Call for papers – Imagining new perspectives on work: The role of career development in shaping futures

University of Derby Kedleston road site panoramic view.

The International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) has issued a call for papers for a conference to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

The conference will take place on the 23rd and 24th May 2018 in Derby and will be entitled Imagining New Perspectives on Work: The Role of Career Development in Shaping Futures.

Keynote speakers will include Professor David Blustein, (Boston College, USA), Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE (University of Warwick), Professor Tristram Hooley (Careers and Enterprise Company, University of Derby) and Dr Siobhan Neary (Head of the International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby).

The conference will focus on key themes shaping the concept of career and the way in which career guidance is theorised and practiced.  We are now seeking contributions from academics, researchers and practitioners interested in offering a 20 minute paper presentation. Indicative topic areas could include the following:

  • Global change and careers.  Industrial restructuring and careers, Innovation, skills and technology and their effect on work, Environmental change, Mega-cities, migration and mobility, 21st century careers in a post-work society
  • Careers in times of social and political change.  Political and economic changes including Brexit/Labour market change/The ageing society and older workers/The place of vulnerable groups in the labour market/ Educational change
  • Technology and careers.  Social media/The gig economy/Digital literacy and the digital divide/Developing the future practitioner

All presenters are required to produce an academic poster in addition to their 20 minute paper.  iCeGS would also be pleased to receive proposals for poster presentations.

Please email an abstract of no more than 300 words by Friday 17th November 2017 to Philippa Betts (iCeGS Administrator):   Abstracts must include the following: the overarching conference theme to which the paper is responding, workshop presentation and poster/poster presentation, presenter/s name, organisational affiliation and email address, paper title and outline of the paper.  We hope to confirm acceptance of proposals by 12th January 2018.

Conference information and registration details will be available shortly.


National Conference on Careers Work in Schools


Every year David Andrews organises a two-day conference for careers leaders in schools and for advisers and consultants working with schools.  This year’s event is in on 16 & 17 November, in York.  Keynote speakers include me! In addition there will be presentations from Claudia Harris (The Careers & Enterprise Company) and Professor Wendy Hirsh who will be talking about what’s really happening in the labour market.  The programme also includes updates on national developments, case studies of good practice and a workshop on evaluating impact.

Residential and day delegate options are available.  It is well worth booking a place if you can (see link below).

Flyer and booking form York 2017

Rethinking Career Development Conference, Derby, 21st and 22nd September – Programme now available

We are now able to provide a full programme for the Rethinking Career Development Conference in Derby on the 21st-22nd September.

We have extended the early bird booking until the end of June.

Book to attend Rethinking Career Development

View the full Rethinking Career Development Conference Programme

Programme for Rethinking Career Development

Tuesday 20th September
1930 ­ Conference pre­dinner

Day One: Wednesday 21st September
0900 – Conference Registration

1000 ­ Introduction to the conference and overview of keynote sessions (Plenary 1)  – Hazel Reid, Professor of Education and Career Management, Director of Research, Faculty of Education Canterbury Christ Church University

Careers in the cloud: Funny how the new things are the old things Kate Mackenzie Davey, Dean of College at Birkbeck, University of London and a Senior Lecturer in Organizational Psychology.

Rethinking social justice and careers work in the 21st century Nancy Arthur, Professor and Associate Dean Research, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary

1130 ­ Coffee

1200 ­ Seminars A
Seminar 1: The changing context for work and career

i. Rethinking career in Norway – fitting the map to the terrain Ingrid Bardsdatter Bakke
ii. What can career guidance practitioners do to advance social justice? Tristram Hooley

Seminar 2: Shifting theories and concepts
i. Careers below the surface Janet Sheath
ii. Calling or falling? A spiritual perspective on career development Gill Frigerio
iii. Pre­occupation; a counter narrative for career development Anne Chant

Seminar 3: Innovative practice
i. Developing best practice in the National Careers Service Marian Morris, Susan Mackay and Siobhan Neary
ii. Career registration. Can big data produce an evidence­-based approach to employability support in Higher Education? Bob Gilworth

1300 ­ Lunch

1345 ­ Poster session: all seminar presenters

1430 ­ Seminars B
Seminar 4: The changing context for work and career
i. Taxi! Understanding how boundaries shape cab driving careers Helen Cooper and Kate MacKenzie­Davey
ii. Away from job starts towards career pathways Jane Mansour
iii. Professionalising the career development sector in the UK Siobhan Neary and Claire Johnson

Seminar 5: Shifting theories and concepts
i. We’re all digital career researchers now Tom Staunton
ii. Normative criticism – a method for social justice in career guidance and counselling? Frida Wikstrand
iii. Frank, where are you ­ now that we need you? Peter Plant and Roger Kjaergaard

