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    • Thursday, April 15, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    New Jersey Career Development Association

    The Power of Saying "No"

    4/15/2021, 5:00 - 6:00 PM

    Everybody wants something from you. Supervisors, coworkers, staff, vendors, customers, and so on. As professionals, we are conditioned to say 'yes'. During office meetings, client calls, sales pitches, and even interviews, we're expected to say: "Yes, I will do that; Yes, I can get it do; Yes, I’ll be there; " without hesitation.

    Sometimes “yes” is the way to go. "Yes" to a new project, to more responsibility, to a promotion you’ve been eyeing. But sometimes, "yes" just isn't right. The overuse of “yes” can lead to stress, anxiety, mistakes, resentment, and even damaged reputations. Well, you can say "no" and still succeed!

    This presentation will introduce the fundamentals of emotional intelligence and reveal strategies for how to:

    Uncover and reduce your fears of saying "no"

    Understand everyone’s feelings and why they matter

    Assess your “yes/no” capacity—without guilt

    Facilitate the necessary ‘questioning conversation’

    Develop effective logic and language around a "no" response

    Focusing on “No” can lead to positive outcomes. Join us and learn to how to say it, leverage it, and own it at any level of your career, and create the YES reality you want!

    PACDA members: Discounted registration using code on Members page

    Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-power-of-saying-no-tickets-137995882399 

    • Saturday, April 24, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 1:15 PM (EDT)
    • See Link in Description

    Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jump-start-your-job-search-online-workshop-tickets-138171048325

    A Resource for PACDA Member Clients

    Jump Start Your Job Search

    Saturday, April 24, 2021

    9:00 AM - 1:15 pm

    Join us from 9 am - 1:15 pm on April 24 for a half day virtual event.

    Transferable Skills – Ford Myers– Many of us have not yet identified the transferable skills we possess that will aid us in obtaining our next position. By understanding and identifying your transferable (portable) skills, your new career can become a reality! Ford will lead us through identifying our skills, and then how to market ourselves utilizing those skills employers are looking for.

    Building Relationships is Key to your Job Search Success – Amy Dinning – One of the most important activities we can participate in while in job transition is building relationships. You are only one person away from your next position, you just have not met that person yet. Amy will guide us through how to successfully build relationships that will aid us in job transition and in life.

    Why Can’t I Get the Job? – Alex Freund – How often do you feel that you were a perfect fit for the position but did not get the offer? You may have felt that you provided impressive answers, connected with the interviewer, had the exact experience wanted, met all of the requirements, and even sent timely follow-up notes. If only you could understand why you did not get that job. Attending will enable you to identify potential signals as to what’s really going on. You’ll become empowered to ask questions and act strategically so that you become the candidate who gets the offer.

    Questions & Answers with a Panel of Experts – Ford, Alex, and Amy

    Join us at 8:45 a.m. for networking and the workshop will begin at 9 a.m. A link to the handouts will be provided after the workshop.

    You will receive a Zoom link a few days before the workshop.

    Please note that online registration will close on Friday, April 23 at noon.

    For more information or questions, contact Amy Dinning at amydinning@juno.com.


    Association of Talent Development, Philadelphia chapter

    BENG and Philadelphia Area Great Careers Groups

    Career Networking Group, Montgomery County


    Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network

    Chester County Economic Development Council Hire One https://hireonecc.com/

    Joseph's People

    Learning & Development Philly

    My Career Transitions

    Penn State Great Valley Career Services

    Pennsylvania Career Developmen Association

    Philadelphia Society of People and Strategy

    • Tuesday, April 27, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    New Jersey Career Development Association

    A Conversation Amongst Peers (#2) Acknowledging The Present: Resources & Tools

    4/27/2021, 5:00 - 6:00 PM

    A Conversation Amongst Peers, an NJCDA platform program, brings NJCDA members and Future members together to engage in conversation that aligns with the National Career Development Association (NCDA) conference theme and mission for the year. With this year’s NCDA theme, A Kaleidoscope of Career Interventions in an Age of Uncertainty, our organization proudly presents, Ideas to Interventions: A Year of Challenges and Creativity in Career Development.

