Dick Knowdell was a founding member of APCDA and his wisdom guides us today. His influence on our association was profound and his contributions were many, earning him the status of Lifetime Legacy Partner. Please see his bio on the Legacy Partner page. He attended every in-person conference APCDA has held, representing his company Career Development Network. His life was long, active, and full of important accomplishments. He passed away in his sleep on December 13, 2021.
Please send your memories of Dick Knowdell to Info@AsiaPacificCDA.org by Friday, Dec 24 and we will publish them in next week’s news blog and send them to the Dick Knowdell Memorial Book. Below is the remembrance written by Dr. Rich Feller.
Dick Knowdell, International Career Leader, Card Sort and JCTC Coach Certificate Developer Passes December 13
By Rich Feller
Recipient of NCDA’s Centennial Award, APCDA’s and the California CDA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, author and trainer, Richard (Dick) Knowdell has passed. He impacted millions within the career development field as a career coaching innovator. Known for his Card Sorts (Motivated Skills, Career Values, Leisure/Retirement, Occupational Interests, and Career Development & Job Search Profile), the Career Planning Network, and JOURNAL of Career Planning and Adult Development he was recognized for creating easy to use products and practitioner training worldwide.
Born November 12, 1934 in San Francisco, CA he is survived by wife Barbara Knowdell, and nephew Chris Knowdell of Sacramento. A dedicated mentor, and generous international colleague he was a dear friend and training partner with Bobbi Floyd and Rich Feller. Tim Hsi and Amy Lew, Michael Robinson (recently purchased Dick’s Career Research and Testing Company), Amhed Mostafa, Ashraf Jamie, and Vera Chapman were a few of his 8000+ Job and Career Transition Certificated Career Coaches.
Dick lived in Woodside, CA through high school and served as a US Air Force medic transporting the wounded during the Korean War. Relieved from active duty in 1964 he retired from the Air Force Reserves in 1984 as Chief Master Sergeant.
Dick was very proud of having worked in more than forty jobs during his lifetime (including plumber’s helper, cigarette salesman, post office worker, and HP employee). Attending San Jose Community College on the GI Bill, a counselor convinced him he was “college material.” He earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at San Jose State University. His education and work experience provided a lens which championed all work as dignified and honoring of each trade and worker. He pioneered the idea of a Job and Career Transition Coach, and Job and Career Development Coach Certification in 1979. That training is available virtually across the world.
Employed in several Silicon Valley company employee assistance departments, Dick was very proud of his influence over several years at Lawrence Livermore Labs. He started a private counseling practice while there and transitioned to full-time private practice and consulting. He is acknowledged as one of the first full-time career development entrepreneurs, career coaches, and career conference developers. His International Career Conferences were some the largest in the world for many years. Appointed by President Clinton to the Board of Examiners for the US Foreign Service, he authored six books.
Dick died peacefully in his sleep at home. He always said he wanted to go to sleep and not wake up. He got his wish. There will be no service of any kind per his wish. He will be cremated and his ashes scattered at sea by the Neptune Society. His family asks that friends "do a kindness for someone in memory of Dick since he was always trying to help and support others.”
View an interview with Dick about his major contributions to career development here.
I am sad to hear about his passing away. Mr. Dick Knowdell and his cards of Career Motivation, Career Values have driven me into many meaningful activities. I would like to express my thankfulness to him.
Doris Nhung, Working Place: Industry Relations, Academic and Career Development, Van Lang University, Viet Nam
I remember vividly when I first met Dick in his JCTC course in Hong Kong. He was full of energy, doing what he was passionate about. At that moment, I thought “I wish I’d have the same rigor and passion when I’m at his age.” He was a pioneer and willing to help out the younger generation. He was approachable, witty, and fun to be with. I always looked forward to seeing his smiling faces whenever I attended APCDA conferences. I’ll miss him always.
Dr. Elvo Sou, Head of Student Counselling Section. Student Affairs Office, University of Macau, Macau
to the executive level at his hotel for dinner or snacks. I fondly recall at the NCDA Conference in Orlando where we had our booths side by side – his endearment towards my 20 year old daughter Stephanie who was helping at our booth. He personally took her through his card decks and proceeded to coach her for her future career possibilities. Richard pulled me aside and only as Richard could - said “Ken your daughter is much smart than you are!”
Richard generosity - lead him to introduce dozens of career development professionals to myself to consider CRG’s assessments and/or build relationships with his global network. This included but limited to Rich Feller, Bobbi Floyd, Tim Hsi, Amy Lew, Michael Robinson, Amhed Mostafa and many more.
