Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery – final paper published


As you probably know a few weeks ago I gave my inaugural lecture. I have now published the paper of it as follows.

Hooley, T. (2015). Emancipate Yourselves from Mental Slavery: Self-actualisation, Social Justice and the Politics of Career Guidance. Derby: International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.

You can also view a video of the lecture and download the slides as well.


Get yourself connected

get yourself connected

We have just published a new paper looking at the role of new technologies in career guidance. We wrote the paper for the expert committee advising Norway’s Career Guidance Initiative and so it has a strong focus on the policy implications of new technologies in this field.

You can view the paper at

Hooley, T., Shepherd, C. and Dodd, V. (2015). Get Yourself Connected: Conceptualising the Role of Digital Technologies in Norwegian Career Guidance. Derby: International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.

Building world class career education and guidance in independent schools

building world class

I’ve been invited to address the HMC conference in St Andrews. I think that it has broken my record for the longest travelling time while in mainland UK – but I’m now here and I had a very interesting evening meeting various people from independent schools.

I’ll be talking about school based careers work in general – drawing on various reports that we’ve done over the years. I’ll also be drawing on some of the specific work that we did in independent schools as part of the Gatsby project. In general the finding of that study was that careers work in independent schools is pretty good and that these schools invest in the area fairly seriously.

It would be good to do a bit more work looking at this in more detail at some point in the future. In particular it would be interesting to look at what drives independent schools to invest in careers work when many state schools don’t.

One thing that I’ve heard on the grapevine recently is that the Independent Schools Inspectorate is prioritising careers work more strongly. I couldn’t find any details about this so I’d be really interested if anyone could point me to the right document.

Anyway this is what I’m going to say.

Building world class career education and guidance in independent schools

The economic benefits of career guidance


We have just published a new paper which looks at the economic benefits of career guidance.

Hooley, T. and Dodd, V. (2015). The Economic Benefits of Career Guidance. Careers England.

Our hope is that it provides a clear articulation of the value of career guidance to the economy and that this in turn makes the case for political and financial investment in the area.