Top 10 posts of 2019

It is the time of year for lists. So what have people been looking at on this blog during 2019.

  1. What is radical education? Topping the charts is an evergreen favourite that I originally posted in 2014. In this post I look at the idea of radical education and offer a brief summary of some of its main ideas.
  2. Employability: A review of the literature 2012-2016. Back in 2017 I co-wrote a paper reviewing recent literature on employability with Robin Mellors-Bourne and Jane Artess. It seems to have been useful to people as it is in at number 2 in the most viewed posts of this year.
  3. Where are we now? Reflections on career guidance policy and practice at the start of 2019. The next most popular post takes us back to the start of the year, when I was asking how good the current policy settlement was for career guidance in England.
  4. 10 things students should know about the UK graduate labour market. At number 4 is a presentation that Charlie Ball and I prepare for the Institute of Student Employers higher education conference at the end of 2018. Thankfully, we recently updated it for 2019 as 10 things you should know about the UK graduate labour market.
  5. Careers leadership in practice: a study of 27 careers leaders in English secondary schools. David Andrews and I published an article about careers leadership in schools this year which has also been viewed quite a bit.
  6. Comparing the parties policies on career guidance and related subjects. 2019 was also an election year and so I contributed this piece looking at where all the parties stood to the debate.
  7. How many millennials does it take to change an avocado? Why we need to move beyond generational theory. I got grumpy at the Career Development Institute’s student conference this year and decided that it was time to vent some spleen about some of the nonsense that I’ve been hearing about generational theory.
  8. Guest post: The 7 C’s of digital career literacy – in practice. The eighth most popular post of this year wasn’t written by me at all. Hailing from way back in 2012 Graham Kaye-Taylor looks at the 7 C’s framework that I developed and asks how does it work out in practice.
  9. Judging the record of the Conservative government on career guidance. More electioneering from me here. This time talking about how the Conservative Party’s record on career guidance stacks up.
  10. On £80,000 and why careers education should talk about earning and taxation more. Continuing with a theme, this post talks about one of the key events in the election campaign – an argument about pay and taxation. In this post I argue that if we had better career education we wouldn’t be having these kinds of debates.

So that’s what you were reading in 2019 on my blog. Quite a bit of politics, some old stuff and of course lots of adventures in career development!


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