The State Chapter of the National Career Development Association


GCDA News | April 2016

"To empower career development professionals by providing them with resources and opportunities for professional development, networking, and advocacy."

Special Edition: GCDA Mini-Conference Showcase
Highlighting the participants & programs of the first ever GCDA Mini Conference


Registration for the GCDA Mini-Conference is open! We hope you make plans to join us to discuss a variety of career development topics. Participants will earn 4.5 CEUs for attending the full day of programs. Selected presentations include:

"A Foundational Piece of Lifespan Career Development – The Highlands Ability Battery"

"Boomers to the Left, Millennials to the Right, Gen-X Stuck in the Middle: Strategic Career Coaching for the Forgotten"

"How to Qualify Your Clients for a Federal Job"

"Thinking About Starting or Growing Your Private Practice?"

"Defining Your Client’s Value Using MBTI Assessment Results and How to Market Them to Employers"

"Career Transition via Small Business Ownership"

"Employee Abuse in the Workplace"

Our keynote speaker will be Daniel Seddiqui, widely known for his "50 Jobs in 50 States" tour across the country. Daniel was the keynote speaker for the NCDA National Conference in 2012 and we are excited to have him speak to us!

A full program listing including descriptions and speaker bios can be found on our event page.
Early-bird registration discount ends April 9 -- register today to lock in your discounted rate! On site payment will be accepted.

We look forward to seeing you there!

-GCDA Board

GCDA Mini-Conference Breakout Session Descriptions

Mini-Conference participants will be able to choose from several topics during four breakout sessions. These interactive group sessions will allow you to grasp the topic as well as give you action steps on incorporating the knowledge into your own practice.

Breakout Session 1: 9:00AM-9:50AM

1.1 "A Foundational Piece of Lifespan Career Development – The Highlands Ability Battery"

Lanie Damon

This presentation will be based on more than 20 years of experience using the Highlands Ability Battery in varied settings with clients ranging from high school students to mid-career and beyond adults. Understanding abilities enables individuals to function from a position of strength and appreciate the contributions of others whose abilities are very different. Continued career development requires that each of us adds skills to our abilities as we move through various roles and positions in our lives. Knowing one’s abilities makes the choice about skills acquisition more straight forward, or at least awareness of what should come more easily or what will require greater effort and concentration. This is an assessment based on timed work samples, very different from the self-report format of many assessments used in career counseling.

1.2 "Boomers to the Left, Millennials to the Right, Gen-X Stuck in the Middle: Strategic Career Coaching for the Forgotten"

Lisa Conley

Most organizations are keenly aware of the challenges of a multi-generational workforce. They are conscious of the potential “Brain Drain” that will be faced as Boomers start to retire. Concurrently, more than a few articles and books have been written on the needs of Millennials entering and already inside the workforce. However; what is missed in this awareness is the fact that the Gen Xers are not retiring along with the Boomers. Ignoring the needs of this group could prove to be a strategic mis-step for talent management efforts, even though this group is smaller than their bookend counterparts. The purpose of this session is to discuss career development strategies for this somewhat forgotten group.

Breakout Session 2: 10:00AM-10:50AM

2.1 "Why and How to Work a Target Company List"

Judi Adams

Many job seekers have been told they need a list of target companies but may not have been told how to identify and use that list of companies.

This program will clarify the purpose of identifying companies to target, three tools to use to identify these companies, and then how to use the list to network into the hidden job market.

Tools include a free, extensive database of companies, a published list of metro area companies sliced and diced in different dimensions, and maps of companies in the metro area by industry to share with your students and clients.

2.2 "How to Qualify Your Clients for a Federal Job"

Robin Schlinger

Many job seekers want to search for Federal jobs - or you may think they may be a candidate for a Federal job. Before applying for a Federal job it is important they select the right Federal job to apply for. Most potential job seekers and many resume writers do not know how to find and read job announcements to determine if a client can qualify for a Federal job. This session will help a resume writer or Career Coach who is not experienced in reading Federal announcements or writing Federal Resumes help their client select appropriate positions to pursue.

