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This webinar is under the “Be Updated” webinar track, as part of the APCDA Programs Committee’s 4 webinar track series –

  • Be Updated – International and emerging career practices
  • Be Informed – Private sector and industry developments
  • Be Inspired – Stories of resilience, inspiration, innovation in career practices
  • Be Awakened – Global mindset, trends and issues

Measuring the Value of Career Services Virtual Professional Development Institute

Thu Sep 15/Fri Sep 16, 2022
Sareena Hopkins and Dr. Deirdre Pickerell

To Update Us!  International and Emerging Career Development Practices

Those working in career and employment services instinctively know their work makes a difference in the lives of their clients. The positive impacts of our work on clients often, in turn, translate into positive impacts for their families, communities, and even countries. Too often, however, funders and policy makers focus on a narrow set of outcomes that do not capture the full impact of career services and leave important client success stories untold. This session will offer practical insights and strategies for collecting, tracking, and reporting real client progress and outcomes that can inform quality service, demonstrate return on investment in career services and link quality career service to important public policy priorities.

Fees: Cost for residents of high-income countries: 20 for members, $30 for non-members, $15 students; Cost for residents of other countries: $10 for members, $15 for non-members, $7.50 students

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Sareena Hopkins, Executive Director of the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF), works in Canada and internationally to strengthen the reach and impact of career development. With her team at CCDF, she moves from ideas to action in areas of public policy, research and development, capacity building and advocacy. Sareena is on the Board of the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy and led Team Canada at the most recent International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy in Norway. In 2014, Sareena was awarded the International Gold Medal for Leadership in Career Development.

Dr. Deirdre Pickerell has over 30 years’ experience as a career development specialist, human resource professional, and adult educator. As Program Director at the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF), Deirdre works on a variety of projects geared at elevating career development practice, ensuring individuals and employers have the knowledge and supports needed to thrive in learning and work. Deirdre led Team Canada at the 7th International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy and has been honored with the Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Development and Career Counselling and BC Human Resources Management Association’s Award of Excellence.

Why Attend? To Build your Career Development, Communication, and interpersonal skills

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Design Thinking Principles for Career Development Learning

Thu July 28/Fri July 29, 2022
Susan Mate and Freda Zapasalis

To Update Us!  International and Emerging Career Development Practices

Our APCDA Guest Speakers will explore Design Thinking (DT) as a mindset, skill, and process (Wright & Wrigley, 2019). This will be done through an overview of how DT principles have been embedded in undergraduate and postgraduate career programs offered at a university in Melbourne.

Through these examples, we answer the following questions:

  • How can design principles be used to teach students about career development learning?
  • How do we incorporate design thinking with other career development theoretical frameworks?

This webinar topic will benefit career practitioners working with clients to explore careers and their decision-making through the use of 21st-century skills and character qualities such as resilience, creativity, and critical thinking (World Economic Forum, 2015).

Fees: Cost for residents of high-income countries: 20 for members, $30 for non-members, $15 students; Cost for residents of other countries: $10 for members, $15 for non-members, $7.50 students

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Susan Mate, Ph.D. is an Educator and researcher specializing in designing the employability and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) curriculum at LaTrobe University. She is an experienced educator and leader within the university sector. As a Senior Educational Developer, she is committed to evidence-informed learning and creating collaborations that enhance people’s capacity to integrate innovations. Dr. Mate holds a doctorate focusing on Learning in the Workplace and a background in career and education design. She is committed to incorporating social justice principles into her teaching and learning.

Ms. Freda Zapsalis is an experienced careers educator, having worked in various student contact, employer liaison, and academic roles in higher education.  More recently, she has designed and delivered undergraduate and postgraduate career development courses at RMIT University. Ms. Zapsalis holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Career Development and Education from RMIT University.  Currently, she is undertaking her Ph.D. at RMIT university. She is looking at the role of multi-disciplinary team projects on humanities students' exploration of career identity.

Why Attend? To Build your Career Development, Communication, and interpersonal skills.

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Sustaining Career Development: Using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Dr. Candy Ho

Inspired by the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a university career transition course introduced the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its curriculum. A natural fit between career education and the UN SDGs was discovered as students pondered three big questions: 

What is the world that I want to live in? 

