National Career
Development Month

NCDA promotes career development through its annual celebration of National Career Development Month. Every November, career development professionals are encouraged to celebrate with career related activities. In particular, NCDA sponsors an annual Poetry and Art Contest.

November 2018 is National Career Development Month.

November 12-16 is National Career Development Week.

November 14 is National Career Development Day.

Enter the 53rd Annual Poetry and Art Contest:

Please note changes to the Poetry & Art Contest Deadlines:

Due to delayed launch date of the Poetry & Art contest, deadlines have been
changed and extended!

Local Deadline:                 December 20, 2018     
Local submissions should be submitted to county, district, or parish by this date. 

State Deadline:                January 20, 2019         
Local winners should be submitted to the state coordinators by this date.

National Deadline:         February 20, 2019       
All state award winners should be sent to Ron Cathey by this date.

If you have questions, please contact Ron Cathey:  318-257-2488

 53rd Annual Contest Brochure

The contest theme is "Using Careers to Break Barriers, Empower Lives & Achieve Equity."

View the contest brochure for complete details. Entries will be judged on how they celebrate and inspire career development with a positive tone while emphasizing the national theme.  Your ideas are valuable and worth celebrating!

Every adult and student enrolled school is eligible, as well as adult practitioners who are not in school. Contest divisions areas include:

  • Primary - grades K-2
  • Intermediate - grades 3-5
  • Middle - grades 6-8
  • Senior - grades 9-12
  • Adult Student - ages 18 and older, enrolled in school
  • Open Adult - ages 18 and older, not enrolled in school

See the contest brochure for complete details (except for the new deadlines).

The winning entries for each division will be recognized and displayed on the NCDA website in May 2019, as well as at the Annual Global Career Development Conference to be held in each summer. National winners will also receive from the National Career Development Association a special certificate and a congratulatory gift.


Questions? Contact NCD Month Chair Ron Cathey

Click here for the NCD Month 2018-19 State Contacts.

Each NCD Month entry must go through a state contest! If your state contact is not listed or your state is not participating in NCD Month, please contact NCDA Headquarters or e-mail the national chair for further instructions.


Congratulations to the Winners of 52nd Annual Poetry and Poster Contest!
"Leading the Way to a Future Full of Possibilities". Click here to see the list of winners.

Poster Contest Winning Entries