Ohio Career Development Association Quarterly Newsletter

Spring 2017
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Dear OCDA Members,
We are excited to share further information about our upcoming 2017 OCDA Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio on May 19th. Registration is open! To see more details about the conference and to register please visit our website:
Benefits of Attending the 2017 OCDA Conference:
  • 6 terrific professional development presentations with 5 hours of CEUs
  • Exceptional opportunity to network with like-minded career services individuals in Ohio
  • A scrumptious breakfast (Blueberry Yogurt Bread, Zucchini & Pumpkin Bread, Muffins, Bagels, Yogurts, Granola), a delicious lunch (Mexican Taco & Fajita Bar – Yum!) and an afternoon cookie & brownie snack!
  • FREE professional photographs
  • Opportunity to gain skills and knowledge in the following areas:
    • Emotional Intelligence and Leadership
    • Career Coaching Techniques
    • Alumni Engagement & Relationship Building
    • Creative Career Exploration Strategies
    • Integrating Technology Resources with Career Counseling
    • How to Challenge Negative Metacognitions
    • Creating Individualized Learning Plans for Students
We are offering you a wealth of fantastic speakers with multiple breakout sessions, and each presentation is going to be very hands on and activity driven. You can find further details below.  We hope that you can join us for this exciting annual professional development event in Buckeye country!
*If you register by April 15th, you will be put into a drawing for two FREE OCDA conference registration awards for next year!
OCDA Spring Conference – May 19th, 2017
Past President, National Career Development Association
Associate Professor of Psychology & Counseling Services at Florida State University
 “The Cognitive Information Processing (CIP) Theory in Action”
 An essential component of fostering a patients’ career development is an examination of mental health and personal well-being. This activity-focused and collaborative session will encourage counselors to examine and address negative metacognitions when helping clients make career decisions. Counselors will learn about the Cognitive Information Processing Theory and how to implement it using the Individualized Learning Plan (ILP), Design Space Worksheet (DSW) and the Cognitive Thoughts Inventory (CTI).
Breakout Session #101: Dr. Sunny Lurie, PhD
Founder and CEO of Fast Focus Careers and the Author of “Jolt Your Career from Here to There” 
“Getting Unstuck: Breakthrough Strategies to Help Your Clients Find a Meaningful Career”
A thriving career is what most of us strive to achieve. However, many people are unsure about how to achieve fulfillment. Career plans may change along the way either by decision or collision – with a merger, downsizing, dead end or burnout. For clients who feel stuck about how to find the “right” path, you will learn techniques to help them breakthrough to a meaningful career. This will be an interactive session so come prepared to discuss new ideas to help clients take charge of their career and get excited about their work.
Breakout Session #102: Marilyn Rice
Director of the Ohio State University Lhota Office of Alumni Career Management
“Engaging with Alumni and Facilitating Meaningful Student/Alumni Relationships”
If you are a career professional working at a University/institution, the concept of alumni engagement is an important consideration. In this session, participants will learn about strategies for connecting students with alumni and how to implement programming with alumni. The goal will be to address the participants’ questions, showcase how to use AlumniFire/LinkedIn and to illustrate specific strategies, so that participants can facilitate meaningful student-to-alumni relationships programs, and tools to facilitate networking and mentoring between students and alumni and young alumni to seasoned alumni.
Breakout Session #201: Tracy Austin, MBA
Corporate Coach, Training & Organizational Leadership Professional
“Career Coaching: Setting Goals for Success”
How can you help your patients with their “gremlins” (cognitive distortions), work/life balance, and career goals? In this session participants will learn about the GROW model to ask powerful, clarifying questions, what it means to be a Career Coach, and how to incorporate SMART goals and the Work/Life Balance Wheel. Participants will participate in role-play exercises to practice their career coaching abilities and they will leave with 10 Powerful Questions and useful resources. Specifically, participants will learn how to keep patients accountable, understand and explore areas of self-doubt, and integrate work/life balance exercises.
Breakout Session #202: Dr. Jeff King, PhD
Director of the OSU Leadership Center and Associate Professor at The Ohio State University
“Emotional Intelligence: Strengthening Your Leadership Capacity to Work with Others”
Emotional intelligence addresses the emotional, personal, social and survival dimensions of intelligence, which are often more important for daily functioning than the more traditional IQ.  Emotional intelligence (EQ) is concerned with understanding oneself and others, relating to people, and adapting to the immediate surrounds to be more successful.  EQ helps to predict success because it reflects how a person applies knowledge to the immediate situation. In order for participants to learn how to help patients, they will be taken through the assessment theories and activities to hone their own leadership and emotional intelligence. 
Breakout Session #301: Dr. Deb Osborn, PhD 
Associate Professor of Psychology & Counseling Services at Florida State University
Linking Online Resources to Innovative Career Counseling Approaches” 
The techniques and activities to be discussed requires a knowledge and skill-base of counseling, career information resources, assessments, mental health issues, and an ever-changing landscape of employment-related tools. For participants interested to become more technologically savvy, this session will provide insights into social media and how to enhance an effective online presence. Additionally, there will be a discussion of technologies that can be used in career services to address career exploration, mental health, professional development, and ethics. Learn about today’s hottest technologies and demonstrate how these tools can interface with components and processes associated with career theories.
Take advantage of the opportunity to see exciting Columbus, Ohio! There is never a shortage of fantastic restaurants and fun activities to explore. See more details here: |
Resource Corner
The Purdue OWL Online writing lab  resources will help you prepare for the different types of writing you may do during the job search process. This section includes resources on effective word choice for job search documents, tailoring your documents for specific employers, how to conduct research on your potential employers, and job skills checklists. This section also includes links to OWL job search document resources geared for working class positions.
Online Card Sort
Card sorts are a great a way for individuals to explore their values and how they connect to potential careers.  While doing card sorts in person is helpful, it can be difficult.  This excellent online card sort is a great alternative!
Educate to Career; Job Seekers Salary Calculator
Do you work with clients who are interested in the salary of a career in which they are interested?  Of course! Check out this simple-to-use salary calculator that will not only give the salary for a certain career, but will also tailor it to your client as much as possible with regards to experience and location!
Do you have a "go-to" resource that has been helpful in your professional development or in your work with students/clients? We would love to hear about it!  If you would like your favorite resource to be featured in the next OCDA Newsletter please contact Andria Stragisher using the button below.
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NCDA Career Convergence: Tech Tips
Gain Security with a Password Manager
Job seekers are juggling numerous passwords as they create profiles on dozens of different companies’ websites and job portals. Counselors too have many passwords for office management or online assessment sites. One solution for forgotten passwords is to use a password management tool. There are a number of free or inexpensive options, all serving the same purpose: easing access to what you want to do. Make sure to research the safety and encryption of various options (and they comply with any IT guidelines at your organization). Once you find the right one, though, you only need to remember ONE password instead of dozens to access everything in your life, manage your office or apply to that perfect job.

