Career Guidance and Livelihood Planning across the Mediterranean


Ronald Sultana has just edited an important new book looking at career guidance and livelihood planning around the Mediterranean.

This is particularly timely as governments and citizens in the Mediterranean region are very concerned about the mass unemployment of young people, many of who have invested in higher education in the hope that ability and effort lead to fulfilling lives. For this group transitions to independent adulthood are often long, drawn-out and jeopardised by labour markets that are neither youth-friendly nor meritocratic. While such challenges require structural responses at the macro-economic level, career education and guidance have an important role to play in addressing both the public and private good, and in furthering the social justice agenda.

This volume provides a state-of-the-art review of career education and guidance in Southern Europe and the Middle East and North Africa Region, presenting a multi-faceted portrayal of the situation in each country as well as overviews of cross-cutting themes that are especially relevant to context, such as women’s career development in the Arab states, job placement support for refugees, and the impact of faith on livelihood planning.

I have contributed a chapter entitled ‘The Saudi experiment with career guidance‘ which explores the current situation for career guidance in Saudi Arabia.

More information about Career Guidance and Livelihood Planning across the Mediterranean.

Free sample of two chapters from the book.


Moments of Choice (CDI Student Conference 2017)

Moments of Choice

Today I’m in Coventry talking about our Moments of Choice research to the CDI Student Conference. In essence this is about using behavioural economics approaches to think about career decision-making. It also raises some important issues about the ways in which we use information to support career decision-making.

This is the sort of thing that I’m going to cover.

Moments of Choice

Open call for paper: NICEC journal

The call for the next issue of the NICEC journal has just come out. In order to enable a wide and varied spectrum of contributions, there is no specific theme identified for this issue. Accordingly, papers are invited on any subject related to career development.

Topics could include:

  • Innovation in concepts or theories
  • Current labour market issues 
  • The organisation, management or marketing of career support services 
  • Public policy and careers work 
  • Specific contexts for practice (including school; university; welfare-to-work; careers within organisations) 
  • Innovation in service delivery; new tools, technologies and models 
  • Global or international perspectives  
  • Social justice, critical pedagogical and emancipatory practices 
  • The role of learning in the support of career development 
  • Fresh critical perspectives 
  • New case studies and other empirical work 
  • The training and education of practitioners  
  • Professionalism 
  • Any other topic related to career development

Potential authors should note the following deadlines:

  • Expressions of interest supported by an article title and brief abstract (100 words) – 22nd May 2017
  • Full draft article – 19th June 2017
  • Final manuscript – 14th August 2017

For enquiries and expressions of interest, please contact the editor,  Pete Robertson:


NICEC Journal 38 now out!


The latest issue of the NICEC journal is now out!

It looks like a fantastic one and features the following.

  • Editorial – Phil McCash
  • Virtual truths: a citizen’s-voice view on Ireland’s public employment service – B. Grace Meadows
  • A professional identity for career guidance practitioners? – John Gough
  • Fog in the channel – continent cut off. The implications of Brexit for career guidance in the UK – Tristram Hooley
  • Resources and readiness: the graduate capital perspective as a new approach to graduate employability – Michael Tomlinson, Hazel McCafferty, Helen Fuge and Kathryn Wood
  • Group guidance – is it time to flock together? – Susan Meldrum
  • Experiential work-based learning as a social mobility mechanism for widening participation students – Rachel Roberts, Laura Brammar and Fiona Cobb
  • Disney strategy for Japanese university students’ career guidance: a mixed methods pilot study – Yasuhiro Kotera and David Sheffield
  • Meditation on motherhood: multiple-identity negotiations within a changing sense of self – Ananda Geluk
  • BOOK REVIEW. Graduate Employability in Context: Theory, Research and Debate, edited by Michael Tomlinson and Leonard Holmes – reviewed by Gill Frigerio

You can subscribe to the print version of the journal or get access to it via a personal or institutional online subscription.

Don’t matter how you get it, just get it if you can.