• August 26, 2015 12:31 PM | Anonymous

    Good afternoon, Work and Career Topic Network members.  

    On behalf of a fellow SSEA Topic Network chair, Michelle Wright, Ph.D., I am happy to share the following request for proposals...

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    I would like to invite you to submit a chapter to an upcoming book on the topic of emerging adulthood and technology, published by IGI Global. This edited book is called:  Identity, Sexuality, and Relationships among Emerging Adults in the Digital Age.

    The book will provide a new framework for understanding emerging adults and how they navigate developmental tasks and issues utilizing digital technologies. The book will synthesize the research on emerging adults’ digital technology usage and how these technologies hinder or help their identity development and formation, contribute to aggressive and prosocial behaviors, understand their sexuality, and benefits or harms their relationships with their parents, friends, and romantic partners. In places where the published research on a topic is missing, research from the face-to-face context can be used to provide a starting point for understanding the same topics as related to digital technologies. Gaps in the literature will be identified and future research will be proposed on these topics. Topics might include relationship with parents, friendships, love, romantic relationships, sexting, aggression, prosocial behavior, technology addiction, identity development and formation, and the self. 

    The deadline for the chapter proposal is September 30, 2015 and for the completed chapter is January 15, 2016. Decisions on abstracts will be sent to authors by October 15, 2015. Please submit the abstract to: http://www.igi-global.com/publish/call-for-papers/call-details/1901. 

    The book is expected to be finalized by August 1, 2016. If you have any questions about potential chapter ideas, please feel free to email the editor at michelle.wright@mail.muni.cz.

    I am looking forward to your hopeful response. If you know of others who might be interested in this chapter call, please feel free to share. 

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  • August 14, 2015 1:09 PM | Anonymous

    Good day!  Anne and I reviewed the detailed conference schedule and compiled a list of symposia, posters, and papers related to our Work and Career interests, which I am including below.  

    If you know of sessions we have missed, please share!  Looking forward to a great conference!

    •  Symposium: Love, Work, and the Self: Role Trajectories and Balance in Emerging Adulthood (Thursday, Oct. 15, 11:30am)
    • Paper Session:  Work and Career Development (Thursday, Oct. 15, 4:00pm)
    • Discussion Session:  Addressing the Full Range of Human Potential:  The Role of Meaning-Making in Emerging Adults' Lives and Work (Friday, Oct. 16, 9:15am)
    • Symposium:  The Road to Happiness?  Diverse School to Work Transitions in Finland and England (Friday, Oct. 16, 11:00am)
    • Paper Session:  Predictors of Emerging Adult Adjustment (Friday, Oct. 16, 1:45pm)
    • Poster W8:  Facebook use, Adult Attachment Orientations, Authenticity, and Academic/career Adjustment in Emerging Adults (Wednesday, Oct. 14, 5:00pm-7:00pm)
    • Poster W10:  Identity and Personality Maturation during the transition to Working Life:  An empirical test of the Social Investment Principle (Wednesday, Oct. 14, 5:00pm-7:00pm)
    • Poster W11:  Subjective well-being in emerging adulthood and proactive and preventive coping:  Moderator role of finishing education, leaving parental home, and job security (Wednesday, Oct. 14, 5:00pm-7:00pm)
    • Poster W22:  The role of motivation and Presence of Stress and Anxiety in Emerging Adults' Career and Romantic Exploration (Wednesday, Oct. 14, 5:00pm-7:00pm)
    • Poster W63:  Roles and Goals in Identity Development:  How Emerging Adult Community College Students Compare to Adolescent and Adult Community College Students (Wednesday, Oct. 14, 5:00pm-7:00pm)
    • Poster W69:  Narrative vocational identity of Italian young adults:  How both parent and child construct child's career stories (Wednesday, Oct. 14, 5:00pm-7:00pm)
    • Poster W103:  Perceptions of Barriers to Educational and Occupational Goal Attainment among African American and Latino(a) Emerging Adults (Wednesday, Oct. 14, 5:00pm-7:00pm)
    • Poster F45:  Calling, career adaptability and adaptive behaviors among Romanian undergraduate students (Friday, Oct. 16, 12:30am-1:45pm)
    • Poster F58:  Entrepreneurship in Emerging Adulthood:  A comparative study between Portugal and the UK  (Friday, Oct. 16, 12:30am-1:45pm)
    • Poster F65:  Enhancing Emerging Adult's Career Commitment Through Work Experience  (Friday, Oct. 16, 12:30am-1:45pm)


  • July 17, 2015 9:46 AM | Anonymous

    Good day, fellow Work and Career Topic Network members.