Tip provided by Gordon Helle,

Create Free Online Newspapers with
Are you looking for another way to share vital and interesting career information with your clients or colleagues through social media? is a free tool that pulls content from your social network into an online newspaper format. You can manually edit your newspaper or you can have the site automatically pull articles and stories from specific hashtags, people you follow, or even your own posts. Best of all, you can set your newspaper to automatically publish on certain days at a specific times and can have it automatically shared as a link from your social networks through Twitter and Facebook, or as an email newsletter.
Tip provided by Christopher Belser,
These Tech Tips originally appeared in NCDA's web magazine, Career Convergence, at Copyright National Career Development Association. Reprinted with permission.

Finding hot jobs: Using data to locate career opportunities

| December 2016

Which jobs are hot usually depends on where you live. Opportunities in Longview, Washington, may differ from those in Longview, Texas, for example.

A good way to find hot jobs by location is to look at data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and state labor market information offices. For purposes of this article, “hot jobs” are those in occupations that have strong projected growth and high wages and are in strong demand.

Keep reading to learn where to find these data—and how data can help to identify which jobs are hot in your area.


During the recent bitter and divisive political season past and hopefully leading to a calmer, reflective mutual problem-solving model, I reflected upon the real world changes I have seen in the American workforce over a 33 year career-- the working class majority I see in career counseling face a world of flux and uncertainty—stable employment in solid careers a hazy dream, pensions, health care, fringe benefits under assault, the social contract that defined the American dream for blue and white collar workers represented by vigorous labor advocacy in retreat as the world of work comes to resemble the conditions described by political philosopher Thomas Hobbes ( 1651) as,  “short , nasty and brutish”.
In this brief commentary I’d like to broadly define the working class and some counseling issues/approaches as well as raise some concerns about the nature of “advocacy” related to working class career issues. 
WHO IS IN THE WORKING CLASS? —60-70% of the American workforce
While academics and politicians have theorized endlessly about who is in the working class I’m fond of the succinct formulation of Barbara Ehrenreich in her book NICKELED and DIMED (1989) describing her immersion in the world of working class work. As defined by Ehrenreich, “ by working class I mean not only industrial workers in hard hats but all those people who are not professionals, managers or entrepreneurs, who work for wages rather than salaries and who spend their working hours variously lifting, bending, driving, monitoring, inputting, cleaning, providing physical care for others—loading, unloading, cooking and the like---the working class so defined comprises 60 to 70 percent of the American population.”
This working class majority is faced with an American economy with less stable employment, an assault on unions, which in the not too distant past represented career development aspirations of the working class and fostered group solidarity and collective identity. In 1950 more than one third of American workers belonged to a union—by 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 12% of the private sector workforce is unionized.
 With our recent election cycle over and new reality upon us, it strikes me that while NCDA and other counseling organizations issue vague calls  for “advocacy” and “ social justice” on any recent issues that affect real world working conditions we have been silent: for example last year the Obama administration spoke up on the efforts by employers to broadly define workers as “managers” so they would not be eligible for overtime pay and challenged the current employer   practice of using the category “independent contractor” to avoid paying benefits or basic employee rights.
Meanwhile state legislatures, most recently Illinois, attempt to eliminate “fair share fees”, so employees represented by a union can choose to not pay for representation yet receive all benefits negotiated on their behalf.
Public employee bargaining rights have been restricted or eliminated in Ohio, Wisconsin, and New York and formerly middle class/middle income bedrock of America jobs become workplaces of struggle and uncertainty.
