It has been about two weeks since Jennifer and I had the pleasure of presenting at the International Association of Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG) Conference. This year’s conference was held in beautiful Madrid with over 40 countries represented in attendance.
The conference theme, Promoting Equity through Guidance: Reflection, Action, Impact, included presentations on research, theory, and innovative practices in career development and transitions in the 21st century, while addressing diversity, equity and social justice in career and educational guidance and development.
Our conference poster described the application of coping assessment in career development to enhance resiliency and occupational functioning (see below).
Creating awareness of coping (how one manages stress) has been shown to be useful in helping individuals change unhelpful behaviors that sabotage academic performance, career exploration, and success in personal and professional endeavors. At Realizing Aptitudes, we use this alternative approach to best help our clients explore and identify fitting career paths in addition to gaining awareness on coping resources they have to manage stress in any career path they pursue.
We had many opportunities to discuss issues facing the international career guidance community with professionals from countries ranging from Spain, Sweden, Finland, Canada, and Japan, and received resounding endorsement of our use of coping assessment in the work that we’re doing at Realizing Aptitudes. We left the conference feeling inspired and full of gratitude for the opportunity to be a representative of career guidance in the US and connect with colleagues from around the world.
Keep on the lookout for a follow-up post on the major themes covered at the conference and how that applies to the work that we’re doing.