February 2014 - Becky Washington

1. Why have you chosen to join and stay involved in OCDA?

The professional development is excellent.  Every industry presentation has been very valuable.  I love the PDI’s and I’ll never forget Mark Savickas.

2. What do you most enjoy about career development work?

The best part is helping someone who is floundering to get on track.

3. Tell us about your organization and practice.

Working in a community college provides an opportunity to meet many different people in many different career situations.  I work with career counselors and employment specialists, as well as resource specialists assigned to special programs.  Students have a range of services available.  My practice focuses on labor market information, career development planning and job search strategy.   My guest lectures include  "Brand or Be Branded: Social Media for Job Search", "Labor Market", "Resume" and "Interviewing."  My one-on-one practice revolves around strategy and résumé writing.

I am hungry for information about the labor market and employment trends. I pay attention to issues around the impact of technology on jobs, social media for job search, professional development and career paths.  Coming changes in technology are likely to radically change jobs.  As the labor market evolves, I hope career professionals engage in the larger cultural conversation about the role of workers in society.

4. If you had to pick one favorite tool or resource you use regularly in your work with clients, what would it be and why?

I regularly reach for the Portland Business Journal’s Book of Lists, which lists top companies in many categories.  It helps get clients focused on the local labor market and researching and preparing in specific ways.  Specific targeting informs job search strategy, LinkedIn strategy, trade associations and meet-ups for career development.

5. What's one interesting thing most people don't know about you? 

Food cooked over a campfire always tastes better.

Oregon Career Development Association

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