Breakout Session 3: 11:00AM-11:50AM

3.1 "Employee Abuse in the Workplace"

Terry Wynne

This seminar addresses verbal, psychological, and emotional abuse among employees, customers, and managers in the workplace. Stimulating and controversial, this seminar deals with recipients of employee abuse and identifies ways to deal with them. This seminar also discusses the values, mindsets, responsibilities, recourses, and choices necessary to create a respectful workplace.

3.2 "Thinking About Starting or Growing Your Private Practice?"

David Harris, Charlotte Hayes

Starting a Private Practice/Growing an Existing Practice!

Both Harris and Hayes run successful private practices and want to help you discover YOUR vision for your practice. In this fast-paced and experiential workshop, we will discuss the importance of understanding YOUR expertise; understanding your ideal client(s) and developing a practice budget. We will also explain how to approach marketing your practice including conducting market research; what actually works in private practice marketing; and developing a specific Marketing Plan.

Finally, we will share what it is like to deliver private practice career coaching: understanding matching client needs with deliverables; scheduling; and the importance of peer supervision and consultation.

Breakout Session 4: 2:40PM-3:30PM

4.1 "Career Transition via Small Business Ownership"

Julie Denise

Who is buying franchises and why?

What makes franchising a compelling choice for mid-career executives that have faced prolonged periods of unemployment or under-employment?

Provide basic information on franchise business models and industries.

What are the costs of franchise business ownership and possible financing arrangements?

Research methodology that reduces the risk in making the investment and the preparation needed by the client.

4.2 "Defining Your Client’s Value Using MBTI Assessment Results and How to Market Them to Employers"

Dr. Betsy Johnson

Through a review of individuals’ strengths identified using the MBTI preferences, connections to work values sought after in the workplace can be made. Participants will learn more about what employers are seeking in candidates today and how their clients can make quick and meaningful value propositions to those employers. In addition, participants will identify ways in which they can convey their value to current employers.

To register for the GCDA Mini-Conference click here to view the event page.

    Keynote Speaker Profile: Daniel Seddiqui

    Daniel Seddiqui’s resume is intentionally long. Although finding work after college graduation was a seemingly impossible mission, having failed 40+ job interviews, Daniel regained focus and found a new purpose by exploring America’s cultures, careers and environments. Each week, he arrived in a new state and found a job, but not just any job. His mission was to choose an industry that reflected the culture and/or economy of the state.

    He’s worked as a baseball scout in Massachusetts, a coal miner in West Virginia, a meteorologist in Ohio, a music studio technician in Tennessee, an archaeologist in Arkansas, a petroleum engineer in Texas, a meatpacker in Kansas, a cartographer in North Dakota, a National Park Service ranger in Wyoming, a reverend in Nevada, a lumberjack in Oregon, a dietitian in Mississippi… The list is unreal.

    In the midst of the recession, this was no easy quest. Learning to give himself an opportunity and understanding that life is what you make it, Daniel hit the road and when gasoline was at a historic high of $4.99/gallon. “I could’ve used every excuse in the book not to embark on this journey and how I would fail, but I was left at the point of desperation. I had an overwhelming spark of curiosity that my ‘why’ was strong, therefore the ‘how’ became easy.”

    Now, Daniel encourages students to open up their worlds, be curious and learn from others. He understands that we have to set goals for ourselves in the classroom and in the real world, not to just go through the motions. “We have to apply and connect what we learn and recognize how it can benefit us.”

    Taking risks, being adaptable, building a network, and having endurance are all part of the equation of persevering. Daniel shares with audiences that these are the five essential elements attributing to ones’ success. “Learning and challenging yourself is an incessant cycle.” Daniel has taken his 50 Jobs in 50 States endeavor as a tool for inspiration to “go the extra mile.” In his most recent mission, Daniel has challenged communities that suffer socio-economically to overcome adversity and use the power of people and existing resources to uplift themselves. He has visited the most obese town in America, for example, and fostered community-building to coach the town for a 5k road race.

    We are excited to host Daniel as our GCDA Mini Conference Keynote Speaker and look forward to the wisdom he shares that we can use to positively impact our clients.

    To get a taste of what to expect, you can see Daniel's TEDx video here

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