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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Reinersman

No Surprise! Nothing New Here to Read

It is probably not a good way to start a newsletter by stating there is nothing new here. It doesn’t actually encourage you to read it! But what if something here were to validate your current practices? Or you become empowered to continue your daily work despite the challenges? Or maybe you just feel good knowing that what you are doing really is helping the client? By all means, keep reading even though there may be nothing new in these words. Your clients may thank you for that knowing smile on your face.

Remember, beginning late last year, CDA Insights changed its publication schedule to every other month. The extensive archives offer significant material to continue your professional development during the months when a new issue is not published. On a related note, CDA Insights discontinued the use of Twitter. Please share on other social media, as appropriate. Thank you for your interest and support!

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FOCUS ON: So You Think You Already Know

When the brain is on autopilot, it tends to resist changing perceptions and stop learning. Wisdom is acknowledging that there are things we don’t already know. For example, paying sincere attention to a client today can mean recognizing their history while making provisions for how they have grown. Trading in a false sense of security in order to embrace the changing world will allow a new devotion of energy to notice, appreciate, navigate and influence opportunities and experiences. Read more about why you can’t learn something you already think you know.

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: Can You Name the 20 Fastest Growing Jobs?

Health related jobs, such as personal care aides and nurse practitioners, are expected to have some of the highest growth rates from 2020-2030 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The demand from renewable energy has driven up the growth rate of other jobs, such as a wind turbine service technician. IT security and software development jobs are on the upswing due to the number of people now working from home. View the graphic and read more from Visual Capitalist.

JOB SEARCHING: The Power of LinkedIn

Telling clients how important LinkedIn is to their job search is only part of the assistance career professionals offer. By using three elements to increasing engagement (i.e., build, connect and share), this tool’s value is seen as powerful. Read more from Career Convergence.

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES: The Explosion of Online Learning

E-learning, distance learning and online learning refer to Internet-based remote learning by people of all ages. Post-pandemic, the 2024 statistics show continued growth in number of students engaging in online learning, percentage of businesses offering remote training, and dollar value of the industry. Plus it can increase employee performance and retention. Read more statistics and definitions from Devlin Peck.

TOP TEN: Uniquely Human Skills

No career development professional would be surprised to learn that communication is the number one skill that employers are looking for. Not surprisingly, teamwork and problem-solving also made the top ten. However, with the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), it is necessary to consider the way skills are uniquely human. Overall, the one skill that has recently grown rather quickly is adaptability. Read all ten of the skills and then sign up for free courses to increase each skill.


"It is not possible to learn what you think you already know." ~ Epictetus
"Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let's not be afraid to receive each day's surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy. It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity." ~ Henri Nouwen


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