Graduate dress code article now published!

I have just published an article with Beth Cutts and Julia Yates called Graduate Dress Code. The article explores the relationship between students’ identities, their ideas about professional appearance and their anticipated transition to the world of work.

We interviewed 13 students about their careers and ideas about the world of work. We found that they viewed clothing and appearance as an important aspect of their transition to the workplace. They believed that, if carefully handled, their appearance could help them to fit in and satisfy the expectations of employers. However some of our participants anticipated that this process of fitting in might compromise their identity and values.

The article looks at how students’ handle the tension between adapting to a new environment and ‘being themselves’. We argue that this process of transition is intertwined with wider facets of identity – most notably those associated with gender.

I’d be really interested to hear what people think of what we’ve written.

Cutts, B., Hooley, T. and Yates, J. (2015). Graduate dress code: How undergraduates are planning to use hair, clothes and make-up to smooth their transition to the workplace. Industry and Higher Education, 29 (4):271-282.


What next for careers education in schools?

I’ve published a piece in The Guardian today about careers education.

Once upon a time when a young man or woman set out into the wide world they could seek help from the Careers Service. The Careers Service worked with schools to support career exploration and decision making, but crucially also worked with young people once they left school to aid their transition. It was a public service which was available to all.

Read more…

There is an opportunity to add comments at the bottom of the article. It would be great if people were able to use this as a platform to talk about how current policy is working out in schools at the moment. 

Some highlights from my time on posterous

As you’ve probably spotted I have moved this blog from Posterous today due to the decision to close that site down. I hope you like the new look.

One of the things that I will lose is the webstats. This is a shame as it was always interesting to see what people were actually reading.

Posterous informs me that I had 161389 views of the 586 posts on my site. Posterous doesn’t make looking at stats very easy and I know that the site lost all of my hits at least once. Nevermind, I don’t do this for the glory!

I thought that I might flag some of the most popular so that people could find them on the new WordPress site.

All of the following posts had over 300 views on the old site and might be worth a second look.

Hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane!

Careers 2020 – Options for future careers work in English schools

We have just published a new paper called Careers 2020 – Options for future careers work in English schools with the Pearson Think Tank.

The paper reviews the evidence around careers work in schools and explores different models of provision. The paper argues that there are three distinctive approaches to the delivery of careers work in schools which it describes as:

  • activity-based approaches
  • service-based approaches
  • curriculum-led approaches

It is argued that current government policy lead schools towards activity-based or service-based approaches but that the evidence base supports the idea that curriculum-led approaches are most effective.

The Pearson Think Tank are building on this paper with a survey of schools. Schools are invited to complete the survey to help Pearson to increase understanding about the current state of careers work in English schools.