    The upheaval of 2020 has brought forth various challenges for career development professionals across the country. Between transitioning to a virtual workforce and an ever-changing economy, professionals across the globe were unexpectedly challenged to reevaluate strategies in order to succeed in this new economy.

    This three-session, one-hour series, serves as an opportunity for participants to engage in dialogue with like-minded peers, to reflect on the past, acknowledge the present, and focus on discovering strategies to thrive in the future.

    Session 1: Reflection on the Past: Ideas & Insight

    Date: March 30th

    Time: 5PM

    We will discuss lessons learned over the past year, sharing ideas and insights into how we adapted and adjusted to facilitating career development in the moment.

    Session 2: Acknowledging the Present: Resources and Tools

    Date: April 27th

    Time: 5PM

    We will share in the realities of our current situation, focusing on the resources and tools we have available to help keep up the momentum and continue providing quality services to our students, clients, and advisees during this period of cautious optimism.

    Session 3: Discovering the Future: Programming and Intervention

    Date: May 18th

    Time: 5PM

    We will plan for the future, exchanging innovative ideas for programs and interventions that respond creatively to the challenges still to come.

    PACDA members: Discounted registration using code on Members page

    Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-amongst-peers-ideas-to-interventions-a-year-of-challenges-tickets-143776036997

    • Wednesday, April 28, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar: Link sent after registration

    Career Coaching Strategies to Support Neurodivergent Clients 

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

    12:00 - 2:00 pm

    The term neurodiversity was coined by autistic sociologist Judy Singer in 1998. It refers to the diversity of human minds, the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species. Being neurodivergent means having a brain that functions in ways that diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal.”

    As career development professionals, we work with clients and students with a broad range of neurocognitive functioning. Some may have Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, ADHD, and specific learning differences. We may find ourselves ill-prepared to provide career transition and job search coaching that benefits our neurodivergent clients.

    Join us for this informative session to learn new tools to support your neurodivergent students and clients. Speakers include PACDA member Rich Davis from Comfort Career Connections who will discuss job fit qualifications, invisible disability, and career pathway development. Other speakers to be added.


    Rich Davis, Comfort Career Coach at Comfort Career Connections, earned his BS in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and has professional experience that spans workforce development, private practice, and higher ed environments. His career coaching incorporates his perspectives as a neurodivergent career professional with powerful predictive analytic career reports. Rich has been a panelist for the NDGiFTS Movement and a Team Leader for the Philadelphia Eagles Autism Challenge as well as for Autism Speaks and NAMI walks.

    NCDA CEUs: NCDA CEUs are pending

    Act 48 credit: After the event, PACDA can provide you with certificate of attendance, for you to submit to the Pennsylvania Department of Education to obtain Act 48 credit. Email ceu@thepacda.org to obtain your certificate.

    • Wednesday, May 19, 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • Saturday, May 29, 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Asia Pacific Career Development Association

    Walking on Uncharted Career Paths

    May 19 - May 29, 2021

    APCDA invites you to attend this international conference where all presentations will be in English.  The audience will consist of delegates from many Asian countries and regions as well as other parts of the world.  This conference provides opportunities for networking, sharing among practitioners, and identifying new resources.  Breakout sessions will be divided into four tracks:

    • Serving School Populations (K-12)
    • Serving College Students
    • Serving Working or Job Seeking Adults
    • Research on Career Issues

    The audience will include career and school counselors, counselor educators, workforce development professionals, human resource professionals, and career development practitioners at all age levels and in all settings (school, college and university, government, business, agency, corrections, and private practice). 

    Due to the time difference between Singapore and ET, you have the option to attend the conference live (10 pm – 2 am EST) or view recordings (provided to all registrants).

    Keynote Speakers: 

    Constructing Career Paths:
    From Finding to Designing a Work Life

    Dr. Mark Savickas, author of Career Construction Theory, is professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Northeast Ohio Medical University and Adjunct Professor of Counselor Education at Kent State University.

    Finding Hope in
    Liminal Space

    Dr. Norm Amundson, co-author of Hope-Action Theory and Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia. Ms. Andrea Fruhling, Executive Director for the Hope-Action Group and a career and organizational coach and instructor at the University of British Columbia.

    More information and registration

    PACDA members: Discounted registration using code in Member Resources


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