For context, SMC typically has over 7,000 first-time to college students annually.  Learn how you can implement this comprehensive innovative and strategic plan at scale.

Vicki Rothman, Santa Monica College/Private Practice; Jenna Gausman, Santa Monica College/Private Practice


Reflections on Learning: Utilizing Data to Improve the Graduate Student Experience in Career Counseling Courses

A national survey of individuals who have taken a masters-level career counseling course will be utilized to share perceptions of learning. This session will focus on areas of strength related to career counseling courses and preferences related to course delivery. Suggestions for improving instruction and course delivery will be provided.

Carrie Sanders, Radford University; Kelley Holladay, University of New Mexico; Richard Cortes, Glendale Community College; Chen Ching-Chen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas 


Career Construction Counseling: An Introduction to the Model and Methods

The presentation consists of an introduction to the model and methods of Career Construction Counseling for use in school counseling, higher education, clinical counseling, and coaching. While intended for individuals who are unfamiliar with the model, everyone is welcome.

Mark Savickas, Kent State University


K-12 Essential Employability Skills - Via Career Curriculum and the Career Development Coordinator

Employers report new-hires lack the necessary essential employability skills needed. Learn from NC's Department of Instruction K-12 Career Development Consultant how the state is ensuring six Essential Employability Skills are embedded in the work of the school level Career Development Coordinator and career education curriculum for all students.

Amy Schroeder, NC Department of Public Instruction


Creating a Culture of Inclusive Career Services through Team Vision and Values

In what ways does your office commit to an inclusive environment and approach to serving first-generation and low-income students? Learn about the innovative process CEHD Career Services took to create a transparent and cutting edge service model influencing a culture of inclusive career services at the UofM Twin Cities campus.

Jamie Schumann, University Of Minnesota - College of Education & Human Development Career Services; Bai Vue, University Of Minnesota - College of Education & Human Development Career Services; Carolyn Vue, University Of Minnesota - College of Education & Human Development Career Services; Jeannie Stumne, University Of Minnesota - College of Education & Human Development Career Services; Jackie Corral, University Of Minnesota - College of Education & Human Development Career Services


Connecting Workforce Programs, Colleges and Industry to Create Innovative Opportunities for Disadvantaged Populations

How can workforce programs, community colleges and industry come together to fast-track diverse talent into meaningful careers? In this session, you will learn how an innovative Colorado partnership was constructed to serve the needs of diverse populations and place individuals in meaningful careers. You will walk away with strategies for how you can create a similar partnership in your community.

Michael Simpson, PAIRIN; Cordelia Randall, CrossPurpose; Michael Macklin, Colorado Community College System; Janel Highfill, Community College of Aurora 


Bridging the Career Gap for New Transfer Students Transitioning from a 2-Year to a 4-Year College

Transfer students are a growing student body, even outnumbering first-years at many institutions. How can college career advisors best support their needs? Come hear about Bridge to Baruch, a program that prepares new transfer students before they even begin classes. Marketing strategies, outcomes, and faculty and employer engagement will also be covered.

Ellen Ste, Star; Adia Tucker, Starr Career Development Center, Baruch College; Sandra Kupprat, Starr Career Development Center, Baruch College 


Hair We Grow Again! Upward Mobility, Career Compromise, and Natural Hair Bias in the Workplace

There are more black women in the workforce than any other woman (Toossi & Joyner, 2018; Women's Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016). Yet, they are significantly underrepresented, far less likely than others to be promoted to manager, more likely to face everyday discrimination and less likely to receive support from managers (Hunter-Gadsden, 2018). While there might be many reasons for racial and gender inequality in the workplace, an emerging but recurring issue that black women face is natural-hair bias.

LaTonya Summers, Jacksonville University; Tonya Davis, Counseling@Northwestern University; Bilal Kosovac


Be Inspired!  Get Ready to Explore Innovation and Social Justice with Past NCDA Award Winners

Have you ever wanted to chat with our NCDA award winners up close?  Come and learn about their wonderful contributions to the profession and be inspired by their innovation and efforts to promote social justice, measure success, and increase diversity in career counseling.

Sandra Sylvestre, Brandeis University; Amanda Cox, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Jody Patterson, Kent State University; Michael Stebleton, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities; Christian Chan, Idaho State University; Julia Makela, University of Illinois


Addressing Career Exploration of Students with Intellectual Disabilities: Supports and Barriers of School Counselors

School counselors often encounter unique supports and barriers that may impact the delivery of career counseling services with students with ID. This session will explore supports and barriers of school counselors working with students with ID. Strategies to utilize supports and mitigate barriers will be addressed.

Arden Szepe, Doane University


Supporting Unemployed Mid-to-Late Career Adults through the Lens of Schlossberg's 4-S Transition Model

Unemployed adults in their mid-to-late careers struggle with a variety of issues beyond trying to secure new employment. In this session, attendees will learn about some of the unique needs of this population, as well as strategies for supporting this population through the lens of Schlossberg's 4-S transition model.

Kristen Tandy, Colorado State University; Jackie Peila-Shuster, Colorado State University


Ensuring a Social-Justice Focus in College Curricula and Career Center Events: SDSU Prepares the Future Workforce

SDSU's College of Education and Career Services embrace social justice. Their curricula and programs prepare students for a future workforce where they will need to navigate diversity, discourse and disruption. Join the College of Education dean and the career center executive director to discuss strategies for building a social-justice orientation.

James Tarbox, San Diego State University; Y Barry Chung, San Diego State University


In Pursuit of Equity: Helping Latinx Students Explore Education and Career Pathways

Latinx are the largest ethnic minority in the U.S., but large gaps persist in Latinx participation in the post-secondary education. This session will explore strategies for helping Latinx students connect academic skills with future goals at an early age, so they are better prepared for success in education beyond high school and career.

Carmen Veloria, American Student Assistance


Keep Calm and Career On: Addressing Anxiety in the Job Search Process

Job searching can make you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, anxious, and a host of other negative emotions that oftentimes our clients feel reluctant to acknowledge, much less address. Learn what the signs are and how to encourage self-compassion, mitigate shame, and empower your clients to feel more confident and motivated.

Lillian Wang, The University of Texas at Austin; Marivel Leija, The University of Texas at Austin


Enhancing a Career Studio Space to Service-peer Student Model in a Chinese University from Lessons Learned in the US

Career mentors in BYU (Provo, Utah) Career Services are dedicated when serving students. After a one-year exchange program, the career professional coming from Beijing will present how she applies the American student-peer-to-peer model in her university in Beijing. Learned lessons and new ways to do career development are the objective.

