It’s Time We Met! How Can We Help You … Help Others?
By Doug Cullen, President
More than a decade of work and the Vermont/New Hampshire Career Development Association was finally forged More than a decade of work and the Vermont/New Hampshire Career Development Association was finally forged June 2016 at the National Career Development Association’s national conference in Chicago. But how does that help you in Vermont and New Hampshire? How will joining an association that’s only a small part of a major association with international ties help your students and clients in northern New England? What do you really get from all this anyway?
These are precisely the questions you should ask yourself as you look to join any organization, work-group, association or network. If you don’t, you may be doing a disservice to your employer, your clients…and frankly, yourself! As the Vermont/New Hampshire Career Development Association embarks on a multi-year journey with you, we are very aware we need to deliver value for your dollar and the time you invest with us.
That’s why we want to start early on in discovering what professional development you need and how best do you want it delivered!
As your local association of career-focused best practices, we want to assume nothing. It’s taken too long to get here to start making assumptions about what New Englanders need to grow their own careers and support their very important work supporting others that will ultimately grow our collective economies.
So on May 12, 2017 starting at 1:30pm at the Concord, N.H. Common Man restaurant we want to start the process right at the very beginning: meeting you face-to-face and simply asking three important questions about your needs surrounding the needs of the clients you support – the people of Vermont and New Hampshire:
1. What’s your Professional Development “Wish List”? Think big!! Don’t encumber your creative juices with geographic boundaries or logistical challenges. Think outside-the-box, the way you do with your students and clients every day!
2. What’s the ONE biggest challenge you face in the services you provide? Answer this question through any lens you prefer whether that’s specific to your institution, geographic location, special population of clients or any other series of variables. We need to know from where you coming!
3. What are the THREE major issues impacting the future of the Career Development industry? Answer this question as if you were a consultant to a major corporation or government agency and needed to overview how they should react to these impacts. This meeting is really only the beginning of “our relationship” with you but it’s important we understand the needs of practitioners in Vermont and New Hampshire so we can build a professional development road-map addressing our collective desires.
From this meeting, we will look towards building a hybrid of professional development opportunities in 2017/2018 and beyond to include some combination of:
Do you want to become a member of the Vermont / New Hampshire CDA? You have two options.
1. You can join 3 associations: ACTE , NCDA and the VT/NH CDA by filing out the attached form and mailing it along with your dues to:
PO. Box 75821
Baltimore MD 21275-8621
2. You can join the VT/ NH CDA, without the other two, for $25/ year by filling out your information using the same attached form, circle the VT/NH CDA dues, and mail a check to: VT / NH CDA
23 Bay Street
Goffstown, NH 03045
If you’d like to become more involved with the VT / NH CDA or would like to become an officer, please email Squeak.firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how you’d like to be involved. We are looking for new officers for July 2017- June 2018.
"In loving memory of
Richard N. Bolles"
Richard Nelson Bolles, acclaimed author of What Color Is Your Parachute and other seminal books dealing with careers, education, work and play, passed peacefully from this world to the next on Friday, March 31st, surrounded by loving family and friends.
Born in Wisconsin, his family moved East with his father’s work for the Associated Press. Enlisting in the Navy late in World War II, he and his peers rejoiced that peace was declared shortly after their service started, certain that the threat of their presence had proven to be the final straw for the Axis and Japan. Halfway through a program at MIT for chemical engineering, he felt called to the ministry and transferred to Harvard, graduating with a degree in Physics. After attending General Theological Seminary in New York, he received a Masters Degree in New Testament Studies and was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1953.
Serving as rector for several churches in northern New Jersey, he was called to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Passaic at the time of the church’s centennial anniversary in 1959. Noted for his pioneering work with young people, his frank talks about teenage pressures, sex and drugs established his distinctive and accessible ministry. After participating in the 1963 March on Washington led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he reached out to an all-black church literally on the other side of the tracks in Passaic. He and their pastor, the Rev. Avery Johnson, then led the integration of their churches, despite often-bitter and contentious reactions from some parishioners.
In 1966 after speaking at the College of Preachers in Washington, DC he was offered the position as Canon Pastor at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Moving with his family across the country that Spring, he served as the congregation’s primary pastoral contact. Caught in a political budgetary struggle, his position was eliminated in 1968 and he began work with United Ministries in Higher Education, overseeing campus ministers in the seven Western states, Alaska and Hawaii. In those socially fractious times a number of ministers were leaving their churches, most without any safety net or support. Out of that experience was born the concept of What Color Is Your Parachute, an imaginative extension and re-thinking of some career decision tools available at the time. Bolles’ gift for re-visioning how to apply those tools, along with the creation of new ones, set Parachute apart from other works. Self-publishing the book in 1970, selling it out of his tiny apartment in San Francisco, it caught the eye of the publisher of Ten Speed Press in Berkeley, known at the time for one book dealing with bicycle repair. The rest, as they say, is publishing history: it has been revised annually every year, has sold well over ten million copies, and is available in more than twenty-two languages. Among numerous awards, one he was especially proud of was the US Library of Congress’ designation of Parachute as one of ‘the twenty-five books that have shaped people’s lives.’
Bolles travelled the country, training thousands of job-seekers, career changers and industry professionals. His perspective on healthy living led to the writing of The Three Boxes of Life and How to Get Out of Them, an attempt to address the compartmentalization of education, work and play. His orientation toward matters of the spirit began to infuse his writing more and more over the years. Two quotes from his favorite theologian, Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) capture central elements of the perspective Dick Bolles brought to life and his work.
“Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks!” (Going Up To Jerusalem, 1886)
“Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully.” (Quoted in Primary Education, by Elizabeth Peabody, 1916)
When his family was young, he designed a camper top and various extensions of the family’s 1960 Plymouth station wagon, later discovering his grandfather had done exactly the same thing decades earlier. They travelled the country most summers, camping and reveling in our country’s natural beauty.Arrangements are pending.