Finally, a very special memory was from a few years ago while working with a client in California - Richard Knowdell arranged a dinner with he and Richard Bolles and his wife Marci – which ended up with drinks at Dick Bolles residence.
Richard, I appreciated your friendship and being your colleague. Thank you for all that you have done for others – you have left a legacy.
Dr. Ken Keis, President & CEO, Consulting Resource Group International, Inc., USA and Canada
When I first met Dick Knowdell fifty years ago, he was working with scientists at Lawrence Livermore Laboratories to assist them in finding career satisfaction, and I was a high school counselor. When I started working for EUREKA, the California Career Information System, I was responsible for organizing an annual member meeting for people in California who used our computerized career planning system. To make this meeting more valuable, I added sharing and training sessions on career development and called it a conference. Dick Knowdell approached me to expand my conference to include his Career Development Network and the California Career Development Association. That sounded like a winning combination – the best career development experts added to my little annual event – who could resist. And he promised to take care of collecting the registration fees. The International Career Conference was born.
I learned that Dick Knowdell was a brilliant businessman, a reliable partner, and a source of excellent advice. When Soonhoon Ahn and I started the Asia Pacific Career Development Association conferences, Dick joined us again and we continued where we had left off. We all miss you, Dick. We will always be grateful that you got us started on a good path.
Dr. Marilyn E. Maze, Financial Administrator, Asia Pacific Career Development Association, USA
We first me in 1977 at a career development conference, likely delivered by one of his fellow giants, Richard Bolles. We bonded instantly and had a lively correspondence for a while across the USA, Dick on the West Coast and me on the East Coast. So many years later, we reunited at an early APCDA annual conference and every subsequent one, joining with another senior colleague in doing a kind of old geezers of career development presentation in either Taipei or Tokyo.
Dick was bigger than life. His kind generosity and compassionate spirit bathed all around him and one of the greatest highlights of each APCDA annual conferences was spending time with him and his lovely wife, Bobbi. He was the perpetual wise old owl dispensing wisdom, delightful stories and good humor at every event and, to me, was the living example of the spirit of career development that I hoped to emulate. He was delightfully honest and direct and was a man any of us could and did trust. Dick knew well the inevitable foibles of what it is to be human but, in his powerful presence, one could feel accepted and appreciated for who each of us was. He will be sorely missed but I am so happy he passed peacefully into his sleep and feel well assured that his spirit will live on in the best of all those many whose lives he has touched. Goodbye my dear Dick Knowdell. You embodied the best of our profession.
Dr. Brian A. Schwartz, Founder, Suzhou Success Partners Management Consulting Company, Ltd., Suzhou, China
It was shocking to hear this very sad news; I kept reading the e-mail several time hoping that I miss something, and what I understood is wrong, but the reality is he is gone. Richard Knowdell gone with his buddy what he will remain in our mind and heart.
I knew Dick early 2009 when I attended his JCTC/JCDC workshop in San Jose, and I remember that part of my career plan I came-up with out of this program is to work with him. 2010 we had the chance to have him in Egypt, 2011 I developed the Arabic version of his Card Sort, 2012 I became his assistant and did the first workshop with him in April, since that time he was my Boss, Mentor, and my great supporter. I still can digest the idea that I’m not going to work with him again, or not going to travel with him again. It is hard for me to accept this reality, but all what I can do is to keep what I have learned from him and to extend his mission t everywhere I go. I owe him a lot, and it is the time to pay him back all the good things he did for me.
Please see the attached pictures, it is the wonderful moments we had in Egypt and also the lats picture I had with him June 2019 ”the last Face-to-face NCDA conference.”
Ahmed Mostafa, International Career Development Advisor, GROWAT Cofounder – KSA, Kingdom of Saudi Arabian
I first knew about Dick while attended the Master of Counseling program at Santa Clara University. Back then, our class was introduced to Dick’s Motivated Skills Cards in our Career Development Emphasis course.
A couple of years later, while consulting a career development project with the two provinces in Vietnam, I sent Dick an email asking for his support. He instantly and generously gave me his advice and the permission to use his tools for free with the teachers in the two provinces. We continued to use his tools for free until it was officially produced and sold by Phi&P - HR & Leadership Training Company.
Contacting Dick via email for a long time, I finally got to meet him in person at the first Asia Pacific Career Conference in Seoul, Korea, in the summer of 2013. To me, Dick was the bridge between me and APCDA, where I no longer felt isolated in my career development practice. In 2019, during one visit to Vietnam, we sat down for dinner and Dick shared with me his career journey story, which was colorful and meaningful. I still vividly remembered that dinner, the table we sat at, the meals we ordered, and the call we made to Bobby who couldn’t make it due to her last-minute cold. We promised to see each other in person at Dick’s home during my next vacation, which did not happen due to COVID-19.
