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East China Country Director:
Dr. Brian Schwartz
Suzhou Success Partners Consulting Company
Suzhou, China

November 2021 East China Report

by Dr. Brian Schwartz

As I was just appointed a few weeks ago there has been little time to gather information. Following through on Marilyn Maze’s introduction, I introduced myself to PAC’s Ivy Liao requesting their help in organizing an all-China conference in 2022 of career services professionals. In addition, I have contacted our South China Country Representative, Elisabeth Montgomery, who has pledged her support for such a conference.>

I am composing an email to go to our more than 400 Suzhou Success Partners graduates and training attendees inviting them to become members of APCDA in a kick off to recruit at least 100 new East China members before the end of this year.

Remembering the PAC Conference in Shanghai

By Dr. Claire Ouyang, APCDA Macau Representative

December 13-14, 2019, People Achievement Consulting (PAC) held its 3rd Annual International Career Development Conference in Shanghai.

As the strategic partner of NCDA since 2011, PAC offers the Facilitating Career Development training program and credentialing services in China and beyond. This year’s conference discussed opportunities and challenges for the career development industry in China. From an industrial perspective, keynote speakers elaborated the global trend of talent development and challenges caused by Artificial Intelligence. From the educational perspective, discussions focused on the crucial role of career education in national educational development strategies and needs for career education and guidance in school settings as responds to the college entrance exam policy reformation in Mainland China. Front-line practitioners also shared successful experience and reflections during breakout sessions of the two-day conference followed by workshops. Attendees demonstrated their aspiration to elevate their practical abilities and skills.

APCDA was represented at this year’s conference by the Keynote Speaker Prof. Rebecca Dedmond and her in-depth observations on the global trend of educational reformation. Past President and Research Committee Chair Prof. Hsiu-Lan (Shelley) Tien, Macao Representative Dr. Claire Ouyang, and Taiwan Representative Anne Chen also attended the conference.

Prof. Hsiu-Lan Tien received the Outstanding Chinese Career Development Professional Award for her continuous devotion to nurturing and inspiring career scholars and practitioners in China and beyond. This award aims to honor and pass down an individual’s profound academic influence in the field of career development on Chinese cultural society. Prof. Tien shared her insights with the audience about the transforming yet solid role of career counselors nowadays after receiving this award.  She also provided a workshop introducing updated educational policies and trends which will be implemented in career curriculum design in Taiwan after the conference. Those sharing received warm responses from attendees.

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