Has NCDA or any state career development organization stated a position on these core issues? If we ignore these real world issues we are acting as if career counseling takes place in some vacuum or alternative reality—when in fact the issues articulated by organized labor—external factors of wages, benefits and working conditions—the issues that face our potential clients in this cruel economic era are most salient now and if we ignore these issues of public policy advocacy in the real world our career counseling strategies will be reduced to irrelevancy.
Working class clients often don’t present their concerns in the language of more middle class clients immersed in WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE, or COACH YOURSELF TO SUCCESS. Currently they are more likely to appear having been recently laid off, or struggling in a job search or with a checkered career history with no discernible theme. I have never met a client from working class background willing to complete the endless exercises in WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE, or fill in the flower (full disclosure—I count myself among their number.) The language of middle class clients, “ I’m not fulfilled in this career path and I’m seeking a more meaningful vision “is not usually what you will hear.
Working class clients tend to be more pragmatic/real world focused, trying to define an educational path to a specific job title or career field.
One class difference that strikes me as valid after 33 years of practice: While we often talk of internships and unpaid experience I have never heard a working class client inquire about an internship---they live in a world where apprenticeships are a solid path to careers and apprenticeships are PAID experience.
 Without the SDS and assessments designed by John Holland I will admit my career would have been more difficult. I don’t have space in this short article to delve too deeply into the brilliant vision of John Holland but the way the SDS correlates to specific job titles, Occupational Outlook Handbook categories, skills related to data, people, things, and ideas. I have developed some useful card sorts  and work value card sorts as well…..let’s look at two brief examples:
Alex, 27 years old, was referred to me by his uncle who he was living with and who saw Alex as, “lost, so much potential, just not getting anywhere, “
When I met with Alex, personable, very verbal, very frustrated, just let go as a baker’s assistant, told that “ I just did not seem to care about baking “ (Alex agreed) several jobs over three years since he left with about 1 year general education community college credits, including, driving, bartending, landscaping….nothing clicked called to him AHA.
We completed the SDS ( I like the paper and pencil version rather than online) some card sorts I use of skills and work values …when we regrouped his strong I profile and interest in science led us to look at some OOH jobs in health care and his skills seemed some confirmation. Alex also told me his favorite job over the years was a temporary post at a local university working collecting blood from lab rats in clotting research. He also confirmed that he enjoyed and did well in some of his science courses and so health care careers seemed worth exploring. He made an appointment to see an academic advisor at a local community college, I offered to continue to work together as he narrowed options and Alex left……. Four months or so ago I was reading an article in our local paper about innovations in computerized medical tomography at the Cleveland Clinic (don’t ask me exactly what it is) and there was a photo of the tomography technician in front of a 21st century spaceship looking machine….ALEX.
Full confession-- I wrote about Tracy in 1998 for the Journal of Career Planning and Employment but it remains a highlight of my career so let me repeat it.
Tracy a 24-year-old African-American woman at the time was scheduled to be laid off from the Ford plant in Lorain, Ohio as T-Bird production was ended and she did not have enough seniority to transfer to another plant—her shop steward referred her to me.
The card sorts and Holland assessments brought up a strong interest in cooking (Holland A) and we looked closely at training programs, books on cooking, etc.
In October of 1999, my wife and I visited Saranac Lake New York and stayed in a hotel operated by students of Paul Smith’s college, a culinary arts training college. As I devoured a huge slab of spicy ribs I looked up from a food induced trance and heard a woman in a chef’s hat ask me, “how are the ribs tonight Mr. Jaffe.”   TRACY
Treating our clients as human beings of value, integrity and much to contribute to the American workplace as well as respecting their American birthright to negotiate wages, benefits and working conditions is a key component of career counseling advocacy that we do well. These are difficult times—as Willy Loman’s wife Linda stated in the great American play Death of a Salesman ( Miller, 1951) “Attention must be paid” That’s the best definition of advocacy.
Martin Elliot Jaffe, MCC, career counselor at Jewish Family Services Beachwood, Ohio
Membership Moment