Zheng Wang, Beijing Sport University; Jodi Chowen, Brigham Young University Careers & Exp Learning; Alberto Puertas, Brigham Young University; Feixue Tan, Beisen Career (Beijing) Education Technology Co., Ltd. 


Scaling to Achieve an Employability Goal: Stellar Resumes for Tens of Thousands of Students

How does a team of 5 Career Counselors support >80k students/alumni? Does "scalability" really work? The Capella University Career Center will share their challenges and successes moving from manual resume/CV/LinkedIn profile reviews to a proprietary Resume Builder and rubrics, to an AI supported process to provide an important service.

Sue Way, Capella University; Sharon Balke, Strategic Education, Inc.; Lisa Ash, Capella University 


Is the Student Loan Crisis Affecting College/Career Choice? A Look at Student Loan Repayment Programs as a Recruitment Tool

In this session, we will address the pros and cons of current employer based student loan programs including tax-based and long-term savings issues, industries, foreign educated workers and how solid programs can factor into recruitment efforts to attract and retain new employees. Web will look at student loan programs as a recruitment tool for new hires.

Ellen Weaver Paquette, Dèveloppè, Inc. and Rhode Island College; Veronica Mansour, Bryant University; Jamia McDonald, Deloitte, Inc.


Career Infusion: From Start to Evolution

It is vital that college students engage in conversations about their career development early and often in their academic experience; yet so few institutions have truly integrated them into both the academic and the co-curriculum - is it even possible? At Rollins College, the answer is a resounding yes! Thanks to a Quality Enhancement Plan focused on academic advising and career preparation, and a strategic directive from campus leadership, we have developed a model that incorporates strong assessment measures and fully integrative, modifiable practices for both Student Affairs and Academic Affairs partners. Session participants will learn more about Rollins' plan, R-Compass, and will leave with workable strategies for adapting R-Compass approaches to their own campuses.

Tricia Zelaya-Leon, Rollins College


Technology in Hiring: Does it Break Through the Bias or Create Inequity?

Did you know 95+% of Fortune 500 companies use applicant tracking systems (ATS) and video interviews use Artificial intelligence (AI) to score personality? Learn about hiring technologies and how they can perpetuate bias. Leave with resume, job search, and interviewing strategies to combat bias and improve results for all clients.

Marie Zimenoff, Career Thought Leaders and Resume Writing Academy



Roundtable Sessions

Developing a New Group Intervention Based on Hope-Action Theory and its Empirical Evidence

Are you considering to offer group counseling for career development in your setting? Here is an exemplary group counseling program based on Hope-Action theory from its development to evaluation for college students. You will learn about strategies and tactics backed by theories and empirical evidence.

Sungsik Ahn, Soongsil University Counseling Center; Hyung Joon Yoon, The Pennsylvania State University


Pioneering the Delivery of Career Information

Career Guide is an innovative medium developed by QCDC, aiming to instill a strong career guidance culture in Qatar.  It uses contextualized resources to turn occupational data into relatable storytelling that promote STEAM careers, taking under consideration national economic transformation priorities, cultural specificity, social diversity and gender equality.

Shaheen Al Sulaiti, Qatar Career Development Center; Khaloud Al Mannai, Qatar Career Development Center


Crafting Your Future Career in the Ever-Changing World of Work

This roundtable explores how combining assessment results with narrative reflection enhances exploration of career concerns critical to diverse clients in a changing occupational landscape. Presenters will highlight a workbook for guiding reflections on results from a career adaptability measure and facilitate discussion and sharing of best practices for integrative assessment.

Keely Alexander, University of Missouri Career Center; Zachary Graham, University of Missouri; Patrick Rottinghaus, University of Missouri


Career Design for Social Impact: Guiding Those Who Want to Make A Difference to Meaningful Careers

People who want to make a difference in the world are not always well served by typical career guidance, especially when there are no clear job titles that enable social and environmental impact. The goal of this presentation is to provide tools and strategies to serve these types of job seekers.

Ronda Ansted, Be the Change Career Consulting


Pathways to Social Justice through Inclusion and Competitiveness:  Building Sustainable Communities through Equity in Career

This presentation will examine literature with a focus on Womanist Theory and how it can be applied to the practice of career counseling to address career readiness and mental health needs of low income black mothers for culturally competent assessments.

Keturah Austin-McClendon, Florida State University; Erica Stallings, Florida State University Career Center


Career Development in Adolescents: Illustrating Advocacy through Theory and Metaphors

This presentation will discuss advocacy in career development for adolescents through theory and metaphors.  The presenter will define Holland's Theory of Types and discuss innovative ways to utilize theory and metaphors from Sesame Street characters to effectively advocate for the given population.

Natasha Barnes, Delta State University; Tameka McIntyre


What Is Readiness? Defined And Aligned to the Reimagined ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP)

Readiness is relevant across post-secondary intentions and has implications for informed career decisions. But what is it? The ASVAB CEP offers validated skill and interest assessments. Results from the assessments, coupled with planning tools, help students identify goals and articulate steps required to gain career field entry through many pathways.

Jan Bayer, Written LLC; Shannon Salyer, Department of Defense Office of People Analytics; Rodney McCloy, Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO); Sofiya Velgach, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness; Beverly Mccullough, U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command (USMEPCOM), Western Sector; Kate Mclean, Written, LLC


Career-Adaptability, Volition, Ambiguity-Tolerance and Underemployment: A Relational Perspective

According to the Psychology of Working Theory, changes in the world of work contribute to the loss of decent work, manifested in underemployment. We investigated the role of personal resources and attachment in underemployment. Implications for career counseling aimed to increase personal resources availability and social justice awareness are discussed

Hedva Braunstein-Bercovitz, The Academic College of Tel Aviv Yaffo


Moving the Needle: Empowering Underrepresented Students through STEAM Experiential Learning

Focusing on STEAM-based experiential learning, presenters unravel the college ready vs. college eligible conundrum by sharing best practices for creating research-based career exploration models that prepare students for the college to career journey. Through defining the barriers underrepresented students face, presenters unpack critical tenets for student academic and social success.

