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Pick Your RoundTable for National Career Development Month

November 8th, 2018 No comments

MCDA RoundTables Across Minnesota National Career Development Week November 12-16, 2018 To honor National Career Development Week, November 12-16, 2018, the Minnesota Career Development Association (MCDA) is hosting RoundTable discussions in multiple locations across the state. These informal professional development and networking events will focus on the topic Emotional Intelligence & the Job Search and […]

President’s Corner: Fall Is Time for Changes

October 28th, 2018 No comments

by Gordon Helle, MCDA President   One of the great parts of living in Minnesota is experiencing the seasons changing around you. As I sit here writing, I’m amazed at the different ways that the trees around me respond to the changes. Some drop their leaves at the first hint of cold. Others will hold […]

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TECHNO INFO: Scheduling Clients Across Time Zones

October 22nd, 2018 No comments

Whether scheduling a meeting with a colleague in a different location or working with a client via distance technology, getting the time zone information incorrect can make a difference. Figuring out the time differences in your head can be challenging. World Time Buddy makes it easy to compare different time zones using a webpage or […]

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Skill Identification: How to Do a Thorough Skills Inventory

September 25th, 2018 No comments

by Paul Sears, WorkForce Center Staff   “There is a rich reward awaiting the job seeker who will spend the time to figure out his or her skills.” ~ Richard Nelson Bolles, What Color Is Your Parachute? Anything that you know or anything that you can do is a skill. Musings on Skills and Careers, […]

Musings on Skills and Careers, Part 2: Skills Checklist

September 25th, 2018 No comments

By Paul Sears, WorkForce Center Staff   Many systems have been designed to guide career choices. A skill identification tool in the Minnesota WorkForce Centers’ Employment Ready U program has a SKILL CHECKLIST to help workshop participants reflect upon career choices. Ideally, we want job seekers to be in the good place at the center […]

Musings on Skills and Careers, Part 1: Find The Good Place

September 25th, 2018 No comments

By Paul Sears, WorkForce Center Staff   Once I worked for a manager who had what I thought an extremely enlightened approach to assigning tasks. My boss’s philosophy was: to the greatest degree possible, assign work to people that allows them to use their best and favorite skills. No wonder my boss was overwhelmingly popular. […]

You Are Invited to Write for MCDA’s Blog and Newsletter

September 24th, 2018 No comments

“Everyone has at least one blog post in them.” ~ Christopher Hitchens (paraphrase)   Do you have tips, resources or commentary about a career development topic you’d like to share with other career practitioners? Have you read a book or research paper you think your colleagues might enjoy? Would you like to share your experiences […]

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President’s Corner — Spring Forward

May 25th, 2018 No comments

This has been a crazy spring following an unpredictable winter. We were just shoveling ourselves out of a record-breaking snowstorm, and now, a few weeks later, we in the Twin Cities are enjoying 90-degree weather. I don’t know what this spring and summer will bring, but I know the warm weather has revitalized many of […]

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MCDA Honors New & Experienced Career Professionals

May 8th, 2018 1 comment

by Gordon Helle, MCDA President Elect Each year, MCDA honors select members whose contributions to some aspect of career development are worthy of recognition. Congratulations to the four honorees listed below. The MCDA Awards ceremony was part of the 2018 Careers Conference on April 27. The Jules Kerlan Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes an individual’s lifetime […]

Navigating Transitions by Turning to One Another

May 7th, 2018 No comments

A Summary of April’s RoundTable By Elizabeth Stangeland The MCDA Roundtable on April 11, 2018 examined concepts from Margaret Wheatley’s book, “Turning to One Another.” The evening, facilitated by Elizabeth Stangeland and Vic Massaglia, included an overview of the book, breakout sessions to practice initiating meaningful conversations, and discussing what that process was like. “Turning […]

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