It is so inspiring to be part of an organization whose members make a difference to individuals every day!
As I sat down to write my first message as President of PACDA, I couldn’t help but be impressed with how far we’ve come and, of course, a little intimidated following in the footsteps of our inaugural President, Kim Neubauer. Kim helped set PACDA on a course for success that I am delighted and privileged to continue to advance.
When COVID derailed our plans for a day-long symposium 18 months ago, we pivoted quickly to virtual offerings that supported our mission of professional development and networking for our members.
Looking forward to the coming fiscal year, we have robust plans to continue to bring significant value to PACDA members and guests while also sustaining and growing our impact on career services delivery in Pennsylvania and adjacent communities. For me, that’s the core of PACDA’s impact – helping individuals, one by one, optimize their career management through the expertise of our members.
Our ambitious goals for the future include:
Increase the size and diversity of membership across every dimension (geography, age, race, ethnicity, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation / affectional preference / gender identity, disability, etc.).
Provide professional development opportunities for members, through program excellence, partnerships, and volunteer leadership opportunities within PACDA.
Being recognized as a go-to resource for best practices within an industry that is somewhat fragmented, with an array of practitioners and certifications.
Continued refinement of PACDA governance as part of our “best-in-class” identity.
I hope that you will join us in optimizing the careers of all those that we serve. The work that we do doesn’t just help an individual – it positively affects each person’s families, communities, and workplace.
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Job Search Strategies
October 27, 2021 | 12:00PM - 2:00PM
For many career development professionals, coaching our clients/students on effective job search strategies is a significant element of what we do. How can we help them move beyond sitting at their computer screen (or tapping on their cell phone) applying for posted job openings, and waiting, passively, for employers to get back to them? In this webinar, three job search experts will share their perspectives on the job search process and offer recommendations for improving our job search coaching skills.
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Networking by PACDA Affiliation
November 17, 2021 | 5:00PM - 6:30PM
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Re-Entry & Justice: How Career Coaches
Can Empower Returning Citizens
Returning citizens (people returning to the community after being in prison) face enormous challenges when seeking employment. Research has shown that landing a job as soon as possible after being released from incarceration is one of the keys to avoiding recidivism. Learn from two experts on how best to support and encourage our returning citizen clients.
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The Pennsylvania Career Development Association (PACDA), a State Division of the National Career Development Association, is committed to offering high quality, accessible professional development and networking opportunities to career services practitioners throughout the state.
We welcome career services and career development professionals in corporate outplacement, talent development and mobility, higher education, K-12 schools, workforce development, public and private agencies, non-profit organizations, and private practices.
Thank you to PACDA Charter Members!