Career Development Event – Sunday, July 21st (FREE!)

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Speaker: L’Shawn Howard

Title: Dream Big Start Small

In this workshop, participants will use the power of their imagination to rediscover the best aspects of their teaching careers and to capitalize on what drives them to envision a future in which they are fulfilled and energized. Using the tool, Appreciative Inquiry (AI) created by David L. Cooperrider and Suresh Srivastva in the late 1980’s in the United States, participants will be invited to approach their careers from a positive and empowering perspective. AI invites individuals and organizations to expand their vision and see their profession as a mystery to be discovered and the process of uncovering that mystery as awe-inspiring. There are four phases in AI: Discovery, Dream, Design, and Destiny. This workshop will give a brief explanation and history of Appreciative Inquiry and how it is used for professional development in coaching. Participants will go through the four stages and leave with a clear inspiring vision for the future of their academic career, as well as the support they will need to accomplish their goals. 

Source: Cooperrider, D. L. & Srivastva, S. (1987). Appreciative Inquiry in Organizational Life. Research in Organizational Change and Development, 1, 129-169.

Bio: L’Shawn Howard is a certified academic coach and life coach, who partners with people who are committed to making meaningful changes for greater fulfillment and satisfaction in their professional and personal lives. In addition to coaching, L’Shawn has taught English as a foreign language to speakers of other languages since 2002.

Speaker: Michael Parrish

Title: Getting Ready for August Job Hunting

As we close off the first term and contemplate a relaxing summer vacation, this is great time to dust off your CV and get ready for the upcoming autumn job hunting season. This workshop will review keys points in preparing your academic CV/resume and application packages for teaching positions at university or high schools. It will provide practical tips on how to address any gaps in your CV and make sure your application does not end up in the shredder. We also explore how some strategic planning tools borrowed from business (such as SWOT and balanced scorecard) can be applied to help facilitate and organize professional development activities. The workshop will then give attendees a chance to try to put some of these tools into action and apply them to their own situations in revising their CV and making career planning decisions.


1:00 registration

1:15 – 2:30 L’Shawn Howard

2:45 – 4:00 Michael Parrish

4:00 Breakout (Q&A) session followed by cleanup

At Campus Plaza Kyoto, 5 minutes walk from Kyoto Station. Google Maps location –