NEWSLETTER / November 2020

Looking Past the Election and

Ending the Year with Professional Development

Dear Members and Friends,

Are you feeling like me and Linus? Hoping for a little less chaos, and a little more stability, and wondering how to acheive that! That's a bit how I think many people feel, including clients, students and colleagues.  To give you tools to use at work and to support you, we have an exciting event coming up and our planning teams are working to developing programming that meets your needs for the future also.  As always, I am here if you have ideas for how we can best assist your delivery of career development services! 

Best wishes to you as we head into the final months of 2020.


Holly Smevog, MCDA President


  1. Fall Workshop 2020
  2. National Career Development Month Art & Poetry Contest
  3. December Career Cafe

See below for more info about these events,

read our member spotlight and discover regional programs.


MCDA Fall Workshop:

Friday, November 13, 2020

 (4 Approved CEUs)

Life Design for Navigating Change

Re-Imagining the Career Experience 

in a Post Covid19 World

Dr. Farouk Dey, Ph.D.

Vice Provost for Integrative Learning & Life Design/Johns Hopkins University

TEDx Speaker 2019 | LinkedIn Top Voice in Education 2018


  • Identify the new themes that define how people achieve their life purpose.
  • Ideate future directions for educational institutions, sole practitioners and workforce development and hiring organizations in order to achieve equity for all candidates.
  • Prototype solutions and tools for challenges we will face tomorrow.

Click here to learn more & register!


DECEMBER 1, 2020

Details will be delivered through email and will be posted on our website soon!

Recap from the October 27th CAREER CAFE:

I would like to thank the 27+ career service providers who participated in the Career Cafe on October 27th.  Discussions topics included the following:

    • how COVID has affected our lives,
    • how we use technology to deliver services, and
    • methods for engaging college students through career fairs and other means.

Amy Jaffe and Peter Osborne from Bates hosted the cafe brilliantly. All discussions were held in breakout rooms which allowed everyone an opportunity to share and/or ask questions and we will continue to use this format.  There were also smaller sessions with 3 or 4 people per 'room' to just discuss spontaneous topics.  This was an all around great networking event!!

The next Cafe is scheduled for Tuesday, December 1st.  Details and registration will be available on our website soon.

NCDA promotes career development through its annual celebration of National Career Development Month.

Help us celebrate with the 55th Annual Poetry & Art Contest! 

55th NCD Month Image

This year's theme is 

"My Future Career: Imagine the Possibilities"!

View the contest flyer for details and deadline: MCDA Contest Flyer (1).pdf or contact our coordinator Tara Kierstead at

Entries will be judged on how they celebrate and inspire career development with a positive tone while emphasizing the national theme.  Your ideas are valuable and worth celebrating! Every adult and student enrolled in school is eligible, as well as adult practitioners who are not in school.

Entries may be either poetry or art.

Member Spotlight: Christine Murphy

Michelle Tullier connected with new MCDA member Dr. Christine Murphy, who is serving on the MCDA board.

Please tell us about your role as Director of Donor Engagement & Major Gifts at United Way of Greater Portland.
I work with individuals and families who contribute $10,000 or more to UWGP. I love helping connect philanthropically minded people with a wonderful charity and watching how excited they get when they see what an impact their generosity can have on the causes they care most about.

What is your connection to career development, and what attracted you to MCDA?

In addition to lecturing, I ran a small consultancy during my PhD program years. At first, my work focused on non-profit development and fundraising, but I quickly found myself working with individuals who were transitioning across different career paths, often from academia to the non-profit world (which is my own path). I’ve worked extensively outside of the U.S, so I am very interested to learn about the career landscape across Maine. I am also excited to learn more about the ways in which I can contribute to MCDA and make a positive and lasting impact. I also love to meet people!

Where are you from and where have you lived?

I am a New Hampshire native but have lived all over—six years in Scotland, England, and France, two in Japan, two in Mongolia, one in India, and a year backpacking across Africa, as well as extensive time spent in Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam, Italy, and California.

What are some of your fun facts or interesting accomplishments?

Due to my many years of international travel, work, and research, I have gained a working knowledge of eleven languages. Not fluent, unfortunately, but pretty functional! I am also proud to call myself a Buddhologist—someone with a PhD in Religious Studies, focusing on Buddhism. There are very few of us, but I’m one of them.

Thank you, Christine, and welcome to MCDA!

Career Convergence Highlights

The latest issue helps us see how we can promote November as National Career Development Month: 

Promoting Career Development in National Career Development Month

By Morgan Ray and Tovon Hamilton

“My Future Career - Imagine the Possibilities” is the theme of the 55th Annual NCDA Poetry and Art Contest. Now more than ever, the world is experiencing a kaleidoscope of change. Celebrations and creative outlets can aid in the release of stress from daily life.

In the K-12 department of the magazine, a program for high school students is featured:

ProjectMe: An Approach to Career Exploration in High School

By Destiny O’Rourke

High school students are faced with the challenge of deciding which postsecondary path to take, oftentimes without proper structure for action. This article presents ProjectMe, a program that combines the State of Kentucky’s model with Super’s career development theory to develop an effective career preparation and exploration framework for high school students.

A Career Services Fellow and PhD student at George Washington University reminds us that spirituality is an element of cultural diversity:

The Intersection of Career Development and Spirituality: Considerations for Career Professionals

By Amber Samuels

Spirituality is part of the fabric of multiculturalism and an important identity element of clients seeking career services. This article offers tools to address the intersection of spirituality and career across various dimensions of the career counseling process, including interests and values, sources of support, and career decision-making.

Please join MCDA!

MCDA Member Benefits:

  • Accessible and affordable professional development opportunities
  • Monthly news and resource e-mail updates, and access to on-line professional development resources
  • Professional networking for sharing information about issues, opportunities and announcements from other organizations that might be of interest to members
  • A hub and resource for development and support of regional chapters throughout Maine and New England

Recordings of our 2020 Conference webinars are now available

to current MCDA members

in our brand new "members only" section of our website!


MCDA Members May Register for Regional Events at Member Rates!

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