Seminar 6: Innovative practice
i. The Disney strategy ­ NLP skills for career consultation Yasushiro Kotera
ii. Supporting school students in making careers decisions ­ shifting teachers’ pedagogical perspectives Eleanor Bernardes
iii. Swotting up on career development Sarah Blackford

1545 ­ Coffee

1615 ­ Plenary 2 ­ Shifting theories and concepts (Chair: Hazel Reid)

Career development theories: past, present and future  Phil McCash, Principal Teaching Fellow in Career Studies and Course Director on Master’s programmes for career and employability professionals, Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Warwick

Finding and using ideas in career development Wendy Hirsh, Principal Associate, Institute of Employment Studies; Visiting Professor of Career Development, University of Derby; Visiting Professor, Kingston Business School, University of Kingston

Discussion in small groups followed by panel

1745 ­ Close of day one

Day Two: Thursday 22nd September

0900 ­ Seminars C
Seminar 7: The changing context for work and career
i. Supporting the global careers of international students Ellen O’Brien
ii. Careers service provision for international students in higher education: three case studies from European universities Erik Zeltner
iii. Learning from futuretrack: becoming skilful Jane Artess

Seminar 8: Shifting theories and concepts
i. New pedagogies, new potential: how careers professionals can harness technology to enrich the careers learning of their clients Laura Brammar
ii. Possible selves and career decision making Julia Yates
iii. Career learning for successful futures in a global economy – Beijing Institute of Education
Michelle Stewart

Seminar 9: Innovative practice
i. Career and migration decisions in two island communities Rosie Alexander
ii.Widening experiences of education and the world of work in rural communities Nicki Moore
iii. A hierarchy of career workers and researchers Jill Collins

1030 ­ Plenary 3 ­ Innovative practice (Chair: Rosemary McLean, Director, Career
Innovation) Question Time format panel
Janet Sheath Organisational Career Consultant and Lecturer on the Birkbeck Career Management Masters.
Claire Nix, CDI Board Director, Career consultant and trainer­ careers education, information, advice and guidance.
David Winter, Head of Research & Organisational Development at the Careers Group, University of London
4th panel member on adult guidance (tba)

1130 ­ Coffee

1200 ­ Seminars D
Seminar 10: The changing context for work and career
i. Decent work’ ­ what does the UN campaign mean for career development? Lyn Barham
ii. The sharing economy: selling time and resources in the digital age Esther Galfalvi
iii. The future of work ­ trends and innovation Tom Lakin

Seminar 11: Shifting theories and concepts
i. Normative criticism – as a method integrated into the career guidance and counselling session Mia Lindberg
ii. Labour, learning and risk: transfers from the organisation to the individual, and the implications for careers work Suzanne Rice
iii. Cultural learning, personal myth, transformation: new directions for career development theory, Phil McCash

Seminar 12: Innovative practice
i. Guidance in suits? Career coaching for everyone Gill Frigerio
ii. Enabling employees to take a “Career Health Check” and develop an agile approach to their career development. Rosemary McLean
iii. Career guidance, health and well­being Pete Robertson

1315 ­ Lunch

1415 ­ Open / reflective session

1530 ­ Plenary 4 (Chair: Julia Yates)
The Aspiration­-Engagement Model: A cultural preparedness framework to understand the interplay between individuals’ career development aspirations and their engagement with services provided by the State Gideon Arulmani, Director of The Promise Foundation, India,

Tristram Hooley, Professor of Career Education (University of Derby) and Senior Consultant (Careers and Enterprise Company)

Next steps and thank yous

1700 ­ Coffee and close

NB All timings and further details shown above are provisional and will be confirmed nearer the time. Conference dinner will start 1930 hrs Day One.

Updated information on the Rethinking Career Development for a Globalised World conference

NICEC is organising a conference entitled Rethinking Career Development for a Globalised World. The conference will take place on the 21st and 22nd of September at the University of Derby.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Nancy Arthur, Gideon Arulmani, Kate MacKenzie Davey, along with contributions from Wendy Hirsh, Tristram Hooley, Phil McCash, Hazel Reid and many others. A full programme will be published shortly.

There is still time to submit a paper or session for the conference.

Bookings are now open with early bird rates available until end of May 2016. Please look at all the ticket options; concessionary rates are available for NICEC members and Fellows, students and presenters. There are numerous ticket options to provide as much choice as possible.

 Book your place at the conference

Rethinking career development for a globalised world

21st – 22nd September 2016

Enterprise Centre, Derby

The Fellows of NICEC are delighted to be organising this two day conference, which will will provide a mixture of keynotes, debates, seminars and open discussion and will seek to address the big issues relating to the career development field.