My teacher has ended his mission on earth. And I missed him dearly. Dick’s greatest lessons to me included generosity towards people and dedication to the career development profession.
Phoenix Ho, Founder, Sông An Career Development Social Enterprise, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
First of all, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to his family and beloved friends.
I first met Dick in 2011 at the NCDA conference in San Jose and had communicated since then at the NCDA and APCDA conferences. I’ve known him as a businessman at first, but got to know his generosity and passion towards people and career development profession through non-profit organization.
Dick is a very special person who loved working. In 2012, I invited him to Korea to offer Job & Career Coach, Job and Career Development Coach Certificate program. Even though I wish him to experience Korean culture by visiting selective places, however, he wanted to work only.
When we co-sponsored the first APCDA conference in Korea in 2013, I came to know that Dick sponsored a lot to invite Dick Bolles as a keynote speaker.
He was pure and modest professional. And he was trying to help and support others. I was especially grateful to learn from him about the American career legend in career development history after the World War II.
Thanking him for his great contribution to all the people concerned with career,
I wish him to stay peaceful in another world.
Eunmee Hwang, Founder and President of Career Consultant Forum, Founder and Representative of EM Consulting, Korea
When I think of Dick Knowdell, the first word that comes to mind is "generosity." In my first interaction with Dick, I asked him for permission to cite his Career Values Card Sort in my graduate project. Dick said, "absolutely" and then added, "can I send you some free card sorts to get you started with this workshop?" I was blown away! He was already a "great" in the field and truth be told, I was nervous to even ask for permission to cite his resource. When he responded not only graciously but with such generosity, I was startled in the best possible way. From then on, I recognized him as the professional I would like to strive to be. He will be sincerely missed for all the good he's done for our profession. But it may be the little conversations like this that burn brightest in the minds of the individuals he so positively impacted. A huge loss to the field of Career Development to be sure!
My husband, Alrien Berg, who completed his Job and Career Transition Coach Certification program, had this to say:
I attended Dick Knowdell's Job and Career Transition Coach Certification program some years ago. It was a smaller group with maybe a dozen of us in attendance. He was incredibly professional and I knew he was a pioneer in his field. But what I didn't expect, is how personable, friendly and willing to share any/all knowledge he had with us. He was so approachable! I never felt I was bothering him. In fact, he always encouraged us to approach him and made himself available for meals outside of the training so that he could help in a more personal way. He was constantly other-focused including providing free materials if needed to get us started. He inspired me to put others first in my work and life.
Wendy Berg, M.S., Moorpark College, General and International Student Counselor, Academic Counselor/Career Counselor/Professor, USA
By Lisa Raufman
Dr. Linda Pardy recently became a lifetime member of APCDA because she wants to provide better career development support for the growing number of international students studying at the University of Fraser (UFV). Dr. Pardy holds a BA in Adult Education from UFV, as well as a Master of Education in Community and Workplace Learning and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Calgary. Over her career she has supported 1000s of students in becoming workplace ready.
She is the Associate Dean of Students, in the College of Arts, as well as an Associate Professor, Communications at UFV where she encourages and supports faculty and students to recognize the embedded work/life career development that is fostered by a Humanities and Social Science education. Her research agenda is committed to ensuring Liberal Arts grads know they are equipped to tackle today's challenges and numerous career opportunities.
Prior to coming to UFV, she held a variety of leadership positions in student affairs, career, and community and corporate education with Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and the British Columbia (BC) Council on Admissions and Transfer. She is one of two original creators of the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer’s (BCCAT) premier planning resource, EducationPlannerBC.ca (EPBC), and has provided research, systems development, consulting services and project management to the Ministry of Advanced Education and BCCAT over the past 20 years.
Her most recent project is the creation of a new student Career Mapping resource. Career Mapping will be officially launched this summer and is an education/career planning tool built on a mindset of expansion. It is designed to help students navigate the multiple education and/or employment transitions of their careers.
Her entire career has been focused on building student capacity towards life beyond university. As a UFV Teaching Excellence Award winner, her integrated approach to student success is recognized for improving inclusion, knowledge transfer, and experiential learning so that all students are prepared to meet their future work/life challenges. Her research and publications focus on transformative learning, workplace learning and career development, student development, Indigenization, internationalization, and teaching and learning practices that enable multiple student populations to experience success and flourish.
