The second meeting of the Committee Council was convened January 23. Discussion focused upon committee activity and growth. Membership participation is a key objective. The re-structuring of leadership continues to enhance the Association and improve communications as more hands lighten the load.
Key member benefits include:
Members are encouraged to contribute to: be interviewed for the APCDA video; write a blog for APCDA News, comment upon Career Adaptability; submit a paper for our Journal and make a request or proposal for mentoring webinars; nominate yourself or other person for President-Elect.
Through our members APCDA continues to inspire collaboration, recognize excellence and build professional practice, globally.
Dear Members and Friends,
APCDA has been preparing for an exciting conference in India on March 10-15. We are looking forward to an amazing opening on Tuesday March 10 with the celebration of Holi, welcome speeches, and dinner at the Manav Rachna Farmhouse. There are many informative keynotes, panels, and breakout sessions with something for every setting and career services issue. We will have a large number of interesting exhibitors, including the maker of the APCDA Conference App (they are located in a nearby town). Of course, the App is not available yet because we are still rearranging the schedule to accommodate travel and Visa issues for the presenters. The official conference ends on Saturday, March 14, but many of our guests are planning to take the tour on Sunday for an intimate view of a small number of special places in Delhi. Be sure to make your hotel reservations ASAP because the Vivanta by Taj is eager to give our rooms to other guests. More information is here: https://AsiaPacificCDA.org/Travel-Tips
Have you downloaded your APCDA Member Logo yet? We are excited that our members can now display their membership proudly on their website and printed materials. This change took a lot of work with a lawyer, but we believe we now have it figured out, thanks to the efforts of Gulnur Ismayil, our Executive Director Intern.
We held our first Member Mentoring Webinar last week. Fourteen people signed up to share questions and answers. We had a great mix of people with experience and people facing new issues. The best ideas came from both those with experience and those who are facing the issues now. We are looking forward to holding other similar webinars after our conference. If you have a topic that you would like to be the focus of a Member Mentoring Webinar, please let use know. Follow this link to share your question(s): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZBJTPXK
See you soon in India!
Woongtae Kim, Ph.D., MCDS, CDF-I, GCDF
CEO & GCDF-Korea Program Director
Career Building System & Consulting Co., Ltd.
APCDA President, President@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.
The November meeting of the Country/Area Council included reports from many countries. Please view our video recording of the meeting here: https://youtu.be/N--d8g_qjpc
Below is a summary of the written reports submitted.
Australia has joined JobKred from Singapore in using Big Data to help job seekers. They also inviting us to their conference in Canberra in September.
Azerbaijan: ADA University teams with UK to improve graduate employability and create entrepreneurship hubs.
Cambodia partners with Young Entrepreneur Association of Cambodia and builds a career coaching center.
Canada continues building a Career Development Practitioners Competency Framework to identify the standards and guidelines for competency in our field.
China: Macau is working on a career development curriculum for middle school students and attempting to clarify college entrance requirements for their students now that China has diversified its requirements.
China: South China is working on a career planning curriculum for primary schools and created a database of parent occupations for use in job shadowing.
Korea reports that the second Thursday in November is Soo-Neung (national university entrance exam) and the attention of the nation is focused on getting students to the testing places. This year, around 540,000 students took the national university entrance exam.
Malaysia: The University of Malaysia just completed a program encouraging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer, and Math) occupations.
New Zealand, like Canada, has developed Professional Standards and is surveying the needs of members for professional development. They are also advocating for increased government funding for career development.
Singapore: The People and Career Development Association is partnering with Workforce Singapore (a government agency) for funding of professional development programs and reminds us that APCDA will be in Singapore in 2021.
Taiwan has convened an international Youth Trends Forum to examine changes impacting youth, as well as several other projects.
USA: Our representative Dr. Rich Feller asks how much credentials tell us about competency in career professionals and whether clients actually use credentials when searching for assistance?
Do you have any questions you would like to ask an expert in Career Development? APCDA has members with experience in every aspect of Career Planning, Development, and Management. Please send us your questions.
Use this link to submit your question(s): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZBJTPXK
1 Minute survey
We will group the questions into general topics and ask our members to let us know if they have experience in the topics identified. Then we will set up a Question-and-Answer Webinar for each of the general topics. Those with questions can ask a panel of members with experience. This new series is FREE to APCDA members.
In order to kick off this new series of webinars, we have chosen a topic that we hear a lot: How can I organize a local Career Development Association? This free webinar will be held on January 21/22 and will cover any question you want to ask about the best way to start or energize a local Career Development Association. Many local chapters struggle. Some are struggling to start and others are struggling to start over. When an experienced leader moves away or gets tired, things can fall apart quickly. Join this lively discussion if you have either questions or suggestions, or both.
Click here to register. (It is free.)
Please contact us at Info@AsiaPacificCDA.org if you have experience and would like to be a panelist.