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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Reinersman

APPS and the Career Counselor

Updated: May 27, 2020

Options for managing one’s career continue to grow in correlation to technology.  If a client is not keeping up, will you, the counselor, be able to bring the client up-to-date? ~ David M. Reile, Ph.D.

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FOCUS ON: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

Not that you are an old dog, but we counselors do get stuck in our ways. If you are slower to move into the digital world or just scared of apps, start now to prepare yourself to learn new tricks. This blog from Dynamic Computing acknowledges the comfort of old habits, yet offers strong motivation for trying something new. Additionally, it focuses on note-taking, and what career counselor doesn’t benefit from better note-taking?

YOUR LIBRARY: Free Is Good, Especially For Students***

Are you using apps to keep organized, track the trends, and be a team player? More important, are you suggesting your clients use these apps? Precisely how up-to-date is your mobile library? If you need a quick overview of the best free apps that are useful to all employees (especially interns who want to appear savvy), check out this list from YouTern. When you are ready to advance your career, try using these mobile apps.

***Readers, please submit your mobile library recommendations to Career Insights by emailing one of the editors. The goal is to provide options to clients who may benefit from additional knowledge or assistance outside of the consulting sessions.

FOR PRACTITIONERS: Helping Clients Find Mobile Application Jobs

Your client wants to be a mobile developer. A what? Yes, you could look in the OOH from the BLS and find “software developer” or “network administrator”. Or you could search the online job ads and find out what employers are seeking. One key criteria is listed as “Strong desire to solve complex business problems, build and implement solutions”. Help your client learn about becoming an app developer.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: Helping Conference Attendees Make the Most of Their Time on Site

Not surprisingly, conference attendees can become overwhelmed with the choices of activities at professional development events. Sometimes just navigating the venue causes a loss of precious participation time. Now, many conference planners are offering mobile apps, such as Event Mobi, Crescerance  or Crowd Compass, to assist attendees with logistics. The National Career Development Association will debut its conference app  at the 2014 Global Career Development Conference in June. Will the phone-book sized program book finally be replaced?

TOP TEN: Apps Everyone Has…Well, Almost

Sure you know about Netflix, and you’ve heard of Instagram, so what are the other apps that are most widely used? Don’t let your clients shock you with apps you’ve never heard of – check this list out now!


Science and technology multiply around us. To an increasing extent they dictate the languages in which we speak and think. Either we use those languages, or we remain mute. - J. G. Ballard
Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them. - Steve Jobs
Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other. - Bill Gates


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