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Gerald Tan Lifetime Member Interview
By Lisa Raufman
Gerald Tan: Senior Partner - Hatch Consulting Asia and Projects Director | Lead Career Developer - Avodah People Solutions
"What made you decide to become an APCDA lifetime member?"
I started being involved with APCDA in 2015 by contributing to the association newsletter before attending the annual conferences in Beijing and Vietnam and now supporting the Program Committee. The people in APCDA never cease to amaze me – from the hardworking and passionate committee members who selflessly volunteer their time, to the APCDA members who share interesting and impactful studies, projects and research.
Throughout these experiences and encounters in APCDA, I realized the importance of affiliation with the APCDA community and gleaning learnings from journals, conferences and meet ups. It made me realize the importance of a professional community in supporting my own professional identity and practice. Hence I decided to invest in a lifetime membership as a commitment to my practice and to remember to contribute back to the community in whatever ways possible.
As I look back at the development of my professional identity, I am thankful to have been influenced and inspired by professionals in the field of Career Development. There were so many! If I had to pick a few, I would point to these people.
Ms. Wong Sing Chee – a pioneer in Singapore who brought the knowledge of career development into Singapore and also my trainer who equipped me with my basic knowledge of career development.
Moving into APCDA allowed me to meet and be inspired by Dr. Roberta Borgen (Neault) and Dr. Norm Amundson through their innovative and client centric models, methods and research, reminding me to be brave and be creative in my practice.
Last but not least, I have been very amazed by the Career Construction Theory by Prof. Mark Savickas and I have been blessed so much by Prof. Kevin Glavin – someone who impressed me professionally and personally, being generous and focused on imparting his knowledge of narrative career techniques.
Other Professional Associations
Joseph Chan, Hong Kong Country Director, Lifetime Member Interview
by Lisa Raufman
Why I am a Life Member of APCDA:
I was born into a rural family that migrated to Hong Kong and experienced the mutual help of living in a crowded little flat with seven families sharing one small communal toilet and kitchen. “To give and to serve” have ever since been my natural inclination as a personal life goal at a very young age. At the same time two questions have influenced my life purpose related to helping people around me: 1.) help people on what and 2.) how to do it best.
I started my career through social service in a rehabilitation home, an orphanage, serving in student associations in both high school and university all of which influenced me to choose social work as my post-graduate studies. My first job was a social worker in a residential vocational training centre for the physically and mentally handicapped students; job placement in the world of work was the ultimate goal. That was my initiation to career development as a profession. Helping people to find a job that matches their aptitude, personality and vision, thus leading to a satisfying life is indeed a very meaningful vocation. Subsequently, I continued with this mission in the commercial sector as a human resource manager (HRM) and then in the tertiary education sector as a career counsellor and student development educator. Career development as a speciality and profession has helped me to find the meaning of my life, I share this with aspiring young career practitioners in this part of the world; I have been fortunate to help people to find meaning in life through the world of work.
Happily retired, in my seventies now, I am still actively engaged in professional career development work. I had the good fortune of joining the first discussion on the formation of APCDA in a National Career Development Association’s (NCDA) Annual Conference in San Francisco and have witnessed its encouraging growth. The liberal education which I have had the privilege to enjoy in post-war years both in high school and university has shaped my outlook on life and subsequently my approach to career development as a profession.
I did my history and social work at the University of Hong Kong, MEd at Chinese University of Hong Kong, and MBA at University of Strathclyde, UK. I firmly believe in Whole Person/Life Development and have fervently applied this in my three career domains, rehabilitation, commerce, and education. I studied four subjects in the university. History as my first degree gave me a perspective on how world has become what it is today. Social Work in graduate school prepared me for my career in vocational rehabilitation. As I moved to HRM function in business sector, I completed an MBA and another MEd majoring in counselling and guidance.
Then I joined the higher education sector where I have tried to introduce the whole-person-development approach to traditional student services through collaboration with student associations and academic colleagues. I have promoted career counselling training in the secondary and tertiary in Hong Kong and China since the 1990s, in well over sixty universities in major cities all over China.
My Career Development Philosophy:
“Whole-person-development” as an education and life-style philosophy has four key success factors.
I am now working on a Three Minutes Brief CareerChat Approach to make all brief personal encounters between any staff and their students a further step towards career maturity, as my retirement project!
My Intellectual/Spiritual Foundation
Management and Leadership:
Psychological/Higher Education Philosophy
Finally, I would like to appeal to more career practitioners to become Life Members to join hands to advance the contribution of APCDA to the well-being of our region.
