As always, the primary mission of the Careers Division is to promote excellence in scholarship in the careers domain. Even as we grow as a division, we strive to be a place where scholars from all over the world can engage with their discipline within an inclusive, supportive, and developmental setting.
To that end, we have a couple of special projects going on this year. First, we will be conducting our quinquennial (i.e., five year) division review. This will be a time for looking at all the great things we have accomplished as a division in the last five years and, more importantly, thinking about what we would like to accomplish in the next. The first step in this process is to administer a survey to the entire division membership. Please look for the invitation and link to the survey in your inbox (or spam box!) with the subject line CAR Division Membership Survey. There are several open-ended response questions, so please let us know your thoughts and feeling, hopes and dreams for the Career Division.
Second, in order to meet the on-going developmental needs of careers scholars who don’t always make the AOM meetings, we plan to continue our successful “Virtual Careers in the Rough” event. Like the face-to-face Careers in the Rough, participants are given the chance to receive detailed, constructive feedback from pre-eminent careers scholars, only through a virtual meeting. The Careers Division is also sponsoring a careers division Community Conference scheduled for February 14-15, 2020 hosted at WU Vienna on the theme of Careers in Diverse Contexts and Turbulent Times. The idea is to serve the needs of scholars, especially students and others new to the career area, who seek an opportunity to developmental their work in an intimate and supportive conference setting. A detailed call for this conference will be issued in the early part of next year, so please be on the watch and start thinking now about a paper, symposium or PDW idea you might have in mind for this setting.
Finally, we plan to continue to actively communicate and engage with the membership through our digital Newsletter The Career Forum and our online community “Connect@AOM”. The latter is an online space for members to post announcements and calls, exchange information, and engage and connect with each other much more rapidly and easily than in the past.
Oh, and lest we forget, we continue to plan a great program of papers, symposia, professional development workshops, and receptions at the AOM meetings in Boston in 2019. The key to making this all happen is the Careers Division Officers, so please share with me a moment of appreciation for our incoming PDW Chair Jos Akkermans (VU Amsterdam), Program Chair Gina Dokko (UC Davis), Division Chair-elect Jamie Ladge (Northeastern U), and Outgoing Division Chair Bert Schreurs (Vrije U, Brussel), Treasurer Denise Jepsen (Macquarie U), Secretary Ryan Klinger (Old Dominion U), and Career Forum Editor Mina Beigi (U of Southampton), Webmaster Augusto Nishimura (U of Sao Paulo), Archivist Sherry Sullivan (Bowling Green U), Listserv manager Belinda Allen (U of Melbourne), and Reps-at-large Akram Al-Ariss (Toulouse Business School), Ariane Froidevaux (U of Florida), Lauren Keating (EM Lyon Business School), Evgenia Lysova (Vrije U, Amsterdam), Erin Makarius (U of Akron), Emma Perry (Cranfield School of Management), Ricardo Rodrigues (King’s College Longdon), Daniel Spurk (U of Bern), and Beatrice Van Der Heijden (Radbound U). I also like to thank our outgoing at-large members Rick Cotton (U of Victoria), Belinda Allen (U of Melbourne), and Wendy Murphy (Babson College).
Division Chair, 2018-2019