Ruben Britt Jr., Rowan University; Dr. Alicia Monroe, Rowan University


Revamp Your Presentations to Interactive Discussions Quickly and Painlessly with an Easy-to-Follow Format

Ever look out during a presentation and see people dozing? Discover how to prioritize information and easily convert multiple slide presentations into an interactive discussion. You will receive a simple form to assist in the conversion and practical information on prioritizing information. Make your presentations interactive and stress free.

Jody Burum, California State University, Fresno; J. Daniel Gomez Martinez, California State University, Fresno  


K-12 Career Interventions: Research as Partnerships

Are you interested in designing an outcomes-based research study utilizing community partnership? With limited resources, how can you best meet the needs of your students? This presentation will help you with these important functions. In this session participants will learn how to design research studies that consider community partnerships.

Brian Calhoun, Wake Forest University; Melissa Wheeler, University of Phoenix; Lia Falco, University of Arizona


Thriving Career Practice: 5 Steps to Ensuring a Steady Stream of Clients

Struggling to attract and engage clients in your private career practice? Worried that your marketing approach is ineffective or stale? Sharing both tried-and-true and innovative strategies, learn from a full-time marketing account manager and part-time private career practitioner the 5 simple steps needed to attract a steady stream of clients.

Vera Chapman, Vera V. Chapman, LLC  


Women of Color Career Decision-Making and Satisfaction through Wellness and Resiliency: Using Happenstance Theory

Women of Color encounter many challenges that intersect with gender and racial identities. As a result, stressors can influence career, work decisions, and overall well-being. This presentation will focus on identifying systemic challenges and promoting wellness and resiliency techniques through the use of happenstance theory for work and career satisfaction.

Jonique Childs, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Facilitating the Career Planning of Post-Secondary Students with Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is becoming an increasingly large presenting concern among post-secondary students accessing both counseling and career services on campus.  This presentation will highlight salient literature, outline social anxiety and its impact on students' career planning, and outline best practices for individual and group intervention.

Anna-Lisa Ciccocioppo, University of Calgary


Using Happenstance to Normalize, Validate, and Motivate Students

As an online instructor for a  Life and Career Planning course at a community college, the presenter will share some of the ways she has applied the happenstance approach to career decision-making in online classes, workshops and 1:1 sessions with students in higher education.  Background on the happenstance approach, followed by material used in work with students, including discussion prompts, videos, assignments and activities will be shared.

Julie Collier, Folsom Lake College


Green Career Planning Toolkit: Helping You Help Students Prepare for Sustainable Jobs

Learn about a free, online Green Career Center featuring an annual two-day online conference, webinars, interviews, and more. View a demonstration of the Green Career Planning Tool for students of all disciplines, developed by the National Wildlife Federation based on the Cognitive Information Processing (CIP) approach to career development.

David Corsar, National Wildlife Federation


Tell Us What You Need: Utilizing Focus Groups and Guided Surveys to Engage Graduate Students with Career Services

This discussion explores how university career services reach and support graduate students in their career development.  The presenters  have used an innovative approach to data collection to gather their feedback to allow graduate students to share with us what they need in order to inform how we support this underrepresented population.

Megan Crowe, Florida State University Career Center; Sarah Pearson, Florida State University Career Center


2030: The Workplace Revolution

The workplace is constantly evolving and changing, but every 30 years a new wave of technology transforms it. The combination of automation and AI will destroy not just jobs but potentially entire industries. Learn how to prepare students today for this new tomorrow!

Josh Davies, The Center for Work Ethic Development


Robot-Proof: How Career Educators Can Prepare Students for Changing Workforce Needs

Predictions about the end of work and higher education dominate the discourse about how to best prepare college students. Despite such claims, more needs to be done to educate students for these radical shifts.  Learn about Aoun's thesis of "robot-proofing" education and specific strategies to engage students in divergent thinking.

Rebecca Dordel, University of Minnesota-Carlson School of Management; Michael Stebleton Stebleton, College of Education and Human Development University of Minnesota-Twin Cities


You Came in to Talk about Your Career, Now Let's Talk about What's Really Going On

Suicide rates continue to increase across race, gender, age, and ethnicity. Participants will receive a handout for how to conduct a suicide assessment during career counseling. Case scenarios will be discussed along with a sample coping plan, which can be modified for your setting with clients and/or trainees.

  1. Casey Dozier, Florida State University; Tristen Hyatt, Florida State University


LGBT Job Seeker Series: A Pilot Program on a Southern College Campus

Come learn about the LGBT Job Seeker Series piloted this year by our university's Career Services office.  Roundtable discussions, employer panels, and workshops were used to provide a safe space for LGBT students to learn about the job search process and identify key questions and concerns.

Suzanne Dugger, Augusta University; Samantha Shore, Augusta University


Building Wellness into Career Development Programming

The current mental health crisis among students underscores the need for a more holistic approach to career development.  Discover how one career center has worked to build a culture of wellness within programming and learn how another career center is implementing these best practices on a new campus with limited resources.

Amanda Dumsch, National Institutes of Health, Office of Intramural Training and Education; Sharolyn Kawakami-Schulz, University of Minnesota Medical School  


Intentional Career Development: Supporting Student's Career Certainty with Culturally-Informed Interventions

Teenage career certainty - a student's commitment to pursuing a career aspiration -  has been linked to academic performance, life satisfaction and adulthood economic outcomes like employment and earnings. Come learn and discuss how K-12 career counselors can support students' career attainment by implementing culturally-informed interventions that foster students' career certainty.

Mary Edwin, University of Missouri-St Louis


How to Appreciate Students: Exploring Career Adaptability of Diverse Students through Appreciative Career Advising

Career concern, confidence, control, and curiosity have become common themes in providing career advising to students to help identify past, present, and future career opportunities. Embedded into appreciate advising, this session seeks to provide practitioners the tools needed to provide career awareness and appreciation to diverse student populations.

Evan Faidley, Kent State University; Erin Liggett, The University of Akron


What is College? Supporting the Career and Life Plans of Teens from Marginalized Communities

Planning for adulthood is difficult for some teens from marginalized communities. This workshop will help you explore how your own perceptions about education, work and the economy influence how you advise others. You also will expand your understanding of  college, and gain new perspectives on your role in decision-making processes.

Denise Felder, DeniseMpls Career Services


Navigating Professionalism and Authentic Self-Expression in the Workplace

Workplace cultures often impose expectations for professionalism, which may not align with an individual's self-expression, but there is little guidance about how to explore and navigate this. This roundtable will talk about helping students navigate professionalism and self-expression.