Lifetime Member: Dr. Candy Ho
Assistant Professor, Integrative Career & Capstone Learning, University of the Fraser Valley
By Dr. Lisa Raufman
What made you decide to become a lifetime APCDA member?
The short answer: The people in APCDA are my people! While I’m proud to call Canada my home, Asia and Hong Kong – where I was born – remains a special place for me. This was reinforced when I attended my first APCDA conference in Vietnam when I learned all about the extraordinary career development initiatives in Hong Kong, and connected with the friendliest colleagues across the globe (I’ve got a great happenstance story about meeting three amazing colleagues from Australia at the back of the conference bus!) By the end of the conference I knew I needed to stay engaged with APCDA long-term, hence registering to become a lifetime member.
Education – degrees, certificates and where you studied
Professional influences – where you have worked
Prior to becoming a faculty member, I have worked extensively in university student affairs in areas such as first year experience and student transition, campus and residence life, career and volunteer services, co-operative education, academic advising, and university advancement. These collective professional experiences to date have culminated in my EdD dissertation investigating the conceptions of post-secondary career influencers in student career success, and I readily share my expertise locally, nationally, and globally. Finally, I am currently proudly serving as the Vice Chair of CERIC, a Canadian charitable organization that advances education and research in career counselling and career development, in order to increase the economic and social well-being of Canadians.
Professors of Influence:
Dr. Krumboltz would definitely be one at the top of my list. English is my additional language and the first time I read Krumboltz I was inspired, elated, and relieved at not only his theoretical components, but also how clear and matter of fact his writing was. In my work with post-secondary students, I have also found that the planned happenstance theory, the notions of luck, chance, and learning from failure put students at ease; they don't have to have everything figured out...nobody does! I was extremely fortunate to have shook his hand and tell him in person how much he's changed my life and the lives of people I work with at NCDA 2018 because as we know, he left us too soon the following summer.
Another key individual would definitely be my doctoral supervisor and "academic parent", Kris Magnusson. I embarrassed him in my SFU Education alumni profile:
Who is a faculty member you have enjoyed working with and why?
Without the brilliant guidance and support of Dr. Kris Magnusson, I wouldn’t be answering these questions as an alumna! A seasoned, relationship-focused academic supervisor, he worked with me to explore the curiosities I had for my research; there were many and he effectively helped me channelled them into my final dissertation on post-secondary professionals as career influencers. Kris provided timely support and insights, while positively challenging me every step of the way. Finally, Kris is widely recognized and respected as an international expert and scholar in career counselling and education, and I feel extremely fortunate to have been his doctoral student and now a lifelong protégé.
What do you miss most about your graduate studies in the Faculty of Education?
The regular meetings with my committee members, Drs. Kris Magnusson and Cindy Xin. Committee meetings with these two amazing mentors are a combination of inspiring keynotes and uplifting pep talks; I always leave our conversations feeling motivated to keep going.
Full link in case of interest: https://www.sfu.ca/education/gs/profiles/ed-leader/ed-leadership-edd/candy-ho.html
Your current job, your specialties, publications, contributions/awards
Career Development, Career Education, Work-Integrated Learning, Teaching and Learning, Instructional and Facilitation Skills, Student Success, Student Services and Student Affairs, Post-Secondary Educational Professionals, and Career Influencers
Maximizing Career: Guidance & Development
by Raza Abbas
Is a new global initiative that Mr. Raza Abbas -- Global Career practitioner & Lifetime APCDA member has taken for the career’s profession. The objective is to provide valuable perspectives on careers from leading careers influencers around the globe to raise awareness on the significance of career guidance and career development especially in the times of Covid-19 pandemic. The 1st Conversation is with Dr. Seth Hayden-President NCDA an eminent career development association and Associate Professor at Wake Forest University-USA.
As Anthony Mann from the OECD says ‘Never before in human history has career guidance been so important’. These inspirational words provide us with real hope and remind us that as professionals we have a collective responsibility to serve and inspire the diverse communities that we live in. Don't forget to share Dr. Seth’s interview in your professional communities, associations. Kindly subscribe to my Youtube channel to remain engaged:
A description of the work of Mr. Abbas was just published on the Career Guidance for Social Justice website:
Maximizing Career: Guidance & Development is an ongoing digital initiative that career professionals from other countries can emulate. Collective advocacy is key for our profession. Let’s keep the career conversations flowing .
APCDA Lifetime Member: Dr. Xiaolu Hu
Professor, Department of Counselor Education, San Jose State University, CA, USA
APCDA Lifetime Member Bory You
Interview by Lisa Raufman
Bory You, APCDA Cambodia Country Representative
What made you decide to become a lifetime APCDA member?
