We are very happy to announce the newly-elected Officers. Starting on October 1, our new President-Elect will be Ms. Momoko Asaka, who has been our Secretary for the past four years. Taking her place as Secretary will be Dr. José Domene who formerly served as our Treasurer, so we are looking forward to welcoming him back as an Officer. President-Elect is a one-year term and Ms. Asaka automatically becomes President in 2022, then Past President in 2023. Secretary is a two-year term, with the option to renew for a second term (maximum total of 4 years).
President-Elect: Ms. Momoko Asaka, CEO, Veriteworks, Japan
Momoko Asaka, CEO of Veriteworks and Secretary of APCDA, graduated in Arts in Library and Information Science from Keio University, Japan. JCDA Certified Career Development Adviser, JPA Certified Psychologist, Mental Health Legal Advisor, Health and Productivity Management Advisor. Started an independent business after working as a medical corporation staff, HR staff of a large company, an HR director of a private IT company. Incorporated as Veriteworks in 2014. Utilizing 20 years of experience in the counseling field, provide career and mental-health counseling for corporate clients, seminars, article writing, book publishing, and media appearances. She has participated in all the conferences since 2013 and presented four times. She has served on the board member since 2016 (Japan Country Director, Secretary, and News Committee Co-chair). Through the years, she felt that APCDA is a great concept that has grown into a vibrant organization for career specialists. It’s brought a friendly atmosphere to all the members, even first-time participants. Carrying this strength forward, APCDA must continue to be flexible in uncharted situations and continue to face new challenges to build the organization.
As President-Elect, I will increase the number of activities in order to attract more members, both academics and practitioners, from different cultures and backgrounds. These new people will bring new opinions and ideas to the organization. I will work on vitalizing the committee activities. I will plan and organize high-quality webinars to enhance the value of APCDA and increase awareness of this outstanding community. Great webinars will increase the number of APCDA members and lead this organization to have more influence in the Asia Pacific region.
As CEO of my company, I created a business entity from scratch and I have been developing the company. In my company, people from Nepal, China, the Philippines, and Bangladesh work together. I’ve known and experienced how better a community with diversity works and communicates with each other. In this sense, I’m confident in myself to contribute to APCDA’s global community.
Secretary: Dr. José Domene, Professor, Counselling Psychology Program, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada
Dr José F Domene lives in Canada, and has a Mexican and Chinese cultural heritage. He is a Professor in the counselling psychology program within the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. He has nearly twenty years of experience teaching students to become counsellors and psychologists, focusing on courses such as career development/counselling, professional ethics, and research methods. José is also a Registered Psychologist in the province of Alberta. His counselling work includes a focus on the intersection of career-life and mental health concerns.
José is an active researcher whose primary focus is on exploring the relational contexts of career development, particularly for young people from marginalized populations. Over his career, he has published over 50 scholarly journal articles and presented over 180 papers, sessions and posters at conferences, including regularly presenting at conferences of the Asia Pacific Career Development Association.
José is a lifetime member of the Asia Pacific Career Development Association, and over the past six years has served in numerous leadership roles within our organization, including: Country Director (Canada); Treasurer; Associate Editor of the Asia Pacific Career Development Journal; Board Member; and Co-Chair of the Membership Committee.
Ever since I became involved with the APCDA in 2015, I have found our organization to be among the most welcoming of professional associations that I have known. In the few years that I have been involved, I have seen our association grow in both size and diversity, taking on new projects to advance career development and career practice in the region. During this time, I have enjoyed interacting with colleagues from all around the Asia-Pacific and have a genuine desire to continue serving the association as it pursues its mission.
In October, the new team of Officers will be:
We also want to thank the other excellent candidates. We believe it is very important for our members to have a choice of leadership and we are grateful to these candidates for making this choice possible. We hope you will run again.
By Dr. Marilyn Maze
The 2021 APCDA Conference was our first planned virtual conference and we eagerly reviewed the evaluation data and data supplied by Hubilo (our conference software platform) and Google Analytics to learn how our members and friends experienced this event.
