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  • 23 Jan 2021 3:11 PM | Anonymous

    Call For Proposals


    The OCDA Conference will take place on Friday, June 4th, 2021! 

    The deadline to submit a proposal is February 1st, 2021. 

    The theme for this year's conference is Confidently Committed to Change. While so many of our services had to change to better support our client and/or student populations in today's world, we have found better ways of doing certain things. What have you learned throughout this year? What kinds of things worked so well, that you will continue those practices? Please note that your conference presentation proposal does not have to fit the theme to be submitted! We welcome any and all proposals. 

    If you have a conference presentation proposal, please take a few moments to complete this registration form. The deadline for proposal submissions is Monday, February 1st. Presenters will be selected by our Conference Planning Committee and notified by February 22nd.

    If you have any questions, please email ohiocda@gmail.com.

  • 5 Jan 2021 10:04 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to our Winners of the NCD Poetry and Art Contest!

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    First Place Winner:

    Name: Alyssa Boyd

    Age: 16

    School(s): Westerville Central High School and Columbus State Community College

    Education: current junior in high school and College Credit Plus student

     Current work and career goal(s): I would like to attend medical school and become a physician.



    Second Place Winner:

    Name: Alyce Davis

    Age: 20

    School: Franciscan University of Steubenville

    Current work and career goal(s): currently getting a bachelors in Theological Studies. Artist on the side. 



    Third Place Winner:

    Name: Kate Dotterer

    Age: 18

    School: University of Akron

    Current work and career goal(s): I am an AYA Integrated Mathematic Major and my career goals are to teach math abroad in South or Central America.


  • 16 Dec 2020 1:19 PM | Anonymous

    The OCDA Conference will be held on Friday, June 4th, 2021. The theme for this year's conference is Confidently Committed to Change. Change is inherent in career development, whether it's career trajectory, trends, resources, services, etc. As we support others and each other during this time of life-career transition, we would love to hear about your proposal that focuses on change. Any and all proposals are welcome!

    If you have a conference presentation proposal, please take a few moments to complete this form: https://hiram.wufoo.com/forms/mhbybke1rr2zy2/. The deadline for proposals is end of the day on February 1. Presenters will be selected by the Conference Planning Committee and notified on February 22nd. You do not have to be a current OCDA member to submit a proposal.

  • 11 Dec 2020 5:25 PM | Anonymous

    NCDA Poster and Poetry Contest 2020- Entries due Monday, December 14th 2020 at 11:59pm

    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.


  • 22 Nov 2020 7:14 PM | Anonymous

    Sign up today for OCDA's first ever Book Club! We will be reading "Friend of a Friend...: Understanding the Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life and Career" by David Burkus. You can find this book at your local library, on Kindle, and more! The Book Club has set virtual meeting dates every three weeks, wherein which specific chapters of the book will be discussed. The meetings will take place via Zoom, and those who sign up will receive the meeting link as each event date approaches. The Book Club meetings will take place from 11:30am-12:30pm on the following dates:

    Tuesday, December 1st

    Tuesday, December 29th

    Tuesday, January 19th

    Tuesday, February 9th

    Tuesday, March 2nd

    Tuesday, March 23rd

     Click here to sign up for the Book Club. The deadline to register is December 1st 2020.

    ** This Book Club is for BOTH members and non-members of OCDA, so please feel free to share this Book Club information with other career professionals! **


  • 11 Nov 2020 4:27 PM | Anonymous

    SIGN UP TODAY for the Maine CDA's Fall Workshop "Life Design for Navigating Change: Re-Imagining the Career Experience in a Post COVID-19 World." OCDA members will receive a promotional rate of $25 when signing up for this workshop. See below for more details!

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    Life Design for Navigating Change: Re-Imagining the Career Experience in a Post COVID-19 World 

     Maine Career Development Association's Fall Workshop, with the theme of  “Life Design for Navigating Change: Re-Imagining the Career Experience in a Post COVID-19 World” will be delivered virtually on Friday, November 13th.  Our keynote speaker and facilitator, Dr. Farouk Dey, is the Vice Provost for Integrative Learning and Life Design at Johns Hopkins University.

    Description: Join us to learn about future trends in higher education and the world of work, how people and organizations can leverage the current context to design new pathways, and inequities in life and career outcomes for underrepresented minorities largely due to the transactional systems in higher education and talent acquisition.

    MCDA Fall Workshop, 4 CEUs
    Friday, November 13th, 2020
    Virtual via Zoom
    8:30am-12:30pm
    Member: $25, Non-Member: $35, State CDA Member (all states): $25, Graduate Student: $15

    Registration Link: https://www.maine-cda.org/event-3909501


    MCDA Fall Workshop November.pdf


  • 4 Nov 2020 7:59 PM | Anonymous

    Did you know that November is National Career Development Month? Join OCDA for several exciting events throughout the month! We are hosting two CEU eligible trainings and three Coffee Chats. See the schedule of events here:


    To learn more about these events and the NCDA Poster and Poetry Contest, check out our National Career Development Month page found at this link!

    If you are interested in registering to attend any of these events, you can click on the event links on the homepage of the website or find the full list of events and their descriptions at this link!

  • 26 Apr 2020 6:14 PM | Anonymous


    Challenge accepted - we're taking the OCDA Annual Conference online! We're also making it FREE for OCDA members to attend! 

    Join us on Friday, May 29th to participate in interactive sessions about topics including: 

    Applying design theory to career development

    Rethinking the career planning model

    Artificial intelligence + the workforce

    Reaching new audiences through podcasting

    Check out the full agenda here. This year's conference is approved for 4.5 CEUs from the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board. 

    Visit www.ocda2020.com for more details and to register! Registration is required by Monday, May 25th. 

    *If you have already registered and paid for the conference when it was planned to be in-person, we will be in touch about providing refunds/adjustments for registration fees.


  • 24 Mar 2020 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    REGISTER TODAY: Coffee Chat

    Due to the success of our previous virtual "Coffee Chat," OCDA will be hosting another virtual Coffee Chat on Thursday, April 2nd from 3:30pm-5pm! The topic for this chat will be "Creative Strategies to Engage College Students Remotely." The virtual discussion will be held via Zoom! All meeting information will be send out and posted on the website on Wednesday, April 1st.

    This is an informal virtual discussion, where you can share your own experiences and hear from others! Please register by following this link: https://ocda21.wildapricot.org/event-3797806.

    Be sure to bring a friend and pass this invitation along to other career services professionals! Membership in OCDA is NOT required to participate in the virtual Coffee Chat!

  • 23 Feb 2020 10:50 AM | Anonymous

    If you are a member of OCDA, be sure to check out the newly updated Career Planning Academy tab on our website! CEUonestop.com has transitioned to a new learning management platform, and members-only discounts are being offered for those looking to obtain CEUs.

    **You will only be able to view this tab if you are logged in to your OCDA member account.**


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