National Career Development Month
NCDA Poetry & Art Contest

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 2021 is National Career Development Month.

November 15-19 is National Career Development Week.

November 17 is National Career Development Day.

56th Ncd Month Logo

“The Future of Work: The Role of Artificial Intelligence and Automation”


View the 56th Annual Poetry & Art 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. Entries may be either poetry or art. 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

The winning entries for each division will be recognized and displayed on the NCDA website in May, 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.

Questions? Contact NCD Month Chair Kymmie Cartledge or email NCDA headquarters:

NCD Month Resources:

NCD Month K-12 Activities  - Provided by Liz Jones.

NCD Month Celebration of Work. In the presidential year of Jane Goodman, 2006 Eminent Career Award Winner, many NCDA members, such as LeeAnn Bernier-Clarke (Editor), Pat Wickwire, Judith Ettinger, Victoria Wildermuth and priceless others, collaborated to create one of the most remarkable NCD Month Activity Books available.

Creative NCD Celebrations - see how others have celebrated!

Career Convergence offers many articles detailing activities for all age groups.  Here are a few that might help you help your students celebrate NCD Month:
-- Career Exploration in First Grade - By Deb Osborn
-- Positive Psychology Techniques for K-12 Career Counseling - by Louis V. Paradise and Dawn Romano Ironside
-- 21 Strategies for K-12 Career Development - by Deb Osborn

Click here for the NCD Month 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 the 55th Annual Poetry & Art Contest! The contest theme was "My Future Career: Imagine the Possibilities!"  View the list of winners.

Art Contest Winning Entries