Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Come on over and participate in our discussions!
Now DeeAnna Merz Nagel of the American Counseling Association asks, “Is it okay to ‘Google’ your client?” Patti and Ken have told us that Google won’t dredge up all the information about a client but, should you be looking at all? What do you think?
PS: Thanks to @KateAnthony
Thursday, June 25, 2009
To save time, I'm reproducing the message from Techsoup here. If your agency wants to take advantage of any of these offers you have until 30 June to do so.
Thank you, Carole!
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Monday, June 22, 2009
I found this little beauty today in a recent issue of The Journal of Career Assessment (more precise information below).
The Happenstance Learning Theory
Stanford University, firstname.lastname@example.orgWhat-you-should-be-when-you-grow-up need not and should not be planned in advance. Instead career counselors should teach their clients the importance of engaging in a variety of interesting and beneficial activities, ascertaining their reactions, remaining alert to alternative opportunities, and learning skills for succeeding in each new activity. Four propositions: (1) The goal of career counseling is to help clients learn to take actions to achieve more satisfying career and personal lives—not to make a single career decision. (2) Assessments are used to stimulate learning, not to match personal characteristics with occupational characteristics. (3) Clients learn to engage in exploratory actions as a way of generating beneficial unplanned events. (4) The success of counseling is assessed by what the client accomplishes in the real world outside the counseling session.
Journal of Career Assessment, Vol. 17, No. 2, 135-154 (2009)
The news feed is http://jca.sagepub.com/rss/current.xml. A closely related journal is The Journal of Career Development whose news feed is http://jcd.sagepub.com/rss/recent.xml.
To get news items like these delivered automatically to your desktop I suggest that you use FeedDemon which you can obtain at no cost (for Windows) here. Install FeedDemon then click on the news feed links above to subscribe to them. Once you have got your feet wet with news feeds I think you will be amazed at what is available and that it turns up without your having to go after it.
By the way, the above journals, and many other useful and/or entertaining items, can be found easily by doing a search of feedmil.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Take advantage of this great free online learning opportunity. Available all this weekend.
Carole is exactly right incidentally.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
I am speaking of the benefits of portfolios. More and more people are now putting them on the net where they are easy to access and don't have to be carried around.
A new product has emerged called jQuery that makes creating galleries of images startlingly easy for anyone with even limited skills in creating web pages. The image in this blog posting is not "live". However, if it were you could:
- click on either of the arrows at the ends of the display to expose different image thumbnails
- click on one of the thumbnail images to open a larger version of the image
- hover over the larger version of the image to expose text describing the image.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
We are now being inundated with data. Much of it might be useful. Lots of it is not. Much of it is like the iron in iron ore. It needs extracting. Much of this data is buried in web pages or other places which were never intended to be "mined" for information.
To be a data scientist you need to be part statistician to be able to make sense of data in the traditional ways based on probabilistic models. You need to be good at extracting data from a host of different kinds of sources, including databases, web pages, maps and other graphical entities and natural language, both recorded, and visual or spoken. You need to be able to present the meaning of what you have extracted visually for best comprehension by other members of your species.
Of course, no-one can master all of these techniques, even now. Data scientists will specialise in some of these and be able to communicate with other specialists as well as with people who need the visual information that they are creating.
For a sample of one visualisation technique here is what Jeff Clarke of Neoinformix in Toronto is doing with StreamGraph. Modern browsers (which leaves out Internet Explorer) also make it possible to produce graphs directly in the browser window; see the InfoVis Toolkit, for example.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
You can hear Ms Ladd and watch her PowerPoint slides as if you were in a conference room with her. In addition you can read comments and questions from the individuals who were attending this webinar when it was recorded. (Darn nice software.)
My thanks are due to Shane Bennett of Toronto (@shanebe) for mentioning this on Twitter.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Let me also thank Patti Stirling (again) and Ken Walker for the opportunity to speak about this blog to about half of the group at the conference.
To those who were present for Patti and Ken's presentation, here's a sample of what I found waiting for me on Twitter this morning that might be of some value to you:
Embracing new media in your job search
Getting Started with Social Networking
The trick is to choose (and dump) other twitterers mindfully so you don't get overwhelmed.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Fortunately this has been much more than offset by the number of gems that I have also learned about. In a second or two—depending on how quickly you read—I will mention how I have got them. First a couple of the items that I regard as genuine sparklers:
- Here's a page from the blog that Tracy Bussoli publishes. This particular blog item describes a set of volumes of advice for certain university graduates. There is also a big collection of sources for PhDs and post-docs looking for jobs. Other stuff too.
- The page by Lawrence Wilson is, to me, a very useful way of looking at the marketing materials that job seekers should prepare, for what Wilson calls their “campaigns”. I would like to come back to this topic on this blog later.
- for search terms
"career development" OR "career counselling" OR "employment counselling"
- for type
Comprehensive, or you might prefer Blog
- how often
Daily, or whatever you prefer
- an email address
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
spelling, right? The problem with this, though, at least amongst us Canadian English-speakers, is that we have been trying to read the French sides of cereal boxes from early childhood and that word just looks kinda naked spelled like this.
So for years I wrote rezoomay as résumé and felt a lot better about it.
Then for some reason I became a little self-conscious about this. It might have been because I was seeing both résumé and resumé in other people's stuff. I decided that two accented characters in a single word must be overkill.
So I started spelling rezoomay as resumé. But my old confidence was now gone.
Isn't it extremely annoying to get advice about your own language presented in another language? Well, that's how I feel anyway. Here's what Wiktionnaire says: "Mots de la langue anglaise comportant des diacritiques, ce qui est inhabituel." (English words don't usually have accented characters.) Or, in our case, rezoomay needs no accents!
Fine, but what should we tell all of the eccentrics in English Canada who insist on using them?
The answer is ... if you really must put French accents in words then the spelling is résumé! (Don't believe me? Just follow the link to check the French Wiktionary.)
PS: What about the other spelling variations? Wiktionnaire wonders aloud about where they came from: "Si vous connaissez l’étymologie manquante de ce mot, merci de l’ conformément aux instructions décrites ici." (If you know the missing etymology for this word please add it, according to the instructions provided here.)
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
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Monday, June 1, 2009
This is what you get from Wiki Mind Map when you ask it to map 'career development' from the English version of Wikipedia. The article is pretty limited. Many significant individuals in the field are unmentioned. Almost nothing is said about approaches, theories, training, and so on. Overall, there are few connections with sources which relate to occupational classifications or other areas of wikipedia itself. In fact the article seems to be slanted towards one particular sense of meaning of the title term.
Undiscouraged, however, and with a new toy to play with, I decided to poke around. The double green arrows represent topics that can be made the foci, or centres, of new mind maps. I picked on the double arrow for 'career'. This time the Wiki Mind Map provided me with links that included those labelled 'Career Assessments', 'Career Counseling' and 'Career Counselors'.
At this point in time, when you follow the link for Career Counselor you are re-directed to the article entitled Employment Counselor, whose first sentence in the article states, "An employment counsellor, also known as a career development professional, advises, coaches, provides information to, and supports people who are planning, seeking and managing their life/work direction." In other words, although many of us in this occupational category would consider career counselling and employment counselling to be somewhat different occupations wikipedia lumps them together. Considering that I have yet to explore the treatment of the term "job developer" in wikipedia, assuming that it is mentioned at all, it appears to me that this collection of related articles is due for careful restructuring and improvement.
But the Wiki Mind Map itself is great, right?