Have you mentored a young person? Fill in our survey

I’ve become really interested in mentoring. I think that it offers some exciting possibilities to harness community capacity to develop young people and to open up opportunities to build inter-generational solidarity.

I wrote a paper on the evidence base on mentoring for The Careers & Enterprise Company about a year or so ago. I’ve also published some work on online mentoring which opens up a whole load of other possibilities and issues.

I’m now looking at how mentoring works from the perspective of the mentor. We’ve created a survey for mentors who have been involved in supporting young people. We want to hear about your experience and see what you have got out of it.

So if you have been involved in mentoring a young person we’d really appreciate it if you could give us 10 minutes and fill in our (very short) survey.


Complete the mentoring survey


The class ceiling

class ceiling

Thanks to Steve Rooney for putting me onto the very excellent Class Ceiling website. The site is run by Sam Friedman, Daniel Laurison and Ian McDonald and funded by the ESRC and London School of Economics. It basically documents the enduring importance of class as a way of understanding British society.

The site is full of stories and statistics that make this point. Here are just a few to get you riled up.

  • In higher managerial and professional occupations people from working-class backgrounds earn on average 16% less than those from privileged backgrounds. This amounts to an average of £6,800. This grows if you look at more elite professions such as finance and medicine.
  • Although only a third of the population come from professional backgrounds they make up 73% of doctors, 62% of lawyers and 58% of academics.

This body of research is really valuable for discussions about social mobility and social equity.

Enjoy looking into it and channel your sense of outrage!

Which of these careers terms do you understand?


We’re trying to figure out what careers terms people do and don’t understand. We’d like to hear from teachers and careers professionals (especially those working in schools and colleges in England) about which terms are clear.

We’ve picked out a list of terms that we commonly use at The Careers & Enterprise Company and thrown them into a survey. All you have to do is work your way down the list and tell us which ones you do and don’t understand.

See the list

Decent work: live happier, live healthier


I’m involved in a project led by Vanessa Dodd at the University of Derby looking at the issue of ‘decent work’. The two researchers working on the project (Jacky Woods and Karen Hooper) have just presented initial findings as a poster (Decent Work Poster). This provides an overview of the project so far.

We’re looking for people to get involved by filling in our survey exploring your experience of work (decent or otherwise). We hope to publish the results both as a discrete UK study and also as part of a series of international papers exploring decent work in different countries.

Complete the decent work survey


Tell us your views on your working life – Survey on ‘decent work’

Getting a job is only the start. In general people don’t just want ‘a job’ they want one which pays them enough to live on, which in interesting, which offers them opportunities for career progression and so on. I’ve always thought that it would be worth politicians talking a lot more about improving the quality of job, rather than just promising to increase employment.

Because of this I’ve been working with some of my old colleagues at the University of Derby on an international research project looking at the concept of ‘decent work’ across a wide range of countries.

As part of this research we are really interested in your views on your working life.

This survey is for UK residents only.

The decent work survey

Survey on the online gig economy

The online gig economy allows people to sell their time or goods through platforms like Uber, Etsy, and Deliveroo.

One of my PhD students (Esther Galfalvi) is researching young people and careers practitioner’s attitudes to this new form of work. She has designed a survey for careers professionals who work with young people between 16-19. It would be great if you would complete this survey for her (it should only take about 10 minutes).

Complete the survey