We are very excited to be able to invite you to the 2011 International Career Conference in Cairns, Australia. This is the 20th annual conference for the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA). We are thrilled that international members of the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG) will be joining CDAA members and other delegates in Cairns to share in what will be a very memorable conference.
The conference will be held in the Cairns Convention Centre which is purpose built to stage large international conferences. Cairns has an international airport and is the centre of a large number of exhilarating tourist activities including being a stepping off point to see and interact with the Great Barrier Reef. Our conference mascot is Kenny the Koala and he is fully equipped with goggles and snorkel to explore the Reef.
We are very pleased to have Professor Mark Savickas join us to provide a pre-conference masterclass and to provide leadership throughout the conference. Other pre-conference activities include a Forum for career researchers, a schools best practice showcase and a sharing strategies workshop for lone practitioners. Prominent international figures in the field of career development, Professor Mary Sue Richardson and Professor Alvin Leung, will stimulate our thinking and provide suggestions for practice in their keynote and workshop sessions. They will be joined by other industry leaders such as Professor Chris Warhurst.
The themes of the conference focus around taking stock of where career development is at the moment and explores where it should go in the future. We have posed 5 big questions which translate into the 6 sub-themes for the conference. We intend initiating an exploration of the issues around career development though conducting a very open, interactive forum led by 60 minute journalist, Ellen Fanning.
The conference will attract a range of participants including practitioners, policy makers, employers and researchers. The program includes many concurrent workshops and a poster session. We have also built in to the conference a strong research focus through hosting a research forum and a research strand throughout the conference. Over 70 papers from participants from over 18 countries will be integrated into the program. These will be complemented by a range of fun, social activities and Australian experiences.
Come and join us and Kenny the Koala in Cairns in April 2011 to explore the wonders of career development and the Great Barrier Reef.
Mary McMahon and Col McCowan OAM, Conference Convenors