What works? Work experience and volunteering

Have you booked to attend our next What Works seminar on 26th June 2017. The seminar will feature Jonathan Buzzeo (National Institute of Economic & Social Research) presenting some new research on work experience, job shadowing and workplace visits and Joy Williams (Institute for Employment Studies) who will examine what works when involving young people in volunteering.

Book your FREE place now!


The Careers & Enterprise Company – Research Seminar – 24th April

Bookings are now open for the next research seminar organised by The Careers & Enterprise Company.

It will feature

  • Jonathan Boys, The Careers & Enterprise Company, Geography matters: spending money where it counts.
  • Bart Shaw, LKMco, Held back or helped on? How educational outcomes impact on life chances for different social groups.

You can book online at Eventbright: The Careers & Enterprise Company – Research Seminar.

It sold out last time so book quickly before it is too late!

The Careers & Enterprise Company – Research Seminar (20th March)

We are organising a new series of research seminars at The Careers & Enterprise Company. The first seminar takes place on the 20th March and features me and Anthony Mann.

Book your (free) place on the seminar


16:00-16:30 Arrival

16.30 Introductions – Jonathan Boys (The Careers & Enterprise Company)

16:30 – 17:00 Professor Tristram Hooley, What works in careers and enterprise?

17:00-17:30 Dr Anthony Mann, Employer engagement in education: what today’s young adults got, what they wanted and what worked in helping them in adult working life

17:30 – 18:15 Questions and discussion

18:15 – 19:30 Networking

NICEC Seminar: Adult career decision-making: findings from qualitative research

NICEC Seminar

Monday  20th January  5.00-6.30

Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, Euston, London, WC1H 9BD

This seminar will provide an overview of the findings from qualitative research exploring how adults make career decisions. The study was commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and led by the Institute for Employment Studies.  The research consisted of 65 in-depth narrative interviews with adults, including 15 prisoners.

The research was an opportunity for a fresh look at how people approach career decisions. The sample, although modest in scale, was very diverse by life stage, employment and personal situation and skill/educational level.

Rosie Gloster and Wendy Hirsh will present the key findings including two models which were derived from the data. The first model illustrates the factors that influence adult career decision-making, including the key career issues people think about and the opportunities and constraints that shape their decision-making. The second model suggests five career decision-making styles which individuals may adopt, and also move between. Leigh Henderson will then discuss how the findings relate to the circumstances of prisoners.

The team will welcome discussion of the suggested models, the project findings which lie behind them and the implications of this research for career guidance.

The published report is available to download:




Please book with Stephen McNair, NICEC Fellow.

Email stephen.mcnair@niace.org.uk  Tel. 01603 737830

If your plans change, do please email Stephen as places are limited and others may be on a waiting list.

Attendance is free of charge to NICEC Fellows and Members.

Participants who are not NICEC Fellows or Members: please send a cheque for £30 contribution to speakers’ expenses, room hire and lunch, or bring cash on the day.

Cheques payable to: NICEC Ltd.,

To:       Dr Charles Jackson (NICEC Treasurer),

9 Preston Park Avenue, Brighton BN1 6HJ.

Ask for an invoice if you need one.

Those who become members of NICEC for 2011-12 will be able to recover this charge

NICEC Seminar: Career coaching: new world or old wine?

NICEC Network Event
Tuesday 26th November
1.15pm – 5.00pm Venue: The Work Foundation
21 Palmer Street
London SW1H 0AD

NICEC is a learned society for all reflective practitioners involved in career development work. Our Network Events are participatory and designed to enable informed and convivial discussion on important topics in our work. They usually take place over an afternoon and feature a range of speakers and contributions.

The title ‘Career coaching: new world or old wine’ has been selected to encourage a range of views to be expressed whether in affirmative, sceptical or transformative vein. Speakers have been invited from a range of contexts and asked to offer their distinctive ‘take’ on career coaching. There will also be opportunities in the break and plenary session for all participants to reflect, ask questions and indeed make their own distinctive statements. This promises to be a stimulating and enjoyable afternoon for anyone interested in this growing field.

