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Minnesota Career Development Association

News

The MCDA bimonthly newsletter for members is filled with information about MCDA happenings and:

  • Best practices in career development
  • Innovative tools and techniques
  • Member profiles
  • Board Highlights

Below are recent articles from the MCDA newsletter, events, and other news items of interest.

Career Change and the Chronologically Gifted

December 13th, 2018 No comments

by Nancy R. Burke Career Coach, FuturePerfect and Burke&Penn   Five years ago, we started our business, Burke&Penn to work with people age 50+ on their careers and second acts. We want to help people define themselves, not by their pasts, but by the futures they want to create. In these five years, we’ve learned […]

Croonquist Hosts Dec. 19 RoundTable Discussion

November 29th, 2018 No comments

Please join MCDA on Wednesday December 19 in Woodbury, MN, for the last MCDA RoundTable of the year led by our own Carmen Croonquist! Mastering Your Inner Game for Total Confidence As career practitioners, we have the exciting role of partnering with our clients as they reinvent themselves for new opportunities. Unfortunately, many individuals encounter […]

Emotional Intelligence Explored in Multiple RoundTable Events

November 27th, 2018 No comments

Emotional Intelligence, or EQ, is considered the best predictor of success, even more so than intelligence (IQ). In today’s competitive and uncertain world, EQ competencies are more important than ever to get hired and to move up in an organization. Career practitioners discussed how emotional intelligence affects the job search during multiple events the week […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]