What do I see are the global problems or opportunities that need our attention? 

What are my talents and experiences that may help address these problems and, in turn, improve the condition of our world?

Similarly, these questions can be – and ought to be – considered when developing programs and honing practices. Incorporating the SDGs, our work can inspire clients to assess their professional aspirations and how these aspirations can be grounded on a broader goal(s) that promotes a sustainable future for our local and global communities. This, in turn, further amplifies the impact of our work by ultimately helping clients realize their mission and purpose.

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Dr. Candy Ho, EdD CDP, is an educator and scholar specializing in teaching university transition courses; the latter explains why she weaves career development theories into all aspects of her life. In addition to educating the next generation of CDPs in Douglas College, she holds a dual appointment as the inaugural Assistant Professor, Integrative Career and Capstone Learning at the University of the Fraser Valley and as Faculty, Educational Studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Candy has also worked extensively in university student affairs in first-year experience and student transition, campus and residence life, career and volunteer services, co-operative education, and academic advising. Finally, Candy currently serves as Vice-Chair of CERIC. This Canadian charitable organization advances education and research in career counseling and career development to increase Canadians' economic and social well-being.

In attending this webinar, APCDA Professional Members can fulfil the following APCDA Career Service Competencies: Labor Market Information. Read here for more information about APCDA Career Service Competencies.

Be Awakened – Global mindset, trends and issues

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This webinar covers emerging strategies for innovative workforce programs. Pilot City’s presentation includes a dynamic, interactive panel discussion with student program alumni, teachers, industry representatives, and parents. Training a highly competitive entry-level workforce now requires career experiences in upper-middle and high school. Students prepared for relevant work experiences before college or vocational training understand the importance of work attitudes and needed skills. Today, more high school students are encouraged to show industry-related certificates in skills such as computer coding, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), User Interface Xperience (UIX), and all forms of social media.

Career professionals learn to shift from resumes to other platforms for the emerging workforce. PilotCity covers the best practices of industry projects, allowing high school students unique industry internships. Based on thousands of post-internship surveys, the benefits of workplace training and digital internships include teachers and employers using asynchronous interviews and informal applications.

Career professionals and counselors can relate the project-based learning (PBL) approach of internships and similarities to government work-based learning (WBL) programs designed for equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) goals. High school students get an edge for their future jobs and careers. Their testament to confidence-building experience shows the benefit of PilotCity strategies for all residents, companies, and communities.


In attending this webinar, APCDA Professional Members can fulfil the following APCDA Career Service Competencies: Technology in Career Services, Event / Project / Program Delivery. Read here for more information about APCDA Career Service Competencies.

Derick Lee, PilotCity - CEO & Founder, is prototyping cities of the future.  He provides innovation engines powered by education in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Vision. Derick Lee is the founder of PilotCity, a local community-based organization in San Leandro, California, designing an engine for innovation for small-to-medium-sized cities. His work centers around creating cross-sector programs in the East Bay of San Francisco that propel our towns, cities, and communities into the future. Most notably, the company is known for its regional work-based learning program where students “build projects to win internships” with employers.

Definition. A PilotCity thrives on the edge of innovation. It is a city free and open to experimentation and evolution by piloting cutting-edge projects and ideas. It requires a committed community of connected citizens building a more intelligent city for their local ecosystems.

Leadership. Derick serves as Co-Chair of the NIST Education SuperCluster of the US Department of Commerce's federal Smart City Initiative – the Global City Teams Challenge. He also served as the Co-Chair of the Alameda County Office of Education's Succeed Team in the Alignment Bay Area Initiative.

Recognition. PilotCity is also a 2018 East Bay Innovation Awardee by the East Bay Economic Development Alliance; a 2019 State of California Assemblymember Rob Bonta of 18th Assembly District Impact in Education Awardee; and has received a variety of Mayoral, City Council, and Chamber Awards for his work in his hometown of San Leandro, California.

Work Style: Happenstance. “I tell people, “I met the right people, at the right time, at the right place because I forgot my glasses one day."

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