There are many imperfections in these data. For example, Hubilo tells us that 156 people clicked on the Join button for the brief Opening Remarks and 85 people clicked on the Join button for Dr. Savickas’ Keynote on May 25. Since most of the people who came to the Opening stayed for the Keynote, should we add the 156 to the 85 to get 241 attendees? Also, on our evaluation form, we failed to ask the basic marketing question: “How would you rate the conference overall?” So, we have no overall measure of satisfaction with the conference. This is a summary of what we think we can conclude based the data available.
The keynote by Dr. Mark Savickas was well attended and the recording was played far more than any other recorded session. While the ratings for all of our keynote speakers were highly rated with only tiny differences between them, the Savickas Professional Development Institute (a 3-hour session) was the most highly rated event at the conference. On the Open-Ended question asking for the “most valuable aspect of the conference,” the 3rd most common response was “Savickas” and the 4th was “Amundson/Fruhling.” We believe this means that our keynote speakers and their longer Professional Development Institutes where well appreciated. We also believe we should ask Dr. Mark Savickas to provide a follow-up 3-hour virtual webinar.
Networking was the most highly rated reason for attending the conference and was the 2nd most valuable outcome of the conference, but several people wanted networking to be easier. This challenges us to understand what would make networking easier. According to Hubilo, the information about Attendees and Speakers was well used, with 1826 Attendee Profile Views and 1434 Speaker Profile Views. 1133 Messages were sent, with 51 requests to meet. Only 3 meetings resulted. Clearly, the “Meet” function did not serve us well, likely because of the many different time zones. Some people who sent other attendees messages complained about the low response rate. I found emails to me from the conference website in my Junk folder after the conference, when I had time to look, and I am guessing several others had a similar experience. Although every one of the 48 presentations ended with the words “the presenter(s) will now move to the Lounge and we invite attendees to join them there,” and there were also Sponsor tables, Work Setting tables, and Open tables available, the Lounge was used for only 79 meetings and involved 110 participants. In the cases where there were two or more presenters for the same session, the presenters were counted as a meeting. Several presenters told us that they did not have attendees join them in the Lounge. The less-than-expected usage of the Lounge causes us to wonder If we need that feature next year?
Hubilo provides an “Interaction” score for each attendee, which increased with every action an attendee took, such as attending a session (10 points), reading someone’s profile (3 points), etc. The most common interaction score was 8 (did not attend any sessions?) and the median interaction score was 23 (e.g. attending 2 sessions and reading one profile?). This tells us that over half of the people who registered attended at most 2 sessions and made very little use of the other features offered by the conference platform. While the Interaction Score does not tell us which features attendees used, it appears that of the 342 registered for the conference, perhaps 70 engaged in the multitude of features offered by the conference platform (Contests, Event Feed, Sponsors, Lounge, Meet, etc.).
According to Google Analytics, we had almost 8000 visitors to our website in April, May and June. Of those 8000, 86% were “new visitors” and the biggest number visited in May. We conclude that having a conference is a very effective form of building market awareness of our association.
We plan to hold our 2022 conference in Singapore, if possible, and hold an in-person conference with a virtual option. We are intensely studying the available data to understand which features our virtual attendees need and use. We are committed to recording as many presentations as possible so both in-person attendees and virtual attendees can learn equally well from the presentations. While it is likely that the in-person attendees will enjoy convenient networking and sightseeing, we hope to provide a meaningful experience to our virtual attendees as well and include as much networking as possible. We hope our next conference will take the options available virtually to a higher level, while also meeting the needs of the in-person attendees.
By Allan Gatenby, Committee Council Chair
The 2021 APCDA Conference, Walking on Uncharted Career Paths, was a real success. Attendees said:
Like baking a great sponge cake, you need to start with the highest quality ingredients. This conference included a tremendous amount of planning and care in construction. The organizing committee and leadership gathered the best ingredients. The keynote speakers and presenters gave us inspiring presentations on a wide variety of topics that we will now have a month to savor. The special events such as the contests, committee and country meetings, and product presentations by sponsors added to the special flavor. The participants brought their energy and eagerness to learn. The sponsors contributed their support and gave us new insights into products in our field. These ingredients were mixed with love and baked at the optimal temperature and time providing a unique experience. And it has been consumed with gratitude.