In 2018, she attended her first APCDA Conference in Manila, Philippines. The senior APCDA members were friendly, warm, and sharing, which inspired her to become involved. She found the senior APCDA members all expressing to her that they share the same value: They like to share their knowledge and experience with all career practitioners.
She thought that the APCDA Conference provided her with many career tools, tips, and ideas. She continues to build an international network with career professionals by serving on the APCDA Board. She loves her profession as Career Coach because she helps others in achieving their career goals.
As a Lifetime member, she feels that she can look forward to sharing with more career professionals and that she will ultimately be able to provide more support to APCDA members.
Career Development Influences:
Mr. Richard L. Knowdell, MS, NCC, NCCC, GCDFI, who has been the President of Career Research & Testing, Inc., author of six books, many training materials and who trained her in Job Career Transition Coaching (JCTC) and Dr. Timothy Hsi, Founder of Abundanz Consulting and Master Trainer of the Singapore Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) program
She has over 16 years’ experience in the banking industry, working in human resource and talent management for Canadia Bank PLC. Her best achievement in the Banking industry was successfully creating a performance management program on the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) in 2010. Currently, she is the President of the Talent Excellence Development Partner Co, LTD.
Education and Training:
Youth programs founded by Ms. You:
Young Leader Program (YLP) for JCI Phnom Penh-Cambodia: started in 2015, this program has become a flagship program. So far it has inspired around 500 young volunteers to become involved in leadership positions and in the SME sector.
Junior Entrepreneur Program (JEP) for Young Entrepreneur Association of Cambodia. This new program empowers young people to be involved in new creative initiatives and dare to take the lead in building more networks which will create opportunities for trainees to start their Entrepreneurship Journey.
Interview by Lisa Raufman
I became involved with APCDA when it was being formed through attendance at the National Career Development Association (NCDA) Conferences in the US and later by attending APCDA Conferences. As a member of the Executive of the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) from 2010 to 2017, I hosting Rich Feller, Marilyn Maze, Cheri Butler and Dick Knowdell in Australia and met many other key APCDA members at APCDA and NCDA conferences and while serving as Treasurer of APCDA for several years.
I have admired the contributions of APCDA leadership to establish and ensure that this crucially important initiative in the region was vibrant, ongoing and sustainable. In renewing my APCDA membership this year I was able to join as a Legacy Lifetime member and in a small way contribute to the ongoing legacy established with those of vision, care and concern for professionals working within the field of career development and for those they serve in the Asia Pacific region.
Education -degrees, and certificates
My early career in Commonwealth Employment Service (CES), beginning in the early 1970’s, afforded me the opportunity to work in employment advice, guidance and counselling. At that time there was an influx of refugees from Vietnam and the Middle East and the government introduced wage subsidies and training programs. We developed specialist counselling services for people with disabilities, indigenous, ex-prisoners, youth, and the long-term unemployed. We also did school visits to discuss career options. My work in rehabilitation counselling in the prison system and various psychiatric hospitals afforded me a rare insight into those most vulnerable in society as they endeavoured to transition into mainstream society.
I have always been conscious of those facing significant difficulty in their lives and in particular have been passionate about Australia’s youth as they also transition into mainstream employment. I had the great fortune as a Regional Manager to implement and introduce the Australian Traineeship system to complement the Trade training system in Australian from mid-1980’s until 1990 when I moved into Executive Management. I joined the Victorian Chamber of Commerce in 2003, which enabled me to contribute nationally through the Australian Chamber of Commerce and was actively involved in contributing in writing and developing proposals that went to the Australian Government. This resulted in the funding and implementation of initiatives such as the Career Advice Australia network, the Employer Broker Scheme.
Your specialties, publications, contributions, awards (selected)
I retired from the Chamber in 2015. When I stepped down as National President of CDAA in 2017, I was awarded a Certificate in recognition of Outstanding Service and have since Chaired the Ethics Committee. I was awarded Life Membership of CDAA in 2019 in recognition of my contribution at State and National level over a 20-year period. I received Life Memberships at CDAA last September.
I am currently semi-retired and moved back to a rural location in Central Victoria at Bendigo where we raised our family of 4 children through the 1980’s & 1990’s. I have since moved into consulting across the VET, Higher Education and Career Transition space. I stay active in our field through sub-contracts with Outplacement Australia and also Randstad RiseSmart. I have enjoyed my journey and I hope it continues for some time yet.
