Rethinking career development for a globalised world – CALL FOR PAPERS

21st-22nd September 2016
Enterprise Centre, University of Derby, Derby
Deadline for call for papers: Monday 21st March
Submit your proposal here

Call for papers

The Fellows of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC) are delighted to invite you to contribute to a two day conference to be held on the 21st-22nd September 2016 in Derby. The conference will provide a mixture of keynotes, panels, seminars and open discussion and will seek to address the big issues relating to the career development field.

We are seeking the following kinds of contributions:

  • Poster presentations
  • Papers
  • Seminars and discussion sessions
  • Symposia
  • Debates or panels
  • Workshops and working sessions
  • Lectures

The conference is aimed at everyone who is interested in career and careers work. We encourage submissions and attendance from practitioners, researchers, policy makers and others.

Submit your proposal here

Rationale for the conference

Twenty years ago Tony Watts and other NICEC colleagues published Rethinking Careers Education and Guidance: Theory, Policy and Practice (Watts, Law, Killeen, Kidd & Hawthorn 1996).

This was unique as a multi-authored text that sought to integrate career education and career guidance and develop a more nuanced educational basis for our work. It featured new career learning theory and methods of measuring impact through learning outcomes. It was argued that careers work is inevitably political and an influential framework was developed for understanding this. The role of career theory in one-to-one work was discussed in new ways. It was further recognised that careers work takes place within a range of international socio-cultural contexts and sectors (e.g. private sector, workplace, statutory, schools, colleges, universities, and communities).

Rethinking became a well-thumbed classic for reflective practitioners and a core text on reading lists, but it is increasingly out of date. In this conference we invite you to look forward to the next 20 years and ask:

  • What can we still take from Rethinking today?
  • What was missing? What voices, theories and contexts were neglected?
  • What now appear to be the dead ends, the fertile areas, the new paradigms?
  • How do we make sense of our field today?
  • Where does the future of the field lie?

Conference themes

The conference will be organised around three main themes as follows.

The changing context for work and career

Shifting theories and concepts

Innovative practice

How is globalisation changing career?

What do we mean by work, career and livelihood?

In what ways are labour markets changing and/or staying the same?

What is it that influences change – how can we/do we critique the policy discourses?

How can careers work relate to internationalisation and migration?

How can careers work promote social justice, be client-centred and meet the demands of political systems and the labour market?

How can the tensions and connections between the political and the personal in a neo-liberal world be negotiated by career services, practitioners, academics and clients?

How do our theories and  concepts inform our understandings of career?

How can careers work be illuminated by different lenses and ways of seeing?

What new theories, concepts and models resonate with the multiple realities of contemporary lives?

What are the new paradigms?

How do we make sense of our global and transdisciplinary field?

If working across disciplines (transdisciplinarity) is the way forward – how do we address contrasting epistemological and methodological assumptions?
How do we connect theories and concepts with lived experiences?
Where does the future of our field lie?

How can careers work be transformational?

How can careers work respond to the often imperfect contexts within which it is conducted?

Who is the career development profession?

What learning outcomes should careers work focus on?

In what new ways should careers work be offered to clients, organisations and ‘stakeholders’?

What possibilities for career learning and development are presented by the use of new technologies?

How can careers work be creative and meet the needs of both the individual and the many?

What are the most innovative and promising practices?
How can careers work help address needs for purpose and meaning in people’s lives?


Costs for attending the conference will be as follows.

  • Full (2 day) conference attendance (£285)
  • Day rate (£160)
  • Accommodation (£90 [per night])
  • Pre-conference dinner (20/09/16) (£40)
  • Conference dinner (21/09/16)     (£50)
  • Concession (NICEC fellow/NICEC member/Student)   (£230)
  • Early bird (Before the end of April 2016)  (£250)

These prices are all inclusive of VAT

Organising Committee

Conference papers will be reviewed by the conference organising committee.

  • Tristram Hooley
  • Heather Jackson
  • Phil McCash
  • Rosemary McLean
  • Hazel Reid


It is hoped to publish an edited volume drawn from contributions at the conference and inspired by it.

Please indicate whether you are interested in your contribution being considered for this volume.

Submit your proposal here

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