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Five Steps of Proactive Career Development

My College Planning Team's Academic  team member, Donna Sandberg, outlines the Five Steps of Proactive Career Development created by the Illinois Career Development Association (ICDA).   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2An5u0x6Ac   Need Help With the Choosing a Career or the College Admissions Process? My College Planning Team's Academic Team can assist your student with all aspects of the college search, application and selection process, including choosing a career. Contact Stephanie Kennedy for more information or click here to schedule a free consultation. Donna Sandberg, M.S., NCC, MCC, LCPC,…

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Networking: Step 4 of Proactive Career Development

This is the fifth in my series of blog posts on the Five Steps of Proactive Career Development created by the Illinois Career Development Association (ICDA) Step 4.  Network in person and via social media throughout your career. Networking! Networking! Networking!  Enough already, you might be thinking to yourself. Perhaps you’re tired of hearing people tell you that you need to be networking or you’re afraid to force yourself to reach out to and interact with people you don’t know.  And,…

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Discovery: Proactive Career Focus

This is the fourth in my series on the Five Steps of Proactive Career Development created by the Illinois Career Development Association (ICDA) Step 3 of 5 Steps of Proactive Career Development: Develop and sustain a clear career focus or mission for your life’s work and re-evaluate regularly. Remember Alice in Wonderland? What often comes to mind as I consider career development focus is the exchange between Alice and the Cheshire Cat in Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland. Here is an…

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5 Steps of Proactive Career Development – Step 2

This is the third in my series of blog posts on the Five Steps of Proactive Career Development created by the Illinois Career Development Association (ICDA) Step 2. Gather and maintain current, accurate and comprehensive information about your chosen field Information. INFORMATION! I N F O R M A T I O N !!! Have you ever been overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information you’ve gathered on a subject and at the same time still feel the need to…

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5 Steps of Proactive Career Development – Step 1.

My June 4, 2014, blog introduced the Five Steps of Proactive Career Development created by the Illinois Career Development Association (ICDA). Here is the first step in a bit more detail. Step 1.  Assess your interests, personality type, generic and transferable skills and values. This step is, indeed, both the best place to begin and return to any time there is a major change in your life, especially any time you find yourself at another career decision-making fork in the…

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5 Steps to Proactive Career Development

It’s never too early to consider viewing college decisions as they relate to career development.  In fact, as a career counselor, I prefer to look beyond any current career decision fork in the road to consider the impact of an immediate choice on a total lifework experience that one will produce over one’s lifetime. Decisions Can Be Overwhelming Thinking beyond the immediate decision to its long-term impact can have two completely opposite effects. On one hand, realizing that your immediate…

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