Mia Ferraina, Cornell University; Heather Fortenberry, Cornell University; Jessamyn Perlus, Cornell University


It's a (Thinking) Trap! Helping 1st Generation College Students Address Issues of Imposter Syndrome

This workshop provides an opportunity for college career counselors to explore practical strategies they can use to help first-generation students experiencing feelings of inadequacy known as Imposter Syndrome. The presenters provide an overview of common thinking traps, focusing primarily on Imposter Syndrome and its influence on the career development process.

Carlos Flores, Montclair State University; Maya Sanyal, Fairleigh Dickinson University


VIA Character Strengths: Strategies and Creative Exercises for Career Navigation

Character strengths are positive personality traits that impact behavior, thoughts, and feelings, and can provide a sense of meaning and fulfillment. This session will examine creative interventions and activities to leverage character strengths and boost the career development process for individuals and groups at any stage in their career.

Ashley Flynn, Realizing Aptitudes


Peer Advising and Professional Graduate Students: Traditional Services and Less Traditional Integration

Explore how The University of Michigan School of Public Health utilizes graduate student peers to provide traditional career-related appointments and workshops as well as engaged students other less traditional programming aspects such as alumni networking events to promote career development goals

Krystle Forbes, University of Michigan School of Public Health


Becoming More Effective Allies: Strategies to Support Diverse Students

Well-intentioned career practitioners strive to support all students and often have training about multicultural concerns, but we fear making mistakes that could alienate a student. This roundtable provides space to think about visual cues and specific ways of talking in individual and group contexts to help establish safety and rapport.

Heather Fortenberry, Cornell University; Mia Ferraina, Cornell University; Jessamyn Perlus, Cornell University


Partnering Across Campus to Support Undeclared Students in Major Exploration

Transparent sharing of six strategies infusing major exploration across the campus. Strategies include career center led orientation workshops, customizable curriculum implemented by other offices, specialized transition courses, peer mentor led meetings, online learning modules, and campus partnerships. These strategies were designed to equip campus partners to better support undeclared students.

Courtney Gauthier, Western Carolina University


Capturing the Good Stress: Simple Pocket Strategies to Enhance Focus and Productivity for Providers and Clients

We live in a world of work which is increasingly stressful. To address this, the presentation will provide a battery of simple, practical, research-based strategies  to be used within the work day by professionals and  their clients to enhance focus and productivity as part of a resiliency enhancement plan.

Steven German, Crossroads Services


Social Media: I Got Burned. Here's What I Learned... How Practitioners and Clients can Benefit

This is more than a building your brand online session. Online profiles can help and hinder clients as well as you as a practitioner. This session is designed to educate those practicing to provide enlightenment for their consumers.  Social media outlets can be used in the job search process and networking, but what are some of the dangers? Personal experiences using social media will be shared and the transformational outcomes.

Andrea Haken, Oklahoma State University


Communication with Parents: Developing Allies to Support College Student Career Development

This session describes a medium sized university's specific efforts to promote beneficial parental involvement in supporting students' career development. Career services staff engage parents in multiple ways and at different times. The primary goal is to encourage student interaction with career development opportunities on and off campus.

Ken Harding, Bradley University


Promoting Social Justice and Access through Trauma Informed Career Counseling

Using trauma-informed career counseling as a tool of empowerment, clients are supported to engage in strengths-rooted strategies that increase access to greater career success.

Latoya Haynes-Thoby, University of Florida; Diandra Prescod, Pennsylvania State University


Using Improvisation as an Innovative Skills Training Tool for International Student Networking

Connection and flexibility are important and critical principles to having meaningful networking conversations.  In this session, the presenters will provide sample innovative training tools on how to improve international students' networking skills through improv.

Terah L. Henderson, Cincinnati Christian University; Un Yeong Park, University  of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Kwan Segal, International Career Advisory, Inc.


Bringing My Whole Self to Work: Navigating Identity and Professionalism Standards in Career Services

Helping students navigate identity in the job search is complex for career centers. What role do we play with defining "professionalism" and influencing organizational change, and how do we help students navigate this too? Hear how one liberal arts college is engaging these questions via panel and audience discussions.

Katy Hinz, University of Minnesota - College of Liberal Arts; Judith Anderson, University of Minnesota - College of Liberal Arts


Lessons from Supporting the Establishment of Career Centers at Six Ethiopian Universities

Brandeis University teamed up with Save the Children and six universities in Ethiopia to establish career services and centers.  This discussion will focus on US and Ethiopian university career readiness efforts in order to identify practices that best serve all students who are at the margins.

Della Hughes, Center for Youth and Communities, Brandeis University; Sangeeta Tyagi, Center for Youth and Communities, Brandeis University


Using Social Media to Reimagine Career Construction "Settings"

According to Career Construction theory (Savickas), clients must find congruence between self and workplace settings. Traditional exploration for imagining settings, however, can be daunting and time-consuming. This presentation offers both best practices and cautionary tales for optimizing social media channels to augment the exploration of workplace environments.

Lorie Humphrey, Colorado State University, College of Business; Michael Humphrey, Colorado State University, Journalism & Media Communication


The Bravery to Change Careers: Understanding the Barriers while Promoting Self-Care, Wellness and Self-Exploration.

Changing careers can have internal and external barriers.  It is necessary to assess barriers to assist clients with navigating career changing challenges. The CTI, motivational interviewing and value exploration can be used to assess client readiness, needs, and wants while keeping in mind individual client advocacy and social justice issues.

Tristen Hyatt, Florida State University; Casey Dozier, Florida State University; Erica Stallings, Florida State University; Rana Emad, Ain Shams University Career Center


Mom and Professional, not Mom or Professional

Mothers are pressured to maintain a high level of care for their children, while also keeping their careers intact. The guilt associated with motherhood and professional life clearly interconnects the impacts of career counseling and mental health counseling.

Tayler Igo, Florida State University; Arianna Emanuel-Wright, Florida State University; Keturah Austin-Mcclendon, Florida State University


Connecting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to Career Practice Using the Identity Wheel

Come learn a career development-focused twist on the identity wheel. This introductory, reflective activity is designed to help both career counselors/specialists and student peer coaches to connect equity, diversity, and inclusion topics to career development. You'll leave ready to lead this exercise with your own team!

