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Inspiring Your CPD - September 2017

14 09.17

Working with groups

This month’s newsletter brings us back for a new academic year. For many people September is a time for introducing themselves to new groups. For others, working with groups is a year-round way to encourage peer support and to deliver services cost-effectively.

Activities here are simply ideas and are not compulsory. You can choose to do some, all or none; it won’t affect your membership of the CDI whether you take up these ideas or not, although they do reflect good practice.

If you are on the Register then undertaking 25 hours of CPD each year is a condition of your registration.

If you are a member then undertaking CPD helps you to adhere to the Continuous Professional Development principle in the CDI Code of Ethics.

Each month, we will suggest CPD activities which will allow you to explore a topic, interact with others and create a reflective record in the Members’ Area of the CDI website. Simply choose the items and activities that suit your role and your style.

All the resources mentioned, and many more, are also accessible with direct links from the CPD Resources area of the Members’ Area of the CDI website. Resources are arranged according to the National Occupational Standards: Career Development (NOS:CD).

Resources related to working with groups are in NOS:CD06.


Getting your message across

Many people need to capture an audience’s attention in a way that will make key messages memorable. Here are two YouTube videos which have drawn huge numbers of viewers: How to do a presentation and How to open and close presentations (each about 7 mins long)


The heart of the matter

If, as is possible, the YouTube messages feel a bit slick (which doesn’t mean they’re not worth thinking about!), then a colleague from the CDI’s equivalent body in the USA, National Career Development Association, suggests in Making career information stick that the heart of the message should be ‘unexpected, credible, concrete, simple’.


Higher education resources

The Higher Education Academy argued the case for Career Studies in higher education in the Careers Studies Handbook: career development learning in practice (McCash, 2008).


HE – and everyone else!

More recently McCash (2014) has edited an Irish publication, rich with lesson plans, resources and links. Crafting the present for future employability comprises eight modules starting with personal career influences, and leading through choosing a career path, applying, and succeeding at work. Although the target audience is HE staff (career specialists and others), many of the resources are useful for schools, colleges, employers and career coaches.


Especially for schools

The CEGNET website offers a range of resources for teaching and learning. These include general topics (e.g. decision-making), techniques (e.g. the jigsaw method) and a wealth of school subject related lesson resources.


The special provision needed in special schools

Talentino Careers (a CDI Career Assured organisation) offers resources tried and proven with specialist and general staff in special schools in Career Development for Special Schools (priced).


Older and bolder?

Age does not solve all career dilemmas, but produces additional questions related to moving towards retirement. In Celebrating midlife career reviews in church, Age Confident (Judith Wardell) describes workshops for a particular group whose work has been core to their identity. Unionlearn skill cards (available free of charge) are used as a resource for mid/later life career reviews.


Finally, groups are a good place to ‘stretch’

Career Passion Yogi links her passions for working with clients and for yoga in many of her blog posts. In Getting comfortable with discomfort, she describes a simple group work exercise (careers, not yoga!) in which support from peers may be especially valuable in taking group members of any age outside their comfort zone.


Using our LinkedIn groups

The CDI has a LinkedIn group for all members, and groups that are relevant for each home nation and for the Community of Interest groups. Start (or contribute to) a discussion; keep contributing for several days.

National groups Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales

Community of Interest groups Careers Education | Independent Coaches and Consultants | Learning Difficulties and Disabilities | HE Advisers | Research. Visit the Communities of Interest.


Recording and reflecting on CPD

Remember that reading, talking and reflecting all count towards your CPD hours as long as you write a short reflective report in the My CPD section of your ‘My Portfolio’ record.


Useful Tips

Accessing the Members’ Area in order to record your CPD

To access this area click Login (at the top of the screen) and use your Members’ Area username (your email address) and password. Then click on Members’ Area, and choose Professional Register which includes the CPD Resources area and your personal CPD record. You can also access the Register directly by using the Professional Register link on the home page.

On 4th September we launched an updated version of this part of the site which now provides a CPD recording system which is much easier to use.

The site includes the facility to Request a new password. Remember that for the system to work well, you need to keep your details up to date and ensure that CDI emails are not directed to your spam box.

For any questions relating to CPD Recording please contact:


Dr Lyn Barham,
Project Associate (Research)

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