Interview by Lisa Raufman
Growing up, books were my only contact with the world outside of the rural Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania. My working-class family had lived in my area for more than 220 years all as laborers, farm hands, and tradespersons before me. Much of my search for meaning as an adult has been to understand how I am the first Hutchison to go to college, build a white-collar career, and enter the upper middle class.
APCDA represents the fulfillment of two lifelong dreams. It represents my expanding scope of practice as a global career services professional and scholar. It also represents my interest and commitment to global citizenship. This is why I became a lifetime member of APCDA. It represents the best life I could have ever imagined for myself as a young person and so much more.
My bachelor’s degree is in social science education with a focus on middle and high school aged students. At the age of 35, I earned my Master’s in College Counseling with an emphasis in career and a certification in school counseling. At 38 I earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision with an emphasis in career and a research agenda focused on poverty and education/ career development.
Today, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (mental health), Certified Career Counselor Educator (NCDA), and creator of the Advanced Career Facilitation for the 21st Century (ACF21) certification program. ACF21 training is recognized by the American Counseling Association, National Career Development Association, and International Coach Federation for Continuing Education Units.
Currently, I am a Core Faculty in the Clinical Mental Health Program at Walden University after recently leaving my position of Department Chair at New Jersey City University. Prior to that, I held an academic appointment at University of Missouri – St. Louis.
I have been in private practice for 11 years. My focus has always been career counseling and coaching, although I did also see mental health clients during my first 3 years. Additionally, I have worked as a university career, community-based, and school counselor.
We all stand on the shoulders of others when we reflect on our career journey. More than anyone my grandmother, Rebecca “Grace” Gillam showed me the value of education and work. In fact, she graduated from high school the same year that I graduated from college which stands as a testament to lifelong career development in the truest sense of the word. My earliest memory of work was going with her as she cleaned other people’s homes when I was only 4 or 5 years old.
In the Career Development field, Dr. Spencer “Skip” Niles is the one who saw something in me that I never saw in myself. Unasked, he nominated me for a prestigious fellowship award that allowed (some might say forced) me to study under him at Penn State University for my Ph.D. It is amazing to me that he went to such great lengths to help me know that a doctorate was something I deserved to pursue.
There are countless other influences that I don’t have space to name. I do believe that the aggregate of the 10,000+ clients and students I have worked with through the years deserve more credit for the professional I am than any individual person. If any of them read this, thank you.
Specialties, Awards, and Contributions
My scholarship focuses on career development as it impacts mental health, wellness, and school engagement. My practice is to influence the quality of career interventions that impact these three important factors with as many practitioners in as many places as I possibly can. I do this through teaching as a professor, training through the ACF21, keynote speeches, webinars, podcasts, and anything else that helps me positively impact career service professionals.
I am writing my second book and preparing a proposal for a third. My scholarly contributions include more than 30 journal articles and textbook chapters as well as dozens of columns, blogs, and professional articles. I also facilitate scholarship as Founding Editor of the Asia Pacific Career Development Journal which is published twice per year.
I have served as President of APCDA and MoCDA (Missouri), Treasurer of NCDA, and on various boards around the world. My work has been recognized with the Association of Humanistic Counseling Social Justice and Advocacy Award in 2015 and NCDA’s Merit Award this year (2020).
My desire is to strengthen the career development professional community so that we support, care for, and encourage one another to grow in our practice and service to clients. APCDA is the most exciting place for this to happen and for that I am eternally (or at least for this lifetime ;-) grateful.
By Lisa Raufman
In your own words, what made you decide to become a lifetime APCDA member:
Joining APCDA as a regular member has impacted my life so greatly. I have spent more than 10 years in the field of career development and held memberships with many leading associations around the globe. Until 2015 nothing has affected me as much as my membership with the APCDA. It is a tremendously rich, vibrant and dynamic learning platform that creates an irreplaceable opportunity of meeting people from around the world. Different cultures, work perspectives, patterns of communication and cooperation can be found within APCDA, which leads to a better insight as well as provides an opportunity to understand global trends in career guidance, career education & research.
Actually experiencing APCDA's vision of sharing career development ideas and practices in the Asia Pacific region and engaging the world about these insights helped me to initially decide to represent my native country on the Board at first, and later to consider Lifetime membership. Now, as a successor fto our association's Executive Director role, I think the decision was indeed timely; both commitment- and responsibility-wise.
Joining APCDA is a great experience of internationalization, broadening your outlook, deepening your knowledge in the field, extending horizons of your network and having an opportunity to impact on a greater scale.
