Career education and guidance – the changing landscape

Career guidance - future of HE

I’m speaking today at the Festival of Higher Education, University of Buckingham. I plan to talk about the rationale for career education, the evidence that supports it and to say a little about where we are in the current policy and practice environment.

This is what I thought that I’d cover.

Career education and guidance – the changing landscape

Global, European and UK career guidance policy


Today I’m heading back up to the University of Derby to deliver a session on the MA in Careers Education and Coaching. In this session I’m going to try and get students to think about the policy, politics, legislation and regulation that sit around and various constrain and enable career guidance.

This is what I’m planning to cover…

Career guidance policy presentation for the MA

Robert Halfon: careers speech at Westminster Academy


On Monday Robert Halfon, the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister gave a speech about careers.

There was lots of good stuff in this speech and it is well worth a read. In particular there are some very positive noises about extending provision, raising quality, supporting professionalism and increasing accountability.

Highlights include…

I also want to root our approach to careers provision firmly at the heart of the government’s focus on social justice, and our desire to make sure that everyone, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to progress in life…

We need to spread good practice more widely. We have begun to do this by adopting a clear, evidence-based approach to what works, and to ensure support is getting to where it is most needed…

It is clear to me that if we are truly to meet the needs that our economy has for the full range of skilled workers, we need to drive improvements in productivity, and this relies heavily on a stronger and better system of careers advice and guidance…

I want to ensure that great careers guidance provides the first rung on the ladder of opportunity, helping everyone to achieve their full potential.

The only thing worth fighting for is the future

Last week I gave a lecture at the Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy at the University of Melbourne. The lecture examined the interface between career guidance, public policy and politics. It particularly argued that we need to refocus our thinking about career guidance around a social justice agenda.

The presentation is now available to view in full.

The only think worth fighting for is the future: Rethinking career guidance as an instrument for social justice