Kyle Inselman, University of Denver


Fostering Student Self-Efficacy in Career Counseling: A Continuing Conversation

This presentation will highlight the value of a learning environment that fosters self-efficacy with students in career counseling courses. The presenter will reflect on career counseling teaching experience, review a quantitative analysis, and present five key ingredients for counselor educators teaching career development courses. Interactive discussion will be emphasized.

Terri Jashinsky, Mount Mary University


Designing the Future YOU at Oracle: Innovative Approaches to Global Corporate Career Development

Learn how Oracle, a Fortune 100 technology leader, designed the Future YOU program to deliver innovative career resources to over 140,000 employees worldwide. Explore our journey to develop a career philosophy, design the Future YOU communications campaign, build learning solutions, provide individual career guidance at scale, and leverage technology.

Kelly Keers, Oracle


Academic and Career Planning with Economically Disadvantaged Youth: A K-12 Approach

Socioeconomic status has been suggested by numerous researchers as having a pervasive influence upon the academic and career planning of students. The presenters will explore and discuss the challenges facing socioeconomically diverse students and provide specific ideas and suggestions in order to enhance your K-12 career development practices.

Carol Klose Smith, Viterbo University; Jiwon Kim, The University of Iowa


Implementation of a New Career Decision-Making Assessment and Associated Intervention

Looking for ways to enhance career decision making skills with your clients? The CASVE Cycle Questionnaire and Progress Tracker provide a method to teach, evaluate, and track client decision making.  This session will present information from the use and research of the CASVE-CQ within a CIP-based career counseling group.

Kendall Klumpp, The University of Southern Mississippi; Emily Bullock-Yowell, The University of Southern Mississippi


Future Careers in the Post-Digital Era

Occupations will definitely revolutionize, as the world is moving towards post-digital era. This transformation will lead to disappearance of some careers, and new ones will be created. In this session, participants will have an overview on how careers are expected to change. Moreover, challenges and suggested solutions will be presented.

Abla Krouma, Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute (ADVETI); Laila Kroma, Abu Dhabi University


Improving the Work Environment for Individuals with ASD

Social initiation and communication deficits are hallmarks of autism. This presentation highlights the critical role of communication, via conversation, for individuals with autism within the work environment.  The ultimate goal will be the discussion of the anxiety virtually everyone experiences to a certain degree and to the extreme extent poor communication/conversational skills affects persons with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Dr. William Lane, Lane Education Consultant


Service to International Student Award Winners Panel

We are inviting the previous Service to International Students Award winners to serve as panelists. The panelists will discuss their experience in planning, designing, and implementing creative services and programming to better serve international students in higher education career services setting.

Vanessa Lee, Career Center, University of California Riverside; Un Yeong Park, The Career Center, University of Illinois; Sonia Liang, Brandeis International Business School, Brandeis University; Rose Xinrui Xu, Center for Career Opportunities, Purdue University; Ellen Zold Goldman, Northeastern University


Assessing Readiness for Career Assistance to Improve Intervention Effectiveness and Client Access to Services

A key aspect of social justice is creating access to career services for a diverse range of individuals. This session highlights how readiness assessment can be used to quickly determine how best to serve individuals seeking assistance in a university-based career center that is open to the public.

Janet Lenz, Florida State University; Amy Kozlarek, Florida State University


Workforce Development Specialist: Facilitating Career Development Curriculum and Registered Apprenticeship

The Workforce Development Specialist is a registered apprenticeship program developed by Michigan HRDI in cooperation with the USDOL-OA.  This presentation will demonstrate the value of this apprenticeship to those working in career development, how it came about and what it means to the job seeker.

Walter Lodes Jr., Michigan State AFL-CIO Human Resources Development, Inc. (M-HRDI); Russell Davis, United States Department of Labor-Office of Apprenticeship


Career-Focused Counseling: A Neuroscience-Informed, Ethical Perspective

Chocolate, caramel, and sea salt? An unexpected addiction to a classic that makes a huge difference. The same could be said for career, ethics, and neuroscience. Come experience how neuroscience is the sea salt of ethical career-focused counseling. This program offers a translational neuroscience perspective on career development and career-focused counseling.

Chad Luke, Tennessee Tech University; Fred Redekop, Kutztown University; Zach Budesa, University of Tennessee


Breaking through Career Barriers by using Emotional Intelligence for International Students

From our experience in the career coaching practice over the past four years, we observed a lack of emotional intelligence (EQ) to be one of the key reasons international students failed to get jobs in the U.S.. We will share our observations from real case studies to illustrate how gaining EQ awareness helps students see cultural differences, gain empathy, enhance communication, exercise better self-control, and maintain motivation.

Yan Luo, ChampAmerica; Heather Lu-Lasky, ChampAmerica


Writing Effective Personal Statements: Improving Practice with Rubrics

Rubrics extend the expertise of career professionals, as we help clients craft quality narratives to tell their career stories. This roundtable introduces a rubric for enhancing personal statements for graduate/professional school applications. Learn how it was developed, implemented, and can be adapted to your setting.

Julia Makela, The Career Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Chaise Edebiri, The Career Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Janny Chen, The Career Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Limited Leadership Seats for Women of Color in STEM

Women of color (WOC) in STEM fields represents an untapped resource capital.  So, why is there a limited number of seats for WOC in STEM leadership roles?  In this session, attendees will learn how to improve the pathways for WOC to have more opportunities to be leaders.

Ucheonye Maple, Aghaeze-Maple Enterprises, LLC


Steps to Seeking a Career

Assisting a learner in seeking a career is a rather difficult task.  Having a simple, concise set of steps, backed by theory and proven experiences, can greatly help assist even the novice attempt this task.

Michele Margavio, Private Academic / Career Coaching  


Mike Marlowe


Graduate Students Need Career Development Too!

If you want to better serve the forgotten student populations "graduate students" this session is for you.  Come and learn best practices, innovative solutions and strategies for providing career development resources to graduate students? Discuss how to add career advancement, leadership coaching, and career change strategy to your current counseling and professional development services.

Lakeisha Mathews, University of Baltimore


YouTube Star is a Career: Connecting with Gen Z

Gen Z is entrepreneurial, money-conscious and technologically native. In this session we will talk about what that means for you and why the methods of career counseling that focus on jobs or industries as outcomes will not work for this generation. Learn how to talk to Gen Z as they explore their options.

