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Careers Conference points directions in a changing economy

January 18, 2012

As economic and workforce challenges continue, many adults and students will seek assistance with job retraining, lifelong career development skills, continuing education and the development of 21st century skills.

The Careers Conference, hosted by the Center on Education and Work at the University of Wisconsin–Madison from Jan. 30-Feb. 1, will provide a place for career professionals to become reinvigorated through listening to keynote speakers, attending more than 100 concurrent sessions, and networking with colleagues from across the nation and beyond.

The conference program is designed to help participants approach these challenges with greater energy, enthusiasm, and information.

Featured speakers will focus on cutting-edge topics for those beginning in the field and also for those with more advanced credentials. Among the topics speakers will address are: labor market updates, writing accomplishment-rich resumes, addressing cultural competencies, using intuition to make career connections, and the workplace impact of Generation Y.

Opening this year’s conference on Tuesday, Jan. 31 will be keynote speaker Christian Moore. He is an internationally renowned author that created the WhyTry Program, an initiative that has proven to be one of the most effective ways to teach critical social and emotional skills that determine the success and happiness for individuals facing life’s challenges.

The WhyTry Program is used in thousands of schools, correctional facilities, and mental health agencies in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Moore will be sharing the tools and inspirational messages he uses to encourage and enable people to overcome their most severe challenges.

John D. Krumboltz will be the keynote speaker on Wednesday, Feb. 1. He will share his understanding of planned and unplanned experiences that begin at birth and continue throughout our lifetime. As career specialists and educators, we can contribute to these learning processes and activities that generate unexpected events that improve an individual’s level of career satisfaction.

For more details on conference sessions, speakers, registration and costs, visit the Careers Conference website.