Welcome from the Tasmanian Division President
Hi, I’m Linda Jeffrey the CDAA Tasmanian Division President and I’m inviting you to my town, my place. This is one of the many exciting reasons for coming to the Hobart 2018 Conference – meet me in person, or catch up with me again if we’ve met before. Ask me what I think my practice will look like in 2020 and tell me about your ideas. AND, do the same with the other 300 (approx) “Lindas” that will be here – your career development friends and colleagues. Experience the richness and variety of PD and connectivity that can only be found in a face to face conference experience.
I am in private practice and to provide a good service to my wide variety of clients I need to be up-to-date with current research and information. To some extent I can do this by reading journal articles, but the opportunity at conference to ask questions and discuss issues gives me a much deeper understanding. I also really appreciate the links to further information passed on by the conference presenters – there is so much information out there online, it is invaluable to get links to focussed, reliable sources.
I need to be aware of my own career development – the sector I work in has changed over time and may do so again. Sometimes I now find myself working within more than one sector simultaneously (portfolio career!).
CDAA National Conference is the only event that I am aware of that is completely focussed on career development theory and practice with a cross-sectorial perspective. By understanding what is going on in other sectors I can better assist my clients, but also ensure that I can move between sectors within my own career as the need arises.
For me, paying to attend conference is a worthwhile investment in both my business and my career – I expect my clients to nurture their career and so I should do that too - I don’t expect anyone else to pay for it, it's 'my' career. It’s a once a year opportunity to meet colleagues from across the country, find out what’s new and discover ways in which to improve both my business and my practice.
On top of all the serious stuff, conference is good fun - the social aspects are a great cherry on top of the cake of professional learning. It's not just about 3 days - throughout the year I often access support and information from colleagues I met at conference.
I am excited that MONA – one of the “must-do” experiences in Hobart, is part of the Conference Program. And, I hope you will be able to spend a little time before or after the Conference taking in some of the other wonderful experiences Hobart and Southern Tasmania have to offer.
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