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Graduate Enrollments and Degrees: The Recession's Silver Lining
A September report of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) indicates that graduate school applications, enrollments, and degrees-awarded have burgeoned since the nation went into an economic recession. The news was hardly unexpected as previous economic downturns have had similar impact. The CGS report shows an 8.3% increase in overall applications from the 2008 to 2009 academic years. In the preceding 5 years, annual increases hovered around 1%.
Recent college graduates have been hard hit by the recession and many have elected to "ride out" the recession by studying and earning their graduate degrees instead of waiting tables, stocking shelves, or facing unemployment. Grad school appears to be the brighter option, one that will also allow the student additional time to map out a job-seeking strategy for a challenging job market.
The study revealed a number of interesting findings, including:
If the CGS report results are taken in a positive vein, there is a "silver lining" in the clouds created by the economic recession.
Grad Student to Faculty Member: What Surprises New Faculty the Most?
For doctoral students and new professionals interested in college teaching, the "Career Talk" column in a recent The Chronicle of Higher Education offers some interesting thoughts about the transition to the collegiate classroom. The article presents responses of four new college instructors. The impressions of these new college teachers on such issues as student attitudes, research support, service experiences and other issues, as well as the commentary offered by the authors, is very insightful.
ACA New Orleans Conference Offers Student and New Professional Programming
Continuing a tradition started in 2007, the ACA Conference & Exposition, March 23-27, 2011 in New Orleans, will present a series of popular sessions for counseling students and new professionals. The For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only series includes the following topics and presenters:
In addition, the ACA Conference offers the opportunity to network with close to 4,000 counselors (including as many as 1,000 students). The Career Center will offer live interviews with employers as well as: Career Consults, Job Boards, Resume Critiques, and Mock Interviews. Private Practice Consults will also be available with our clinician experts at the Career Center. Look for information regarding schedules for the Career Center in December.
Free 3-Night Lodging in ACA Hotel! Register by November 30, 2010 and you will automatically be entered into a drawing for a free 3-night stay during the conference. Already registered? Then you are automatically entered! Must be full conference registration.
Don't delay—you may be the lucky winner!
Sign of the Times: The Bookless Library, Personal Librarian
You've no doubt heard of the "paperless office," but are you ready for the "bookless library?" A recent story in InsideHigherEd online news reported that libraries at University of Texas at San Antonio, University of California at Merced, Stanford University, and other libraries, have made or are in the process of making their entire onsite collections available electronically only. While the initial examples are departmental libraries (i.e., science and technology), can the full college library of the future be far from going totally digital?
A related change in the way libraries conduct their business is occurring at Drexel University where freshman students are being introduced to the concept of having their own personal librarian. The Drexel objective is to have students coached in the most effective electronic research techniques required for their study and to provide them with the personal support of a professional librarian when needed.
Corey and Gladding Books Guide Those Entering the Profession
Students and counselors entering the profession have found the writings of Gerald Corey and Sam Gladding especially helpful as they transition from the classroom to the workplace. Two new books by these distinguished counseling professionals are popular choices.
Creating Your Professional Path: Lessons From My Journey
In this inspirational book for graduate students and new counselors, Corey writes about personal and professional experiences throughout his 50-year career as a counselor, teacher, counselor educator, supervisor, and writer. He shares recommendations and lessons he has learned–and is still learning–as a way to mentor other professionals and to promote self-reflection about creating one's own professional path. In addition, 18 graduate students and new professionals share stories from their journeys, describe challenges they have faced, discuss what was helpful to them in pursuing their career path, and provide recommendations for getting the most from educational experiences.
Topics covered include Corey's reflections on and turning points in his journey, how he developed his approach to counseling and group work, the counselor as a person and as a professional, the benefits of being mentored and mentoring others, becoming an ethical counselor, choosing a career path, professional writing, and self-care.
