Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery: Self-actualisation, social justice and the politics of career education – My inaugural lecture


Thursday 17th September


University of Derby, Kedleston Road, DE22 1GB

I’d like to invite all readers of this blog (and indeed anyone else who is interested) to attend my inaugural professorial lecture. I’ll be talking about career guidance and social justice.

It is free to attend, but you need to book.

Book to attend Tristram Hooley’s inaugural lecture

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery: Self-actualisation, social justice and the politics of career education

Career education and guidance helps individuals to realise their potential. It makes an implicit promise to people that “you can be the best that you can be” and offers help for people to self-actualise. However, recent government policy has reduced access to career education and guidance at the same time as pursuing educational, social and labour market policies that exacerbate inequality and mitigate against social justice.

One response to these political challenges is to reaffirm career education’s impartiality and to argue that whatever the political climate our job is to build individuals’ resilience and capacity to manage change and adversity. Such a response risks accusations of collusion and can leave career guidance in the position of helping people to accommodate themselves with unjust and inequitable systems.

An alternative response is to accept and highlight the political nature of career education. Such an approach encourages individuals to consider their futures not just within the status quo, but also within the world as it could be. In such a vision career education encourages people to consider how they can improve their life chances both as an individual and as a citizen.

In this lecture Tristram Hooley will draw on his work in the UK and overseas to consider the future of career education systems in an unequal world. He will explore the implications of more clearly yoking career education to the concept of social justice for policy and practice in the field.


Tristram Hooley is Professor of Career Education at the International Centre for Guidance Studies at the University of Derby. His main research interest is the intersection between policy, practice and research in the career development field. He is also interested in the role of new technologies in education, career development and research, the role of appearance and attractiveness in career and social justice in careers work. He has published extensively on career development and has lectured in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA, Saudi Arabia and all across Europe.

Tristram has been head of the International Centre for Guidance Studies, a world leading research centre, for six years. He is a NICEC Fellow, a Winston Churchill Fellow and a member of the editorial board of the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. He regularly advises governments on career education and guidance policy and has even been listened to on occasion.

Before coming to Derby, Tristram worked for the Career Research Advisory Centre (CRAC) and the University of Leicester.

One comment

  1. Hi Tristram, this sounds like a great lecture. For those of us unable to travel to Derby, is there any possibility it could be recorded for us to watch from our home locations? 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s