Mobilie technologies and youth unemployment

I’ve just come across this interesting article in the Guardian

Youth unemployment: can mobile technology improve employability?

Which is very interesting on the potential of mobile technologies – but cautions against seeing technology as a panacea!



Call for memories about iCeGS

2013 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the foundation of the International Centre for Guidance Studies. We hope to make some further announcements about how we will celebrate the fifteenth year later on in the year.

One of the main things that we are doing to mark the anniversary is to write and publish a short history of the Centre. We are working with the East Midlands Oral History Archive to produce this history.

We would be interested in any memories that people have about the Centre. In particularly we are looking for the following:

  • How has the International Centre for Guidance Studies influenced or impacted on your work?
  • Did any work, research, training or consultancy that you have commissioned from the Centre make a big impact on your practice or your organisation?
  • Are there any publications or events that you have found particularly useful or interesting?
  • Do you have any anecdotes about your visits to the Centre or any other interactions with Centre staff?
  • Do you have any photos or images that we might be able to use in the history of the Centre? (we can digitise if you don’t currently have a digital copy).

We are interested in stories, pictures and experiences from across the history of the Centre from 1998 (or before) through to today. 

If you have any memories, images or experiences please send them to Colin Hyde at the East Midlands Oral History Archive. Contact Colin at:

Colin Hyde
East Midlands Oral History Archive
Centre for Urban History
University of Leicester
Tel: 0116 2525065

England’s number 1 University for employability

England's number 1 University for employability

I’ve started to notice a lot of universites producing adverts like this one from Northampton. In essence they all claim that you will get a job if you study with them. All of them are clearly presenting their data fairly selectively, for example by focusing on the level of employment (jobs) rather that the level of graduate employment (good jobs) or whatever other metric they perform well in.

Obviously as long as they stay within the bounds of fact there is no crime here. However it does hammer home the importance of tools like Unistats (http://unistats/) which help prospective learners to compare universities on a range of different factors.

The more of this sort of stuff I see the more I think that criticality and scepticism about data are essential career competencies.