Maximising the impact of careers services on career management skills: a review of the literature


A little while ago I collaborated on a publication looking at the issue of career management skills for the National Careers Service. This is now available in the public domain. I hope that you find it useful.

The review identified an international body of work on the development and implementation of competency frameworks in reaction to CMS, including the ‘Blueprint’ frameworks, which are a series of interrelated national approaches to career management skills (originating in the USA and taken up subsequently, and with different emphases, by Canada, Australia, England and Scotland). There is, as yet, little empirical evidence to support the overall efficacy of CMS frameworks, but they do have the advantage of setting out what needs to be learned (usually as a clear and identifiable list of skills, attributes and attitudes) and, often, how this learning is intended to happen.

You can view the paper at:

Mackay, S., Morris, M., Hooley, T. and Neary, S. (2015). Maximising the Impact of Careers Services on Career Management Skills A Review of the Literature. London and Derby: SQW and International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.


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