What did we learn at the conference? We focused on the changing nature of our practice. We learned to focus on meaning not matching and to listening for the story. We learned to appreciate liminal space and encourage clients to accept the sense of being “between” without panicking and allowing clarity and destiny to emerge. We learned to think of career planning as a hero’s journey, to appreciate the seasonality of life, and to seek talent from within. Through diversity we have a greater opportunity to find resolution. Our connectedness to our community adds value to all that we do. It is now our responsibility to absorb the messages of this conference and let them shape what we do.
Looking toward the future, we need to maintain the connections and continue to explore the new learnings. Please share your stories through the APCD Journal and the APCD Newsletter. Let the new order and destiny emerge in our work and individually and collectively soar like an eagle. In Singapore in 2022, let’s celebrate further greatness.
Contests are new to us. We added seven contests to facilitated networking in an online environment and build a sense of community. Many who engaged in the contests felt that we succeeded in building a sense of community.
The contests have ended and the winners have been selected, but their entries remain available, together with the recorded sessions. These will remain on the Conference Website through June 29. Please enjoy them while you can.
By Hector Lin
The Country/Area Council met on May 5 and reports from this meeting can be found on the Country Information Pages on our website. Please use the links below to read these reports and learn the details behind these short summaries.
Australia: COVID caused job loss, but economy is recovering well. New tools are available free from the government and Career Week May 17-23.
Azerbaijan: Making exciting improvements in career services offered, including government employment centers, university courses in career planning, and Ministry of Education focus on career guidance.
Canada: COVID is still a major concern in Canada. The government has launched several major programs to identify the skill that will be need in the future, help Canadians to up-skill, and to make job transitions based on the skills they have.
Indonesia: Progressing in survey needs for career planning services, increasing the services provided, and building the Career Counselor Training program at Krida University. Also working on translating APCDA’s Glossary, Ethical Guidelines, and Competencies into Indonesian and building participation in APCDA.
Japan: The hiring season has started. It is not as big as in past years, but the activities are normal. Japan has 7 new APCDA members and a large group are attending the conference. JCDA now has over 20,000 members.
Kazakhstan: 6% of the population has been vaccinated. Universities are using a combination of online and in-person courses and career fairs. The labor market has begun to recover, but employment is still heavily affected by COVID.
Korea: Progress continues on the High School Credit System which will be implemented I 2025 and will allow more variety of courses for high school students. In addition, a new licensing system has been proposed that requires a background in psychology for all professionals offering counseling services.
New Zealand is still closed to outsiders, but has had very few incidents of COVID and recently held an in-person one-day career conference in Auckland. The Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ) is working on a new Client Relationship Management system. The Accident Compensation Corporation, which is part of the public health system for New Zealand, is working with CDANZ on its proposed “Back to Work Service.”
Philippines: The Manila region is experiencing significant restrictions due to COVID, schools are online, and online learning is the primary mode of gaining new skills.
Singapore: PCDA is offering valuable webinars and approaching Workforce Singapore and employers to discuss introducing career development in the workplace. 2-Jul to 15-Aug 2021 is SkillsFuture month in Singapore.
South China: Veganism has been embraced by the Chinese government in response to the concern about the spread of viruses in “wet markets” and climate change. Dao Foods is now a major developer of vegan products sold in many countries.
Sri Lanka: The Central Bank reported that In 2020, the percent of labor market declined slightly and unemployment increased slightly while the number people working outside the country dramatically decreased. This report indicates the stress the economy was experiencing during the pandemic. The Asian Development Bank has approved a loan for upskilling Sri Lankan youth.
Taiwan: Several exciting new initiatives are announced in this report, including the opening of the Women Empowerment Center in the historic district in Taipei. COVID is still a concern, but Taiwan traced the case occurring when people enter the country quickly so that it has not spread into the local population.
USA: A list of conferences, new books, articles, and other resources for our field is provided.
Vietnam: The Vietnam CDP (Career Development Practitioners) announces the release of the Competency Framework in Vietnamese and describes the journey to create this important resource tool. It is also proud to have increased its membership by 80% in one year.