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Professional influences and career philosophy:
Gyulnur Ismayil was a founding Director of Career Services with one of the leading universities in Azerbaijan, where she remained for the last 9 years with her duties evolving to include training of career professionals, career education and guidance for the students/alumni of the University. Her position also provided Gyulnur with the opportunity to work with a number of international experts and consultants in the field that helped her grow professionally in the role, as well as increased added value for the University. Since 2009, she has designed a number of career development programs to meet the needs of BA and MA students of ADA, created career counseling strategies and established well-tailored employer relations strategies to penetrate local and international labor markets. Several of those programs have been academically incorporated to meet University requirements. Additionally, Gyulnur trained a team of Career Advisors to teach a skills course on Career Development Skills & Strategies followed by a credit–bearing internship for each undergraduate student of the University. Working with her team, she established professional seminars and PD Labs based on major curriculum courses. Recently, Gyulnur and her Career Services team received a record number of alumni placements. Her current role consolidates the full scope of support services for students including career planning, student life, alumni affairs, global outreach and partnerships.
Furthermore, Gyulnur has been continuously engaged with other local universities to assist them in their efforts to establish successful career services with effective career guidance and counseling programs. Through the collaborative activities of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ministry of Education and the British Council, she delivered conference speeches and took part in discussion forums on graduate employability. Gyulnur also consulted with more than 200 students of partner universities to help them in their career choice and decision-making.
Lastly, through a number of government initiatives, Gyulnur engaged in civil servant trainings on soft and people skill areas. Within the last 4 years she personally trained more than 20 civil servants, up to 50 private sector specialists, and nearly 100 youth from other Universities and High Schools.
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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.
Why did I decide to become a Lifetime APCDA Member?
As an enthusiastic and positive global career development professional, I wanted to learn and keep myself updated about best career development practices in the Asia Pacific region. I decided to become a Lifetime Member of our Asia Pacific Career Development Association because I am a passionate learner. APCDA is a growing and progressive organization; although its focus is regional its membership is global; our Officers, Board of Directors, Committee Council, Country/Area Council, Staff, and especially our members are warm and welcoming, approachable and encouraging. Co-learning and sharing of career wisdom happens not only in person during our conferences, but also during our myriad of virtual meetings, through our newsletter issues, and wonderfully through email, LinkedIn, Facebook and other social media platforms. Because of photos available through our newsletter, Member Directory, social media accounts and recent video, I feel I know so many of our members.
I highly encourage all members and prospective members to become APCDA Lifetime Members, it will be the best nominal career investment you have ever made. It's worth repeating what our new President, Woongtae Kim, shared earlier in this newsletter issue in his Message, "I invite you to get to know me better by reviewing my APCDA Member Profile in the Members section of our website. I also ask you to review and update your profile and/or complete it so all of us can virtually build our APCDA connections. You can build your connections through our Member Directory by initiating and scheduling career conversations with like-minded progressive professionals who, like me, are here to learn, un-learn and re-learn
My journey at APCDA has been inspirational and full of learning. I highly recommend that newer members think about getting involved the way I have . . .
Volunteering for an eminent career development association demonstrates values in action. I enjoy serving with many of you now and look forward to working with more of you soon.
Education - Degrees, Certificates
I am fortunate to have personally met several distinguished career professionals and career luminaries from across the globe in my career. Each one of them has encouraged me to inspire inclusive humanity with sustained impact. My father also stands out as a great professional influence on my career. He believed in my social entrepreneurship abilities to start a pioneering career counseling, guidance and education initiative in Pakistan when it was only a dream. Now it is a reality. His wisdom when I was starting my social entrepreneurship career: "Raza I am not aware of career counseling but I can see from your passion that you really want to do this as a career. If you can take it to a level that people across the globe will acknowledge you for career counseling reforms, then do it." I replied, "thank you for the trust, I promise I will do it. In a span of a decade." I am humbled to have been able to advocate for career education in 6 continents especially in alien regions where career counseling was previously unknown. I give credit to my father's positive influence and motivation, which helped especially during times of adversity. He is an excellent example of positive role-modeling of Parental Career Guidance in Asia — a definite game-changer for children's career counseling.
As a social entrepreneur, I initiated career education as a new professional concept in Pakistan which had not been institutionalized in 72 years as a country.
I work with the following:
Having established career infrastructures from the ground up to execution in Pakistan, I am humbled to have inspired more than 100,000 lives. I am now scaling to new countries in Asia to spread the message of hope and career development towards an inclusive society. I am looking forward to continuing to present transformational keynotes and presentations on career reforms, motivation, management development and well-being.