Webinar today: The evidence base on lifelong guidance

There is still time to register for today’s webinar on the evidence base on lifelong guidance.

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The webinar will take place at 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CEST (which is 1pm in the UK).

Below you’ll find the slides that I’m going to talk to.

The evidence base on lifelong guidance


Student intern opportunity: Investigating undergraduate student’s ideas about effective self-presentation in the context of career

iCeGS is looking to recruit a University of Derby student as a research intern between May and July to understake a research project investigating undergraduate student’s ideas about effective self-presentation in the context of career.

We have £1056 to pay for a student intern. The exact hours worked can be flexible to meet the needs of both parties, but all work will need to be completed by the end of July.

There is considerable research that emphasises the importance of appearance and effective self-presentation in making the transition to the world of work. This research will explore current undergraduates understanding of issues relating to appearance, dress and self-presentation in relation to their transition to the world of work. In particular it will examine how students consider how to manage the transition from one identity (that of student) with all of the attendant signifiers of dress and behaviour, to another (that of worker).

The position would particularly suit anyone who is considering a career as an educational or social researcher. We would anticipate that the research project will lead to the production of an academic article and that the research intern will be a named author of the article.

The research internship is only open to University of Derby students currently in their second year. If you are interested in working on this project please send your CV and a 1-2 page piece of writing to t.hooley@derby.ac.uk. The written piece should answer the question “How does appearance impact on an individual’s chance of finding and keeping work?” It should be appropriately referenced using the iCeGS style guide.

Applications should be submitted by Wednesday 14th May.

The Kent Model of Career Education and Guidance

I’ve been doing some work in schools in Kent. I think that there is some evidence that a new model of career education and guidance is beginning to emerge across the county. I’m going to be presenting this back to some of the schools in Kent today. I’d be interested to hear what people think about this.

The essence of what I’m calling the “Kent Model” is (1) a strong countywide infastructure to support the development of career education and guidance (2) a committment by the schools to build an internal infastructure (notably through the employment of a full-time careers co-ordinator).

Is the “Kent Model” also appearing in other counties? If so with what sort of regularity?

The Kent Model of Career Education and Guidance by Tristram Hooley

Legacy careers project

Over the last year or so we’ve been involved in evaluating a very interesting careers project in East London. Called the Legacy Careers Project it sought to use the Olympic legacy to engage young people in career learning.

Our evaluation found that the project provided schools with an impactful, appealing and cost-effective way of delivering a high quality career education programme. We also observed a high level of learning was observed throughout the programme with 60 per cent of students reporting that their self-confidence had improved, 50 per cent reporting their creativity had improved and 43 per cent reporting that their energy and motivation had improved. Students also stated that they enjoyed the experience and found it a useful programme to be involved in.

If you want to find out more have a look at our evaluation report.

Marriott, J. and Hooley, T. (2014). Evaluating the Legacy Careers Project. Derby: International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.

Webinar: Rachel Mulvey on the competences which career professionals need

There is an interesting webinar planned for the end of this week. Rachel Mulvey (University of East London) will be talking about “Professionalism: the common competence which binds the career workforce in effective practice” on Friday 25 April 2014 at 13:15-14:15 (CET).   The presentation is broadcast live at


There will be an opportunity to ask questions and interact.

The webinar is organised by the National Centre for Lifelong Guidance Expertise (eVOKES, http://www.evokes.fi/) at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä, in co-operation with the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network, ELGPN (http://elgpn.eu),  and the International Association for Vocational and Educational Guidance, IAEVG (http://www.iaevg.org).