By Sing Chee Wong, APCDA President
As April begins, it is hard to believe I am half-way through my presidency. The past 6 months have been packed with activity and progress. APCDA has offered two webinars a month, one free with members mentoring other members, and one paid. We have planned an exciting virtual conference with a great balance of interesting presentations, fun contests to build relationships, and other activities to enrich the experience while being virtual. We awarded 24 conference scholarships this year and struggled to select Award winners from an amazing array of nominations. We are listening to a new Podcast each month and just received another issue of the APCD Journal packed with great articles. We are excited about the articles our members and friends have been contributing to our weekly news blog. We are adding new members and holding regular meetings to welcome newcomers. Our Country Representatives have kept us up-to-date about the exciting events in member countries. Whew, that’s a lot.
With all of this activity, there is a lot to keep track of and many challenges to overcome. We are still eager to hear from our members and look forward to hearing feedback at the Member Meeting in May. We are excited about the many nominations for wonderful people in our field who deserve awards. The choices are difficult. And we are very happy that we were able to offer conference scholarships to 24 people who are beginning their careers in our field. I am looking forward to seeing all of you on May 19 at our Awards Ceremony and Member Meeting, which are open to all, whether or not you have registered for the conference.
By Allan Gatenby, Committee Council Chair
When leadership is shared, and collaboration drives the organization then in times of challenge the organization will thrive. This is the experience of APCDA. New memberships are up. Number of scholarships applications have increased from 5 to 24. Inter-committee collaboration has increased and from both News and Programs Committees we see evidence of increasing strategic alignment with both professional competencies and member engagement. The conference is quickly approaching full subscription. This is the good news. All thanks must go to the Committee Chairs & Co-chairs with the support of staff and leadership.
Highlights from the Committee Council include:
Leadership & Professional Learning opportunities: in this climate of growth and increasing spirit there comes increasing opportunities for members to grow through leadership. Participation in any of the committees is a professionally enriching activity, from which everyone benefits. Consider the benefits of joining a committee, contributing to the news blog, reflecting upon your own practice and share your thoughts and recommendations. As we say to our clients “be active, to be attractive.” So should we do.
Part of APCDA’s mission is to promote intercultural understanding, diversity, and inclusion in the Asia Pacific region. During the pandemic, in some parts of our region, acts of violence against people of East Asian decent have increased. APCDA condemns these attacks and asks that all of us take action to prevent scenarios where hate, discrimination, bullying, and inequity are allowed. Hateful acts cannot be accepted and will only decline if we act collectively to stop them.
We continue to work in partnership with those who envision a just, safe, and caring world. We rededicate ourselves to supporting the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of everyone and honoring diversity. Indeed, any form of violence against any individuals is equally abhorrent, whether it is based on gender, race, labor, class, immigration, or country of origin. We ask all members to stand in solidarity, challenge discriminatory systems, and also confront our own biases, stereotypes, and racial worldview.
Approved by the APCDA Board of Directors April 1, 2021. Send comments to info@AsiaPacificDCA.org
Response by Members
I deeply appreciated this united stance as an organization regarding this recent social issue that’s happening in other developed/higher income countries. News from my relatives in the U.S. and Australia saddens me as they are either fearful to go out and be bullied during this time or perhaps shy away from being a Filipino. Though as a guidance counselor I would like to understand this behavior as one of the offshoots of the health crisis, I hope this shall end and not exacerbate the racism that has long been a social ill.
By Dr. Marilyn Maze
At the beginning of November 2020, we added Google Analytics to our website at the request of the Qatar Foundation, because they wanted to know how many people download the Arabic version of the Glossary, which they translated for us. Google Analytics is a free service that counts the number of visits to webpages. It reports on:
Of course, these data can be misleading. Staff visit many pages to check/update them, and those views get counted. When the phone rings or a person gets coffee, the software may indicate that a user “viewed” a page for a long time, when no one was actually looking at the screen. Everyone lands on the welcome page when they first come to our website (unless they are coming from a link in an email or news blog), so that page is, of course, our most visited. But this data does give us a way to measure what people care about and how often they visit our website. The data below reflect 2 months (November and December 2020).