Melissa McClung, LBD Careers, LLC


Bringing Teaching to the Street: Inspiring Social Justice and Action through Service Learning

This presentation will feature practical information for educators looking to develop service learning career counseling classes. We will discuss innovative strategies to teach students to build community partnerships and conduct needs assessments to design, deliver and evaluate career interventions that support unemployed individuals experiencing homelessness and living in poverty.

Rebecca Michel, DePaul University


"Grow our Own" Workforce Initiatives - How to Foster a Community Internship Program

"Grow our Own" Workforce Initiatives - How to foster a Community Internship Program Key components of an industry-driven internship model will be highlighted along with ways different entities can get involved in driving a community-based model.  A unique partnership between an Oregon-based, Economic Development partner and local community college will be showcased.

Julie Miller, Chemeketa Community College; Lacey Dykgraaf, McMinnville Economic Development Partnership


Taking it Personally: Using Personas to Engage Diverse Populations in Presentations

Career development can feel abstract and even disconnected from students' lived experiences. Incorporating a persona into presentations with games, imagery, and storytelling techniques allows students to see themselves in the career management process. Gain ideas and learn tips to tell a career story to engage students in presentations.

Annie Montemayor, Capella University; Sue Way, Capella University; Lisa Ash, Capella University


The Hypocrisy of the Sisterhood: The Quest for Female Mentorship at Work

Have you ever needed support at work and ended up feeling drained by a climate of competition and insecurity versus compassion and concern? In this session, the presenter will discuss the state of female mentorship in the workplace through the lens of Relational-Cultural Theory. Topics will include, developing healthy coping skills and abilities to ensure mentees are prepared to engage in mentoring relationships, where and when to seek professional mentorship, and what to do when healthy mentorship is not available in your workplace. Please join us for this compelling conversation and resource sharing session!

Leann Morgan, Walden Unversity


One Field to Many Paths: Career Planning Support for Graduate Students

Graduate students need more resources and support for career planning.  Career centers and graduate programs need to explore new ways to help this specialized population plan for diverse options. Join us to discuss innovative approaches, share ideas, and brainstorm ways to better support graduate students.

Beth Moser, Academics at Work


Career Challenges of Korean College Students: Examining Career Networking

Career networking is a core skill that provides helpful relationships and increased opportunities. Despite this, barriers exist that prevent Korean college students from engaging in this skill. This presentation examines the dynamic influence of acculturation, on networking specifically, and career exploration broadly, and strategies to support international and Korean students.

Kristen Nadermann, The Pennsylvania State University


Break the Inaction Barrier through Innovative Strategies

Have you ever given GREAT career advice only to learn the individual didn't DO anything with it?  Come learn how we tackled the inaction barrier with students in our career classes.  Bring barriers you are experiencing and we will workshop them so you will  leave with concrete and innovative solutions.

Heather Nagle, Career and Internship Services, University of Minnesota; Maggie Kubak, Career and Internship Services, University of Minnesota


Using CBT in Career Counseling with Diverse Students at a Higher Education Career Center

College students frequently engage in repetitive, unproductive thoughts and behaviors that unintentionally thwart their academic and career success.  For students from diverse backgrounds, who encounter extensive unique challenges, these maladaptive behaviors can be particularly damaging. Career counseling practitioners can utilize Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT) to address this issue.

Nicole Noble, Texas Tech University; Logan Winkelman, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Health Professions; Ashley Penner, Texas Tech University Career Center


Augmented Reality: Are You Ready?

Come see and experience the world of augmented reality (AR) while exploring the possibilities of integrating this technology into career services. After sharing the basics of AR, presenters will share examples they've created and provide step-by-step instructions on how you can do the same.

Deb Osborn, Florida State University; Melissa Venable


Train-The-Trainer Programs for Career Development of International Students

We will share examples of career training programs for international students that University of Illinois and Rice University have developed respectively on the basis of the train-the-trainer model. It will be useful for career services professionals in higher education who are exploring innovative ways to reach out to international students who don't come often to career offices.

Un Yeong Park, University of Illinois, The Career Center; Ivette Mekdessi, Rice University, Center for Career Development


College Career Course Outcome Research and Recommendations

This presentation will examine empirically supported best practices for designing and implementing a college-level career course. By analyzing previous and current career course strategies, practitioners can become more innovative in their use of career courses as an effective service delivery model for assisting college students in their career development.

Carley Peace, Florida State University; Ivey Burbrink, Florida State University  


[Person-]Environment Friendly Career Counseling: Differentiating Approach and Intervention by RIASEC Type

This session will provide evidence-based strategies for customizing career counseling by RIASEC type. The presenter will review pertinent research and share preliminary results of an original study on RIASEC code and student preference for career activities. Case scenarios will illustrate how to create person-[counseling] environment fit to serve diverse clients.

Carley Peace, Florida State University


How to Market Your Career Services with All the Noise Out There

Whether you are new to career services / private practice or have a few years under your belt, this interactive session will give you an overview of marketing and a number of specific tips on how to get your message out to your audience. Spruce up your marketing today!

Jim Peacock, Peak-Careers Consulting; Mark Danaher, Careers By Design


Providing Equitable Access to Print and Online Career Resources while Connecting Theory to Practice

Providing equitable career services to a diverse university campus and community requires resources that reflect clients' experiences. Career libraries provide access to career information and opportunities that connect career theory to practice.  This session highlights how to collect and manage resources to foster clients' information-seeking behavior and strategic career planning.

Sarah Pearson, Florida State University Career Center; Joshua Morgan, Florida State University, Career Center; Jen Harshner, Florida State University Career Center


Philosophy, Theory, and Experience of the Vocational Meaning Survey (VMS)

The VMS and VFS enable individuals to explore the meanings they seek in employment and the extent to which their current job provides the resources and opportunities to achieve them. Learn how the VMS and VFS can assist individuals in identifying the lack of meaning in current employment and ways to find greater fulfillment.

Gary Peterson, Florida State University; Debra Osborn, Florida State University; Thompson Ivins, Florida State University


Promoting Career Development: A STEM Career Planning Course, Stress, and Career Search Self-Efficacy

This presentation will include data collected in an undergraduate STEM Career Planning Course. The purpose of this presentation is to share how STEM Career Planning Coursework can increase students career search self-efficacy and how stress can undermine students career search self-efficacy. The presentation will include longitudinal data.

Autumn Randell, Virginia Commonwealth University


Integrating Life Design into School Counseling with Students in Recovery

Participants will take away hands-on methods to support students in facilitating Career Counseling and life design who are in recovery from addictions. Key theoretical considerations will be discussed.

