**Due to the concerns surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Illinois Career Development Association (ICDA) Leadership has decided to postpone the 2020 Annual Spring Conference. All updates will be posted online and sent to the membership. Thank you.**
Annual Spring Conference
ICDA Five Steps of Proactive Career Development
Friday, April 17, 2020 | 8:00am to 4:00pm
The world of work is changing at an ever-increasing pace. Our clients will need to prepare for multiple career decision-making “forks in the road” over their lifetimes. These decision-making moments will sometimes happen at the most inopportune times. Initially, ICDA created the Five Steps of Proactive Career Development to help address our purpose to promote career development to all people over the lifespan in the state of Illinois. We now offer these steps as a framework for our clients to follow in their efforts to be prepared to face those forks, whenever they may present themselves.
Step 1. Assess your interests, personality type, transferable skills and value.
Presenters - Kellee Watkins, LCSW, CCSP, GCDF is a Psychotherapist and owner, Wisdom for the Journey, LLC
Brian Pillsbury, PhD, is the Assistant Director of Career Services at Northern Illinois University
Step 2. Gather and Maintain current, accurate and comprehensive information about your chosen field.
Presenters - Katherine Males, Economist for the Economic Analysis and Information Department in the Chicago Regional Office
of the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Patricia Smolin, MLIS, Business Liaison Librarian, Schaumburg Public Library
Step 3. Develop and sustain a clear focus or mission for your life’s work and re-evaluate regularly.
Presenters - Donna Sandberg, MS, NCC, LCPC, Career Counselor and owner Career Path
Tim Olsen, MA, LPC, NBCC, is a Psychotherapist at Clinical Care Consultants and the current President of ISERVIC
Step 4. Network in person and via social media throughout your career.
Panel Moderator: Vera Rodriguez Mancera, MA, LPC is the current Illinois Career Development Association President
Panelists - Jim Fergle, Manager, Job Search and Veterans Services at workNet DuPage Career Center Panelist
Lauren Milligan, Job Search Coach and owner, ResuMayDay
Luis Fuentes, Real Estate Broker
Panel 5 | Step 5. Be a life-long learner by engaging in professional development opportunities.
Presenter - David Barreto, MA, NCC, LCPC, co-owner of Lighthouse Professional Counseling Center and an Assistant Professor/Counselor
at Waubonsee Community College
Tom Piekarczyk, MS, LCPC, Counselor, Waubonsee Community College
Conference at a glance
8:00am - Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30am - Conference Begins
11:45am - Lunch
12:45pm - Conference Resumes
4:00pm - Adjournment
Anyone may attend this conference!
ICA member - $90
ICA Student Member - $60
ICDA Division Member- $80
ICDA Division Student Member - $60
Non-Members - $100
6 CEs will be awarded for this conference.
If you wish to know more about this wonderful conference please contact Vera Rodriguez Mancera at firstname.lastname@example.org