In the table below you see totals by Main Menu topic for each of the statistics provided. Looking at the “Views” column to see which part of our website had the most use, we see the most views in Webinars (which is called Events to include the New Member and Non-Member Meetings). People looked at large numbers of recorded webinars, as well as registered for six live events during that period. For the second and third columns, totaling these data is not really correct statistically, because the total counts the same person every time they visit another page. But the New User numbers do give us some idea about the volume of people visiting each part of our website. The Welcome area attracted the largest number of new users. During November, a lot of people were looking at our Call for Proposals, so that part was visited by the next largest number of new users, then Country/Area Information and News are tied for 3rd place.
What, specifically, were people doing in these sections of the website? For each of these menu topics, we have selected the most popular pages under that topic.
Under the Welcome topics, we have a lot of information about APCDA as an association. This table shows which pages in that area were visited by the most people. We can see that a lot of people visited the “About” page which contains our Vision and Mission, and they visited our Leadership page which contains bios for each of our leaders. A noticeable number also considered donating to APCDA, although only a couple did so.
Under the Conferences topic, of course the Call for Proposals and the 2021 Conference received the most attention.
People also looked at past conferences and at other information about the conference such as Scholarships, Awards, Proposal Tips, and Presentations Tips. They also looked at Past Award Recipients.
In the Membership area, the largest number of people looked at the Join-Renew pages. But they also looked at the Benefits page, each of our Member Organizations, and our Legacy Partners. Members who log in see the Member Directory, so that page was well used.
Under Webinars, our November and December live events offerings were, naturally, very popular. But many people also looked at our libraries of past webinars and watched many recorded webinars.
Each of our News pages was visited by large numbers of people, including the Through COVID series which, by this time, was old news. And 25 people decided to add their names to our mailing list.
Our Resources were not visited as often as other topics, but the Journal and each of the past issues of the Journal had many visits. The Arabic version of the Glossary, which was announced on November 15, drew a substantial number of people. Our other glossaries, ethics, and competencies also were used.
Many people visited our Country/Area Information pages and every country had several visits with people clearly reading several articles on the pages that interested them.
The last section of the webinar is not part of the menu, but rather a service that is offered by the website. Each person in our database can see their own profile, and while looking at the Member Directory, they can view the profiles of others. Some people also asked for help with passwords, told our system not to send them any more emails, or looked at invoices (probably in the process of paying).
In addition, 150 people used the website Search function.
These data provide important information about how our website is used and which parts of our website are valued most. We plan to continue to study these data over time and see what more we can learn. Given the amount of work we put into maintaining and updating the pages on the website, we are happy to know people are reading our webiste.
Career Support for Arabic Youth Boosted by QCDC’s Arabic Edition of Career Development Terms Glossary
Initiative part of QCDC’s ongoing efforts to promote Arabic language resources
Doha, Qatar, 15 November 2020: A successful collaboration between Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) and the Asia Pacific Career Development Association (APCDA) has culminated in the Arabization of the Glossary of Career Development Terms, which will benefit Arabic speakers and professionals around the world. View the announcement here.
Primarily intended to serve as a resource for professionals in the career development and vocational assessment field, the Arabic guide will assist career counselors, academic advisors, career practitioners, human resource professionals, trainers and teachers working with Qatari and Arab youth, across the region and globally, in planning their career paths.
Given the diversity of the field, the glossary is an important step toward establishing a shared understanding of commonly used terms and phrases. The Arabic edition will be dynamic and continue to develop and grow as experts suggest improvements or additions to its contents.
QCDC, a Qatar Foundation (QF) member, has long endeavored to address the gap in Arabic resources in the field of career guidance and professional development, which continues to pose an obstacle to QCDC’s mission to provide support services for Arab youth.
Mr. Abdulla Al-Mansoori, Director, QCDC, said: “Through this latest initiative, QCDC has made an important contribution to the promotion of the Arabic language, offering a resource to Arabic speakers and professionals around the world for creating impactful content and training programs. The achievement will empower career development experts to better guide our youth, not only in Qatar but all across the Arab World, on their ambitious career journeys.”
