Maine Career Development Association
Presenter: Jim Peacock, Peak-Careers
LinkedIn continues to be the world’s largest career database. As career professionals, we need to model a strong LinkedIn profile in order to help our clients/students improve their LinkedIn presence. We must be comfortable demonstrating how to utilize all the tools within LinkedIn to find work, network, and create and sustain professional credibility. We will review essential components of a strong LinkedIn profile and then demonstrate tools to connect with people, network to find inside information, and ensure that recruiters can find you.
Presenter: David Lee, HumanNature@Work/Heart at Work Associates
Today’s world of work requires tremendous resilience if one is to perform well, and not burn out, despite the increasing demands and pressures that come with most jobs. Add to this, the ever-changing organizational, economic, and job market landscape that has become the norm, and it’s clear that people need higher levels of adaptability and flexibility than ever before. Those currently involved in a career search need to be resilient if they are to remain upbeat, energized, and able to present themselves well during what can be an arduous journey.
Presenter: Susan Daigneault
We are a storied species and our narratives play an important role in our lives. In order to genuinely help an individual to find a good fit in a career, we have to know the person's story. What are the experiences that have shaped this person's life? Is the person's story full of examples of resilience or is failure the word that the person uses to describe life? In this workshop, participants will learn how to encourage clients to tell their stories in a way that helps the advisor know the narrative that the client lives by. Participants will learn how to use elements of story to maximize their ability to advise their clients. Participants will leave this workshop with a set of open-ended questions and other material to use in incorporating story-telling into their work with clients. The workshop will end with a Q&A section. It is expected that at the end of this online workshop, participants will be comfortable with using story-telling techniques in their work.
Presenter: Anush Hansen, Kennebunk Counseling
A holistic and wellness-centered approach to career counseling takes many factors into account, including clients’ interests, strengths, personality, and values; family responsibilities and financial needs; self-esteem and self-worth; and their physical, social, and mental health.
As a Certified Career Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor, Anush set out to build a holistic career counseling practice to serve clients in need of career development support, as well as mental health and wellness counseling services. Utilizing a holistic, strengths-based, and narrative approach, Anush found that many of her career counseling clients were struggling with significant challenges including social anxiety, ADHD, depression, perfectionism, guilt and shame, grief and loss, substance misuse, chronic health diagnoses, relationship problems and divorce, parenting struggles, and other life concerns.
In this interactive presentation, Anush will discuss her experiences and the nuts and bolts of building a holistic career counseling private practice, and share what she learned about the personal and mental health challenges clients sometimes face when they want to pivot in their careers.
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Holly Smevog, Current MCDA Presidenthollysmevogconsulting@gmail.com