    Anne and I are looking ahead to a wonderful conference this year!  If you have not already registered for the conference, you can do so here.  In the coming weeks you will hear more about opportunities to connect with fellow Work and Career Topic Network members at the conference.  

    We also welcome ideas for staying connected and getting to know each other after the conference!

    Many of us have the opportunity to attend multiple conferences each year, and others may be looking for conferences to attend in years when there is not an SSEA conference.  What conferences do you find valuable in your work?  In addition to the SSEA conference, which ones are on your can't miss list? Below are a few U.S. conferences I have enjoyed and recommend.

    NCDA - National Career Development Association 

    ACSN - Alumni Career Services Network

    NACE - National Association of Colleges and Employers

    Share your conference suggestions and ideas for staying connected after the conference by posting a reply to this post or emailing me at tammy.halstead@fandm.edu.


  • May 07, 2015 9:15 AM | Anonymous

    Good day!  I am delighted to be serving as the new co-chair of the Work and Career Topic Network and wanted to take a moment to introduce myself.  But first, a big thank you to Anne Marshall for the opportunity to join in this capacity.  I look forward to continuing to learn from your leadership, Anne.  Thank you!

    I write to you from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States.  I am the Director of Alumni Advising & Development at F&M, where I am a career and professional development coach/consultant for alumni at all stages of their careers (although most of my clients are emerging adults!).  Franklin & Marshall is a small, liberal arts college with about 2,400 students and 26,000 alumni.

    I just completed my doctorate this past December; "career transition self-efficacy of emerging adult college graduates" was the topic of my dissertation, so SSEA and this Topic Network, specifically, are near and dear to my heart, my mind, and my work as both an emerging scholar and practitioner.

    I am excited to be here and look forward to getting to know all of you and sharing ideas, resources, research, and practices.  I'd love to hear a little about why you decided to join this network and what you hope to get out of our community.  I invite you to share a little about your story by posting a comment to this post or emailing me directly at tammy.halstead@fandm.edu.

    Thank you for your engagement!

    Tammy J. Halstead, Ed.D.

    Director of Alumni Advising & Development

    Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development

    Franklin & Marshall College

  • February 19, 2015 4:35 PM | Anne Marshall (Administrator)

    Hello Work and Career Topic Network members!

    Anne Marshall here, from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. I am the Chair of the Work and Career Topic Network, and am hoping we can use this blog (and e-mail) to share information, ideas, resources and suggestions relevant to our topic.

    I am new to blogging, and had someone set it up for me. I would appreciate any suggestions you have for topics and structure. I thought I'd start with posting once a month or so and will try to reply to people in a timely fashion. I assume all of you who have registered for this Topic Network will receive this blog message or will receive an e-mail that the blog is now active. You may have to login to the SSEA website for access.

    The main purpose of this first posting is to remind you all of the upcoming March 1 deadline for proposals for the 7th SSEA conference to be held October 14 to 16 at the Biscayne Bay Marriot in Miami. You should have received the information -- or go to www.ssea.org

    If you haven't yet submitted your proposal, a couple of our members are interested in connecting with others for possible presentations. One is Cailtlin Faas from Mount St Mary's University in Maryland. Caitlin wrote that she is interested in facilitating a proposal for a “discussion session” at the conference about young adults who do not attend college or drop out of college.  Those “forgotten half” emerging adults who are not part of an easy institution for access.  She wrote her dissertation about this topic and wants to raise awareness about this group of emerging adults.  A discussion section at SSEA would help us talk more about how to study and support this population. Caitlin is looking for members who are interested in joining her on this panel and a moderator. If you're interested, you can reply to this blog or e-mail me and I will put you in touch.

    I also received a request from Josh Gutwill, an educational researcher who is investigating the impact of a single museum visit on EA interest in science and self-efficacy beliefs in learning and doing science. Josh is interested in putting together a symposium on "educational experiences" of EAs. There is no "Education" Topic Network, and he wondered if people in our network might be interested. I don't think Josh is on this TN yet, so here is his e-mail <jgutwill@exploratorium.edu>

    Please encourage your colleagues to join SSES, submit a proposal, and attend the conference. I look forward to meeting many of you and hope we can arrange some kind of get-together at the Conference.

    You are welcome to e-mail me directly with questions or suggestions. <amarshal@uvic.ca>

    I look forward to connecting!

    Anne