2010 | 232 pgs
Becoming a Counselor: The Light, the Bright, and the Serious
This fascinating book provides insight into the turning points that influence professional growth and development as a counselor. Through the use of memorable and often humorous autobiographical vignettes, Gladding shares his experiences as one of the field's most beloved and respected leaders. His personal experiences reflect universal themes in becoming a helping professional, and both novice and seasoned counselors will benefit from his knowledge, skill, and the wisdom drawn from more than 30 years in the profession.
Topics addressed include personal growth; finding what works and learning from failure; basic skills and counseling processes; creativity in counseling; multicultural and spiritual considerations; the influences of colleagues, friends, and family; working with groups and families; professional development; leadership; and termination. Each section of the book contains "Points to Ponder" to facilitate classroom discussion and personal reflection. Published by the ACA Foundation
2009 | 336 pgs
Fast Fact: One in Four LGBT Students, Faculty, and Staff Harassed
Approximately one in four students, faculty, and staff who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) experiences harassment and discomfort on their college campus, according to a first-ever national survey released this month by the Q Research Institute for Higher Education. More than 5,000 people—most of whom are identified as LGBT— from 100 institutions across the nation participated in "The 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People" study.
About 25% of those who identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and more than 33% of those who identified as transgender and "gender non conforming," reported that they have experienced harassment on their college campuses, compared to 12% of those who identified as heterosexual.
my.counseling.org Blog Becoming Popular with Students and New Professionals
A blog is an interactive website offering regular entries of commentary, news, or information– an Internet diary of sorts—constructed around a theme or area of interest. Blogs allow visitors to comment and exchange ideas and opinions on the issue being addressed. In the short time it has been in existence, the popular ACA blog has become all those things and more.
Many seasoned counselors with lessons to share write for the blog project, although an equal number of students and counselors new to the profession are prolific bloggers. Recent entries at
Want to be an ACA blogger? Periodically, new bloggers are added and Rebecca Daniel-Burke is the ACA staff member to contact to express your interest. Begin by submitting your resume to her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will contact you to discuss your participation. You must be willing to commit to 12 blogs in 12 weeks on some aspect of counseling and then one a month to remain active in the blog initiative.
Do you need some fresh job leads? Go to the blog page at
10 Tips for Improving Professional Writing
Duke University political science department chairman Michael C. Munger, writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education, offers some valuable tips that are applicable to the new professional counselor or counseling student interested in preparing papers either for professional publication or personal scholarship. His "10 Tips on How to Write Less Badly"are:
Munger postulates that "if you have trouble writing, then you just haven't written enough." See the Chronicle article for more on the tips.
Quotable Quotes of Notable People: JFK on Leadership and Learning
"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) from a speech prepared for delivery in Dallas, TX on the day of his assassination, November 22, 1963.
On the Lighter Side: Resume Mistakes That Will Kill Your Job Application
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Resources for Graduate Students
Graduate students are often curious about the availability of scholarships, fellowships, and grants from federal agencies. At
The Council of Graduate Schools has prepared a number of resources for individuals considering post-baccalaureate education, including a guide to fellowships and financial aid and guide to the value of the master's and doctoral degrees. The downloadable resources can be found at the CGS website.
Liability Insurance Available to ACA Master's Level Student Members
ACA student membership now includes liability insurance when you are enrolled and engaged in a master's degree counseling curriculum at a post-secondary institution. Coverage is available to ACA student members solely while performing counseling services (e.g. practicum and internship) related to such curriculum.
Counselor in the White House: Interesting Internship Opportunity
The White House is currently accepting applications for its 2011 Internship Program. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today's young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and executive branch of government, and prepare them for future public service opportunities.
To qualify, applicants must be: a U.S. citizen; at least 18 years of age before the first day of the internship; enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university, or graduated the previous semester; or a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces who has served on active duty at any time over the past 2 years. Deadline for applications: February 26, 2011.
Inside JCD: Articles of Interest to Students and New Professionals in Fall Edition
Counseling students and new professionals may find the following articles in the fall edition of the ACA's Journal of Counseling & Development (JCD) of particular interest.
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