Good looks and good practice

We’ve just published a new article looking at career practitioners attitudes towards career image. The article presents the quantitative findings of an online survey of career practitioners (n = 399, 74% female, 89% white and 75% from the U.K.) exploring their attitudes and practices towards issues of appearance and attractiveness.

Career practitioners who participated in this survey acknowledged that beauty, self-presentation and interpersonal skills influence career success, and 96% of them considered conversations about career image as part of their professional remit. The career practitioners felt relatively comfortable and well informed in their discussions in this arena, but would welcome further guidance and training to inform their practice.

The article has been posted in an online repository at:

Yates, J., Hooley, T. and Kaur Bagri, K. (2016). Good looks and good practice: the attitudes of career practitioners to attractiveness and appearance British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, Online first.

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Associate professor at iCeGS

At the International Centre for Guidance Studies we are recruiting a new Associate Professor.

The Associate Professor will lead the development of research and consultancy work relating to career and/or the relationship between education and work.

Applicants should have a national or international reputation in a relevant field, a strong track record of attracting funding, be able to contribute to the University REF submission and doctoral supervisions.

This is a hugely exciting new opportunity. I’d encourage people to pass it on to anyone who might be interested.

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The only thing worth fighting for is the future

Last week I gave a lecture at the Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy at the University of Melbourne. The lecture examined the interface between career guidance, public policy and politics. It particularly argued that we need to refocus our thinking about career guidance around a social justice agenda.

The presentation is now available to view in full.

The only think worth fighting for is the future: Rethinking career guidance as an instrument for social justice

Effective Policy Framework for the Organisation of Careers Service

We have just agreed to make a paper that we wrote last year public. It addresses the question of what the most effective policy framework for the management of career guidance would be. It is based on a literature review.

Key findings include the fact that there are a range of public policy rationales which engage policymakers, that countries have a range of systems which range from non-existent to the development of a lifelong guidance system, there are a range of key features for such policy systems which address issues of access, which provide career management skills, which ensure the effective co-operation and co-ordination of the system and which attend to issues of quality assurance and evidence.

You can view the paper online for free at:

Hooley, T., Neary, S., Morris, M. and Mackay, S. (2015). Effective Policy Frameworks for the Organisation of Careers Services: A Review of the Literature. London and Derby: SQW and International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.

The only thing worth fighting for is the future: Rethinking career guidance as an instrument for social justice

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Today I’m giving a lecture at the University of Melbourne. I’m going to be talking about the intersection between career guidance, policy and social justice.

The only thing worth fighting for is the future: Rethinking career guidance as an instrument for social justice

You’re hired! Online

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Today I’m running a workshop for NAGCAS in Melbourne. I’ll be talking about the skills that we need to develop in students to enable them to use the internet as part of their career building.

I’ll be drawing on some of the work that we did for the You’re Hired! Job Hunting Online book earlier this year.

So if you can’t make the workshop you can always – buy the book!