Celebrate National Career Development Month!

National Career Development Week 2017: November 13-17, 2017
National Career Development Day 2017:
November 15, 2017

Each year, the National Career Development Association hosts National Career Development Month in November. During NCD Month, each state is encouraged to promote career related activities and events through the state divisions. The Ohio Career Development Association (OCDA) invites you to celebrate with us this year!

This year is is the 52nd Annual Poetry & Poster contest, “​Leading the Way to a Future Full of Possibilities”

Click here to find more information about NCD Month and to view the 2017 Entry Form and Details


 Last year was the 51st Annual Poetry & Poster contest

Click here to see the list of winners from the 2014 Poetry and Poster Contest!


There are many ways to get involved and spread the word:

1. Promote career development activities in your everyday work with students and clients.

Here are a few examples of what you can do to promote National Career Development Month:

K-12 Ideas:

  • Have students draw pictures of careers they see people doing in their everyday lives
  • Read career focused books during story time
  • Have students create a career family tree
  • Highlight a different career pathway each week
  • Prepare classroom guidance lessons on career awareness, decision making, research, etc.
  • Arrange a job shadowing day or a career assembly with community members

Higher Education Ideas:

  • Host a career fair with local employers
  • Host a Dress for Success event or an Etiquette Dinner
  • Help students set-up informational interviews to explore careers paths more in-depth
  • Encourage faculty to host classroom presentations on career content like choosing a major or resume writing

Community Outreach Ideas:

  • Provide free workshops to community members on resume writing and the job search
  • Encourage clients to join LinkedIn and start building their network
  • Host a networking reception for a specific career industry
  • Write a career article for the local newspaper

Click here for more ideas

2. Promote the annual Poetry and Poster Contest sponsored by the National Career Development Association. NCDA coined 52nd Poetry and Poster Contest theme as “​​Leading the Way to a Future Full of Possibilities

***Each entry should celebrate and inspire career development with a positive tone while emphasizing the national theme.

Contest Division Areas:

Primary Grades: K – 2
Intermediate Grades: 3 – 5
Middle Grades: 6 – 8
Senior Grades: 9 – 12
Adult Student: 18 and older enrolled in school
Open Adult: 18 and older not enrolled in school (teachers, parents, professionals…)