Kody Roper, University of Wyoming; Lauren Kiel, Purdue School District


Factors Influencing the Perceived Effectiveness of the Transition Assistance Program among Exiting Military Service Members

The General Accounting Office (GAO) found that many service members (SM) were not receiving any Pre-Separation Counseling at the military installations as part of their transition from the military.  The Veterans Opportunity to Work Act of (VOW, 2011) mandates this for all service members. There is no private organization (including those who are federally assisted) that offers veterans transition services to compete with the TAP-GPS that produces evaluative career transitional services for service members exiting the armed forces.

Timothy Rose, Ph.D., Clark Atlanta University


Career Ready Bootcamp:  A Three Week Summer Residency Program for College Students on the Autism Spectrum

This program explores the Career Ready Bootcamp at Rochester Institute of Technology, a three-week summer residency program for college students on the autism spectrum. Students work in small project teams to build 3D printers and practice teamwork, flexibility, communication, networking and interviewing skills to increase their overall career readiness

Janine Rowe, Rochester Institute of Technology; Laurie Ackles, Director, Spectrum Support Program  


Intersection of Mental Health and Career Development with Multicultural Considerations

This roundtable examines the interface between mental health and career development, emphasizing multicultural aspects for diverse clientele. We will survey extant research and discuss career intervention strategies for clients with anxiety, depression, and emotional concerns in order to enhance client's career-related outcomes, mental health, and overall well-being.

Anthony Schmiedeler, University of Missouri-Columbia; Patrick Rottinghaus, University of Missouri-Columbia


Career Counseling at Work: Lessons Learned in a 2-year Pilot

The process of establishing career counseling and coaching services for employees can contain a variety of roadblocks from establishing boundaries and managing expectations to ensuring accessibility for under-served populations. Learn from staff at one institution about issues they faced and best practices for establishing internal career services.

Elizabeth Schrimpf, University of Wisconsin - Madison; Christopher East, University of Wisconsin - Madison


LEADing Career Development Collaboration for the Benefit of NC K-12 Students and Beyond

How do you make labor market data easy to understand, and of value when working in career development? Learn how NC Department of Commerce and the NC Department of Instruction Career Development Consultant collaborate for the benefit of relevant career exploring for K-12 students and beyond.

Amy Schroeder, NC Department of Public Instruction; Jamie Vaughan, Labor and Economic Analysis Division; NC Department of Commerce


Value of Gathering Together: Innovating and Advocating for International Students

We will introduce a model that connects career staff across campus departments to support international students career development. Chaired by two international student fee-funded staff members, this group meets once a month to discuss best practices, innovate resources, and advocate for our students.

Jane Sitter, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities; Aya Maruyama, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities


The Identity Capital Model: Purpose, Commitment, and Resilience during the Uncertainty of Transitions

The 21st century marketplace presents people with frequent and unpredictable transitions. Identity Capital Model (ICM) offers one paradigm to explain how, in times of transition, people can develop a strong sense of self that provides commitment to a life path, the ability to shift successfully between social contexts, and resilience to inherent obstacles. This roundtable session will explore the findings from a study of ICM and retention in master's programs and explore how the model can assist students and clients in developing strong and resilient identities as they face future transitions.

Tammison Smith, St Cloud State University


Incorporating a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lens in Career Counseling Practice

We seek to build collective knowledge and discuss how topics of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) arise within career counseling. Case studies will highlight DEI themes, normalize uncertainty, and illustrate the benefits these discussions have in our work. Participants will share and learn best practices from facilitators and each other.

Tavi Sookhoo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Tianna Ransom, Massachusetts Institute of Technology  


Coming in from the Cold: Fostering STEM Career Pathways and Identities for Underrepresented Students

Undergraduates from underrepresented minority (URM) backgrounds face a myriad of challenges and opportunities as they explore career pathways, particularly in the competitive and "chilly" world of STEM. This presentation will highlight key strategies and best practices for fostering STEM career discernment and development for URM students at predominantly white institutions.

Michael Stebleton, University of Minnesota; Kelly Collins, University of Minnesota; Rashn Jehangir, University of Minnesota


Culturally Inclusive Career Exploration Strategies for Native American College Students

Nationally, only 39.6% of Native American college students will graduate within six years of beginning their degree. Students who are Native American are more likely to persist if Historically White Institutions affirm their culture. Attend this session to hear about the ways scholars suggest career practitioners can decolonize the college environment and affirm the self-determination of students.

Billie Streufert, Augustana University


So You Want to Help People: Exploration Strategies for Students Who Want to Promote Social Justice

When we ask students why they selected their chosen major or career, we often hear "because I want to help people." Many students are in career foreclosure (Marcia, 1966) or engaged in a truncated search (Gottfredson, 2004). Attend this session to identify interventions and resources that advance students' decision making.

Billie Streufert, Augustana University


The Ethics of Difficult Career Conversations from a Social Justice Perspective

When invited to rate the frequency of common ethical dilemmas, more than half of career practitioners named the tension between supporting and challenging clients' goals, making it the most common conflict reported by respondents (Cardoso, Taveria, Biscaia, & Santos, 2012). This tension can be especially common if clients are pursuing ambitious goals that require competitive employment or selective admission to educational programs. Attend this session for practical strategies to navigate this ethical dilemma and promote adaptability among clients.

Billie Streufert, Augustana University; Keley Smith-Keller, Mount Marty College


How to Deal with Parental Influence on College Students of Asian Culture: Insights and Application

Are you struggling in career counseling with college students of Asian culture? The influence of parents or families might be greater than you and your clients think. In this session, we will summarize research results from Asian countries and introduce actual cases from Korea, then suggest some helpful tips.

Jin Hee Suh, Korea University of Technology and Education; Sungsik Ahn, Soongsil University Counseling Center  


Incorporating Positive Psychology into a Career Development Course

Transform traditional career course curriculum to include positive psychology resources that have been proven to increase both Career Decision Self-Efficacy and Grit scores.  This presentation will examine how focused material on mindset, VIA character strengths, PERMA, Grit, and goal setting can be used to enhance student career development and learning.

Christopher Sutzko, King's College; Korie Munley, King's College; Theresa Kinney, King's College


Metamajors Pathway Advising: Innovation in Supporting Diverse Students with Academic and Career Exploration

This presentation examines a large Midwestern public university's experience in developing and implementing innovative metamajor programming designed to assist diverse college students with making well informed and cost-efficient decisions about academic major and career path selection. Best practices, program details, and next steps will be addressed.

