Academic journal article Career Development Quarterly

Two Tools Shaping NCDA's Place

Academic journal article Career Development Quarterly

Two Tools Shaping NCDA's Place

Article excerpt

We are pleased to introduce the second pair of articles in the National Career Development Association (NCDA) Centennial Special Series celebrating the 100th anniversary of NCDA. In this issue, JoAnn HarrisBowlsbey reviews the development and use of computer- assisted career guidance systems, and Juliette N. Lester, James Woods, and Burton L. Carlson discuss the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (NOICC) and State Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (SOICC) networks. These articles recount two significant tools that shaped NCDA's place in supporting the discipline of career counseling and advocating for policy to support career development programs at the local, state, and national level.

We are reminded that meaningful and accurate information about self and about occupational options is central to Frank Parsons's approach to assisting individuals with making sound career decisions. However, Parsons, widely regarded as the founder of the vocational guidance movement, could not have foreseen the development of technology tools such as computers or national information systems to use when making career- related decisions. Between 1976 and 2000, theorists, thought leaders, and career counselors and specialists greatly advanced their practice, training, and collaborative partnerships because of the NOICC/SOICC networks' attributes. Computer- assisted career planning and the NOICC infrastructure advanced the scope and sophistication of rationally gathering and using information to design careers to an ultimate degree.

However, we are reminded that computers and information systems are still just tools for clients' use. The impact of Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 along the East Coast of the United States prompts us to acknowledge that modern technology is vulnerable to disruption. …

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