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National Career Development Month

November is National Career Development Month!


NCDA Poster and Poetry Contest 2020

National Career Development Month is here! Join OCDA in standing out as the most creative and expressive career association by sharing your artistic or poetic talents by clicking HERE for competition information.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can enter the NCDA Poetry & Art Contest?

Every adult and student enrolled in school is eligible, as well as adult practitioners who are not enrolled in school. Content divisions include:

  • Primary – grades K-2
  • Intermediate – grades 3-5
  • Middle – grades 6-8
  • Senior – grades 9-12
  • Adult Student – ages 18 and older, enrolled in school
  • Open adult – ages 18 and older, not enrolled in school


What is this year’s theme?

You are designing a piece of one-page art (created digitally or scanned) or a poem—both virtually submitted as a 8.5” x 11”.pdf, .jpeg or .png file—to the following theme: “My Future Career – Imagine the Possibilities.”


When is my entry due, and where do I submit my entry?

The deadline to submit your entry to OCDA is Monday, December 14 by 11:59:59PM EST. Click on the Submission Form to submit your poster or poem.


What happens if I win?

THERE ARE PRIZES!!! OCDA is providing the following prizes this year:

  • First place - $125
  • Second place - $100
  • Third place - $75


First- through third-place winners’ entries will be sent to the national level for the possibility to win a national award and to be put on display to professionals excited about creativity and careers! We will also be doing a People’s Choice Award through OCDA social media for you to view the work and vote for your favorite to earn a certificate. Winners will also have the opportunity to attend the OCDA Annual Conference in May 2021 for free. For more information, contact Evan Faidley at efaidley@kent.edu

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National Career Develop Month 2020 Events: Registration Now Open!

Learn more about our National Career Development Month events and register online at https://ocdaonline.org/events. 

Attend Free Trainings (CEU Eligible) for the Month of November

OCDA is offering two, free professional development trainings for the month of November; both of these trainings are CEU eligible (1 each) for members approved by the Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapy Board.

  • Monday, November 16th from 6pm-7pm (Virtual): Engaging Graduate Students on Career Management with Evan Faidley, M.Ed., M.A.
  • Thursday, November 19th from 12pm-1pm (Virtual):  Designing Mentorship Programs that Incorporate Career Readiness and Self-Efficacy with Taylor Slocum, MSEd., LPC, CPRW

Network with Other Members - November Coffee Chats

Network virtually with other members during NCDA Month. OCDA will be hosting three Coffee Chats. These meetings are FREE to members and are a wonderful opportunity to meet other members and discuss career related topics!

Dates and Topics:

  • Thursday, November 12th from 4pm-5pm:  Advising and Community Engagement/Involvement (e.g., employers)
  • Wednesday, November 18th from 5pm-6pm: Advising and Career Programming
  • Monday, November 30 from 12pm-1pm: Programming and Special Populations



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