To register your interest in attending or presenting at the event please use the Eventbrite booking system. At this stage we are asking people to register initial interest, and more information about the conference including costs and how to submit papers (if you are interested in doing so) will follow.

Rationale for the conference

Twenty years ago Tony Watts and other NICEC colleagues published Rethinking Careers Education and Guidance: Theory, Policy and Practice (Watts, Law, Killeen, Kidd & Hawthorn 1996).

This was unique as a multi-authored text that sought to integrate career education and career guidance and develop a more nuanced educational basis for our work. It featured new career learning theory and methods of measuring impact through learning out comes. It was argued that careers work is inevitably political and an influential framework was developed for understanding this. The role of career theory in one-to-one work was discussed in new ways. It was further recognized that careers work takes place within a range of international socio-cultural contexts and sectors (e.g. private sector, workplace, statutory, schools, colleges, universities, and communities).

Rethinking became a well-thumbed classic for reflective practitioners and a core text on reading lists, but it is increasingly out of date. In this conference we invite you to look forward to the next 20 years and ask:

  • What can we still take from Rethinking today?
  • What was missing? What voices, theories and contexts were neglected?
  • What now appear to be the dead ends, the fertile areas, the new paradigms?
  • How do we make sense of our field today?
  • Where does the future of the field lie?

Conference themes

The conference will be organised around three main themes as follows.

  • The changing context for work and career
  • Shifting theories and concepts
  • Innovating practice
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 at 09:30 Thursday, 22 September 2016 at 17:00 (BST) 
Enterprise Centre – University of Derby, . Bridge Street. Derby, Derbyshire DE1 3LD GB

Still time to book to attend the Careers 50/50 conference

There are still places available to book onto the Careers 50/50 conference.

On 14 -15 July, CRAC, is celebrating its 50th anniversary by hosting a major careers event in partnership with NICEC (the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling) The event will celebrate the work undertaken by CRAC, Vitae and Professor Tony Watts, co-founder of CRAC and Director of NICEC,1975-2001 over the last 50 years.

CRAC was set up in 1964 to improve the quality of careers work and career support in schools and to act as a link between the worlds of education and of work. NICEC was for many years a research and development organisation supported by CRAC ran its first project supporting transitions of doctoral researchers to industry in 1968. Over the last 50 years, CRAC has led a wide-ranging set of innovations in connecting students, researchers and employers, careers information and learning.

The celebratory event will reflect on the legacy of 50 years career development, guidance and learning, as well as consider the next innovations in careers thinking and support for the future. It will be a chance to stand back, and consider the future trends and possibilities and reflect on how we might change practice to meet these needs.

The agenda includes plenary speakers from around the globe including:

  • Professor Tony Watts (Founder of CRAC and NICEC)
  • Professor Ronald Sultana (University of Malta)
  • Professor Peter Plant (Aarhus University)
  • Professor Stephen McNair (NIACE)
  • Lynne Bezanson (Canadian Career Development Foundation)
  • Abhijit Bhaburi (Wipro Group, India)
  • Dr Jon Turner (University of Edinburgh)
  • Jimmy Brannigan (NETpositive Futures)

The event will be highly interactive and will include a number of facilitated table discussions to discuss key topics and issues.

An evening feast will take place at the end of day one in the prestigious Main Hall of St Catherine’s College providinga further opportunity to reconnect and network with colleagues.

The event has been designed so that combinations can be booked for those who are unable to make the whole celebration.

For more details on the programme and to book your place please visit

Education and Employers Taskforce

You’ve probably spotted that my blogging has slowed down over recent weeks. I’ve been writing a big report which I finished last night. I’ll talk about this more once it is officially out – but hopefully all the hard work will have been worth it. This means that I’ve done some interesting things recently that I haven’t had a chance to blog about.

One of them was attending the Education and Employers Taskforce research conference at the University of Warwick. This was an interesting, if highly ecclectic conference. However you don’t need to take my word for it as the papers are now available online at


Speakers included: Hugh Lauder (University of Bath), Hans van der Loo (Shell International), Louise Archer (King’s College, London), Phillipp Grollmann (BIBB, Germany), Stephanie Allais (University of Edinburgh), Prue Huddleston (University of Warwick), Ewart Keep (University of Cardiff), Jeremy Higham (University of Leeds) and William Richardson (University of Exeter).   

What is even better is that there is video of the keynote lectures, select papers and short films from leading contributors.


Well worth a look. In particular watch Hans van der Loo and Ewart Keep as they were probably the best papers I saw on the day.