View the programme and booking details

Youth Unemployment – NICEC network meeting 8th May

National NICEC Network Meeting
Wednesday 8th May 2013,
11 am –2.30pm (including lunch)
Room N103, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby

This meeting will consist of three presentations followed by a facilitated discussion on youth unemployment and therole of careers work. The session will offer opportunities for participant discussion and debate. As well as plenary question-and-answer and discussion sessions, small-group discussions will consider the particular issues raised for career development work.
  • Jo Hutchinson (iCeGS, University of Derby), The shifting landscape of NEET: Exploring the implications of policy and practice under the coalition government
  • Kelly Kettlewell (NFER), Engaging the disengaged.
  • Henrietta O’ Connor and John Goodwin (CLMS, University of Leicester), The making of the ‘precariat’: unemployment, insecurity and work-poor young adults in harsh economic conditions.
Please book with Stephen McNair, NICEC Fellow.Email 
stephen.mcnair@niace.org.uk , Tel. 01603 737830.
If your plans change, do please email Stephen as places are limited and others may be on a waiting list.
Attendance is free of charge to NICEC Fellows and Members. Participants who are not NICEC Fellows or Members: please send a cheque for £30 contribution to speakers’ expenses, room hire and lunch, or bring cash on theday. Cheques payable to NICEC Ltd., to Dr Charles Jackson (NICEC Treasurer), 9 Preston Park Avenue, BrightonBN1 6HJ. Ask for an invoice if you need one. Those who become members of NICEC for 2011-12 will be able forecover this charge.

Next two NICEC seminars

Monday 21st January                          Seminar 5.00 – 6.30 pm                      London 


Do primary school children’s career aspirations matter?

Speaker: Professor Eirini Flouri, London Institute of Education

There is very little research about the role of aspirations in the behaviour of primary school children.   However, aspirations at this age may be very informative.  As children are young, their aspirations may reflect their vision for the future rather than an assessment of their own limitations and constraints.  Are young children’s aspirations linked to their emotional and behavioural adjustment?  Are these linked to adjustment in spite of risk?  In other words, do aspirations over-ride or exacerbate the damaging effects of three important risk factors: family poverty, family disruption, and peer victimisation in school?  Data collected from children in the UK Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) allowed us to answer these questions.  The families were first surveyed when the children were 9 months old, with follow-ups at 3, 5 and 7 years.  At the age 7 survey of MCS, some 13,000 study children did a self-completion questionnaire, containing the question ‘When you grow up, what would you like to be?’  This seminar will describe the aspirations of the MCS children at age 7, and will discuss the findings from the analyses carried out to explore their role in children’s psychological adjustment and resilience. 


Tuesday 19th March                           Seminar 5.00 –  6.30pm                      London


What’s going on in the UK labour market? Myths and evidence

Speaker: Nigel Meager, Director, Institute for Employment Studies (IES)

This seminar will look at recent developments in the UK labour market and attempt to put them in a longer-term historical context. 

First it will explore the current situation.  In particular, despite the rather depressing regular headlines about unemployment, underemployment and the difficulties faced by young people in the current downturn, the UK labour market has shown itself to be surprisingly resilient in the face of recession and has performed far better since 2008 than most experts would have expected.  What has been going on?  How can we explain recent developments, and what might they mean for future prospect?


 Second it will look at some of the received wisdom about long-term labour market developments: we are constantly regaled with stories about more volatility in employment, the end of the ‘job-for-life’, the growth of ‘portfolio work’, self-employment and the like, alongside cultural shifts towards a high-pressure, long-hours culture, with falling job satisfaction.  Last, but not least, we hear that unskilled jobs are disappearing rapidly, and that those who enter the labour market without high-level skills are increasingly doomed.  We will confront some of these accounts with the available evidence, which suggests that the real picture is much less straightforward than the popular view suggests.



Costs: included in membership fees for NICEC Fellows and members. Seminars are charged at £20 and network meetings at £30 for non-members.

To book a place please contact

Professor Stephen McNair NICEC Fellow
Phone: 01603 737830
Mobile: 07594 590 572