APCDA is a non-profit association incorporated for educational purposes in the state of Maryland, USA, providing training for specialists engaged in facilitating career development in the Asia Pacific region. Conferences, workshops and networking events enable the exchange of knowledge and collaboration on professional projects.
The initial development of the Glossary in English stemmed from APCDA’s objective for the Asia Pacific region to speak the same language related to career planning and development. The English language glossary was completed in 2017, with the aim of eventually offering versions in all languages spoken by its members.
Gulnur Ismayil-Isparova, Executive Director, APCDA, said: We embrace more than 300 members from over 20 countries around the world under the APCDA umbrella. Association is a wide multicultural and multilingual platform. It is important for us to ensure the exchange of ideas and best practices is communicated smoothly. The Glossary gives us chance to understand each other and effectively serve our clients in various corners of our regional coverage. We are thankful to Qatar Career Development Center for this valuable contribution and opening access to the APCDA glossary for Arabic speaking nationalities.”
As a member of APCDA, QCDC has traditionally participated in their annual conference and the publication of an Arabic edition of the glossary was therefore the next logical step, which enables APCDA to now offer this important resource to all its members.
In recent years, QF has increased its efforts to promote Arabic, the world’s sixth most spoken language. QF has launched several initiatives to address the challenges of modernizing academic programs and incentivizing linguistic institutions to keep abreast of technological advances in a bid to promote classical Arabic, which faces intense competition from colloquial dialects.
In keeping up with that mission and as part of its own efforts to promote career guidance resources in Arabic, QCDC was the first institution to offer the Career Advisor Training Course in both Arabic and English, in Qatar and the GCC region. The program aims to equip professionals with the basic skills and knowledge to offer career planning and counseling services to guide Qatari youth to embark on career paths. More than 150 participants have successfully graduated from the program to date.
Announcing the New
Adopted October 2020 by the APCDA Board
The APCDA Board wishes to express its sincere gratitude to the Ethics Taskforce which has just completed its work of reviewing the original APCDA Ethical Guidelines, questioning every word, comparing our statements to those our other career practitioner associations, and including wording appropriate to the many countries that are represented by APCDA. This taskforce consisted of Dr. Joseph Chan (Hong Kong), Dr. Vandana Gambhir-Chopra (India), Leonila Urrea (Philippines), Gulnur Ismayil-Isparova (Azerbaijan), and Dr. Marilyn Maze (USA).
According to Dr. Brian Hutchison, “Upon reflection, this is what makes us a professional body in that we are a band of similar and dissimilar professionals in so many intricate ways that only an agreed upon set of principles, grounded in common values makes us one body. It does not feel like hyperbole to me to say that today I think APCDA became a professional organization in the truest sense of the word.”
We recommend that each member read these ethical guidelines and think about their implications for practice. In order to make them come to life for our members, Dr. Chopra has planned a series of Member Webinars in 2021 to review case studies related to ethics and discus our real life examples of time when ethics may get trampled by expediency or financial constraints. We hope you will join these webinars/
You can find the APCDA Ethical Guidelines here, which is under Resources on our website.
After months of work, the Standards Taskforce is proud to announce the new list of APCDA Career Services Competencies. This list is valuable for improving your skills and those of your co-workers. Find out which competencies you have and which could use improvement.
This Competencies List is intended to be used in conjunction with the APCDA Glossary of Career Development Terms. The definitions of terms will be helpful in understanding these competencies.
These Competencies reference the APCDA Ethical Guidelines, which are available here: https://AsiaPacificCDA.org/ethical-guidelines
This list will be revised as needed. Suggestions for additions and revisions should be submitted to Ethics@AsiaPacificCDA.org.
Members are invited to get a copy of the new Member Logo from the APCDA Website. Now that we have a legal agreement published on our website, is it possible for us to provide a logo for use by our members. We currently have three kinds of member logos:
If you fall into groups 1 or 2, please go to our website at https://AsiaPacificCDA.org and click Login. Then put your mouse over the Member menu and you should see "Member Logo Usage" as an option. Choose that option and read the agreement, then click on the appropriate link on the bottom of that page. If your membership is Active, you will be able to see and copy the logo.
If you fall into the third group, you should have received the logo from us by email.