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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Reinersman

Future Waves: Unlocking Relevant Development

Readers of CDA Insights can look at published issues and see all the topics covered over the years. In fact, the 10th anniversary of this publication will occur in February 2023! The issues of the past two Decembers have provided thoughts on “Letting Go of the Past” and staying focused on “The Present." Naturally, the future is this month's spotlight. It could be argued that every issue is about the future – and published topics such as “Dreams” or “Optimism” concur – because that is what career development professionals aim to ameliorate. Whether the future means a number, such as 2023, a transition (e.g., a new job), or a milestone (e.g., retirement), the career development professional can benefit from knowing that CDA Insights offers a service which collates information from multiple online sources and can be the primary source of relevant information for career development professionals. ~ Melanie Reinersman,

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FOCUS ON: Future-Proofing Careers

Understanding employment trends, advanced networking options, sources for upskilling and more strategic plans are part of the career professional's toolbox now. The unpredictable world of work necessitates the need for helping clients stay vigilant, relevant and marketable. Read more about this proactive mindset in Career Convergence.

FOR PRACTITIONERS: Relevant Counseling Skills

Building relationships with clients to help them make positive changes in their future requires skill development and maintenance. Advancing counseling techniques, through a better understanding of such areas as Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Play Therapy, requires keeping up with the latest research and trends in the field. Read more about the principles and processes of being an effective counselor from High5.

JOB SEARCHING: Employment Projections 2021-2031

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the US economy is projected to add 8.3 million jobs from 2021 to 2031. The healthcare and social assistance sector is projected to add about 2.6 million jobs from 2021 to 2031, the most of any sector. Demand for professional/business services is expected to increase, driven by the need for technical expertise. Personal care and service occupations as well as food preparation and serving related occupations are projected to be the third and fourth fastest growing occupational groups, respectively. These projections are the basis of the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), available online at Read the full employment projection summary here.

YOUR LIBRARY: Podcasts on the Future

Take on Tomorrow is the regular podcast from PwC's management publication strategy and business. Episodes cover such topics as “What’s the future of worker empowerment?” and “How can we ensure the workers of tomorrow get the skills they need today?” Listen to learn more about the changes in the work world and learning to thrive from experts.

TOP TEN: Future Leader Associations

Because professional organizations provide career information related to their field, it is helpful to look at these websites as a source about the future. The following are just ten organizations that career professionals may wish to introduce their clients to.

1. FMI | Future Leaders -

Industry: food

Industry: aging industry professionals

Industry: healthcare

4. Future Leaders Program - WVNG - National Guard

Industry: military

Industry: Mortgage Bankers

6. Future Leaders Program -

Industry: Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars

Industry: agriculture 8. Future Leaders Experience - Arthur W. Page Society

Industry: communications

9. The IIF's Future Leaders Group -

Industry: international finance

Industry: plastics


“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
“Future of work will not have a retirement age.” ~ Harjeet Khanduja
“One exemplary act may affect one life, or even millions of lives. All those who set standards for themselves, who strengthen the bonds of community, who do their work creditably and accept individual responsibility, are building the common future.” ~ John W. Gardner

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