OCDA welcomes new and renewing members:
Katie Adkins, Aurora Alexander, Linda Antigo, Chandra Bell, Carmen Castro-Rivera, Colleen Chilton, LuAnn Coldwell, Laurel Durrett, Beth Erhbar, Kristin Hannon, Susan Hoopes, Dennis Joyce, Azra Karajic-Siwiec, Debra Lamm, Joel Liles, Amber Lovett, Leigh Mascolino, Robert McDonald, Helen McHenry, Judy Mey, Andrea Morrow, Ellen Neutzling, Karen Novakovic, Julie Novotny, Michelle Phelps, Rosalyn Platt, Janet Rogers, Nancy Ronevich, Shirley Short, Cheryl Suszynski, Elizabeth Wilson

If you have joined or renewed during this time frame, but are not listed above, please email Meagan Kittrick at

Want to join OCDA? It’s easy and online! WHY JOIN OCDA? Each OCDA member receives:
  • Networking opportunities with career development professionals from all over Ohio through regional events and the OCDA Annual Conference
  • Access to the OCDA Linked In group for additional networking and professional development
  • Opportunities to build leadership skills by participating on the OCDA executive board
  • Access to the OCDA quarterly newsletter and the ability to publish articles
  • A free subscription to NCDA’s monthly web magazine Career Convergence
  • Access to multiple career-related webinars through NCDA
  • Several opportunities each year to earn CEU’s
  • Notifications about volunteer opportunities with community organizations seeking career professional expertise
  • Opportunities to apply for and be nominated for professional development and career-related grants/awards
  • A chance to increase professional recognition for career development and counseling by being part of a state organization

To join visit and fill out the appropriate forms. Payment can be made either online or by check. For any questions please call 614-738-4423 or email
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