Sarah Terry, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Families Living in the Crisis of Poverty:  A Guide to Moving Beyond a Livable Wage and Into a Career Pathway

Utilizing their expertise of career planning, the presenters will share how their organization has paved the way in SE MN for job seekers utilizing the Career Pathway concept.

Martha Thomford, Workforce Development, Inc.; Joseph Schaber, Workforce Development, Inc.; Jinny Rietmann, Workforce Development, Inc.


Career Counseling Implications of Microaggressions in the Workplace and What Counselors Can Do to Help Clients Cope

While overt bias and discrimination persist in the workplace, they appear to be on the decline as most organizations have training programs and policies to address them. More common, and possibly more problematic, are microaggressions which are more nuanced and often fall into gray areas that organizations may not have programs and policies to address. This presentation explores what workplace microaggressions are, the forms in which they sometimes manifest, and how counselors can help their clients to better cope with them.

Curren Trusty, Pepperdine University


Serving Clients in Recovery: Where Career Development and Addiction Recovery Best Practices Meet

With 164 million people worldwide battling substance use disorders, career professionals have an opportunity to support this population in their recovery with hope and strategy for jobs and careers. This session explores the convergence of career theory and practice with contemporary recovery research and approaches, while sharing stories of clients in recovery who have successfully found meaningful work.

Michelle Tullier, Tullier Consulting, LLC


Career Goals and Decision-Making among Urban Youth of Color

Presenters will share the results of two research projects. Findings indicate that anticipated hostile racial employment climates affects the career decision self-efficacy, vocational outcome expectations and goals of urban youth of color. Findings will be used to facilitate a discussion about best practices in career counseling with these young people.

Sherri Turner, University of Minnesota; Julia Conkel-Ziebell, Proof Alliance and Private Practice; George Gushue, Teachers College, Columbia University


Hashtags and Highlights: Engagement through Social Media in Higher Education

Increase your social media presence to better connect with students. Aa walkthrough of how the presenters successfully created their university career center's Instagram. Learn how to innovate career services by utilizing social media to boost engagement!

Lillian Wang, The University of Texas at Austin; Marivel Leija, The University of Texas at Austin


Externship: Inspiring the Future

Students look for ways to connect their curriculum to a career and an Externship does just that! This program engages students and provides real-life examples to potential careers. Employers benefit from participation by inspiring future professionals. Learn how to incorporate a job shadow program at your university.

Lillian Wang, The University of Texas at Austin; Marivel Leija, The University of Texas at Austin


Innovative Frameworks for Enhancing Career Exploration for Underrepresented Students

This session addresses how emerging research and theoretical frameworks can strengthen career exploration interventions for underrepresented undergraduate students, with a focus on students of color and first-generation students. Evaluation data from a career exploration course developed for underrepresented students will spark dialogue and sharing of best practices among attendees.

Devon Washington, University of Missouri- Counseling Psychology; Zachary Graham, University of Missouri- Counseling Psychology; Patrick Rottinghaus, University of Missouri- Counseling Psychology


A Comprehensive Approach to Engaging Students within the Low Socio-Economic Income Bracket in Internship Experiences

This presentation will identify and discuss inclusive approaches to engaging your low socio-economic bracket student body in internships. Evaluating barriers students face, and avenues to earning buy-in from leadership, faculty, students, and internship providers as it relates to internship programs. Also discussed will be ideas that employers can practice when re-developing community-based internship options for non-STEM majors.

Pamela Watkins-LoVerde, Palm Beach State College; Karen Cover, Palm Beach State College


Lifestyle Strategies for Professional Growth: How to Utilize Self-Care Methodologies to Successfully Navigate Finding a Job

You can't fill from an empty cup.Self-Care is a term that conjures up images of meditation, exercise, and sleep but what happens when collegiate environments make self-care difficult? In this presentation, participants will learn about the collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh's Career Center and Pitt's Healthy Lifestyle Institute to gain positive strategies in helping students prepare for the self-care challenges of the professional world.  Participants will leave this session with best practices to encourage developing a positive work/life balance that will assist and sustain students as they grow professionally in their careers.

Erin Wheeler, University of Pittsburgh; Brian Doyle, University of Pittsburgh


Kickstart Your Career: A First-Year Student Pre-Arrival Career Development Program

Kickstart Your Career is a 3 day pre-arrival program developed by the Binghamton University Career Center. Our mission includes fostering a culture of career preparedness by engaging students early and often. Kickstart was piloted in August 2019 for 53 incoming first-year students. This program also generated revenue to sustain programs throughout the year. This presentation will cover the creation, implementation and impact of Kickstart.

Erin Wise, Binghamton University Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development; Erica Kryst, Binghamton University Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development  


Equipping the Campus with Up-to-Date Career Information and Trends to More Effectively Advise Students

Learn how one Career Center's summer project to create Job Outlook summary handouts for each college major has created a buzz all over campus! Hear how we pulled together local and state info from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and combined it with results from our most recent Outcomes Survey.

Aleta Wolfe, California State University, Fresno Career Development Center; Jody Burum, California State University, Fresno Career Development Center


Overcoming the Difficulties: Career Resilience Training for Undergraduate Students

This study uses action research and invited 55 undergraduate students as research participants. Based on Dewey's concept of learning by doing and Adler's concept of encouragement, the researcher constructed five career resilience training strategies to strengthen undergraduate students' resilience to overcome obstacles.

Shu-Chen Wu, National Taiwan Normal University


Encouraging Student Professional Development through Targeted Programming: A Week-Long Model

The Career Center at the University of Pittsburgh has created a week-long programming model targeted to assisting and educating students with career readiness strategies within specific fields. The model focuses on compact and intense resources and programming to best serve a defined student population. Participants will leave this session with strategies for implementing this model to best serve students.

Michelle Yingling, University of Pittsburgh  


Career Services for Asylum Seekers and Survivors of Torture that Align with the Asylum Process

Career practitioner presents trauma-informed career services for asylum seekers and survivors of torture (SOT). A five-phase service model across a one-year timeline parallels the asylum process and improvements in client wellbeing.  Case example demonstrates optimal use of services and importance of cultural humility with this population.

Linda Zimmerman, Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights (Boston Medical Center)





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