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Making a difference
The CDAA National Career Conference in Adelaide, 7-9 April 2010 is not an environmental conference but a career development conference with a conscience.
The 19th annual conference for the Career Development Association of Australia focuses on how career practitioners could be making a difference to the world they live in as well as the world future generations will experience. Keynotes and guest speakers will provide insights into current career development theory and practices and workshop presentations will explore processes and strategies but they will relate these to the environment in which they will be applied. This conference will enable delegates to develop new skills and consider new insights as well as refine existing knowledge and hone existing skills.
The theme ‘greening career development’ was chosen to illustrate that it is possible to promote sustainability, environmental consciousness and the triple bottom line both individually within your own practice and also in the scope of your work with clients.
Topics such as using , IT, web, wiki , web2.0, phone counselling and virtual exchanges of documents within the delivery of services can be viewed as considering the environmental costs of particular methods and increased use of carbon neutral or reduced carbon costs processes.
The term green jobs is being used increasingly in describing existing jobs in sectors such as renewable energy, buildings and construction, transportation, agriculture and forestry and it is expected that larger numbers of green jobs across more sectors of the economy will be created and the pace of this creation will increase. There will be changes in jobs as resource use changes and some jobs may disappear without replacement, and many existing jobs will be transformed as tools, processes and the products and services change. How can and should we skill our clients to deal with these changes? What are some of the implications?
With this greater emphasis on the environment and choice of practices and jobs which minimise environmental harm individuals could also consider how green their career has been and could become by making some different choices. How effectively do they balance their work and other aspects so their life, how does their work affect the triple bottom line – integration of environmental economic and social issues.. Is there a way of following a sustainable way of life that promotes health, economic security and social justice?
We have invited presenters to take up the challenge of reconceptualising their work in relation to the theme and to consider how they could contribute to other career practitioners ‘greening their career development’.