How careers work

A couple of weeks ago Wendy Hirsh gave a brilliant presentation to the University of Derby as her inaugural professorial lecture.

You can now view a video of that lecture on the University of Derby website.

How Careers Work – Observations of an applied researcher



Call for memories about iCeGS

2013 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the foundation of the International Centre for Guidance Studies. We hope to make some further announcements about how we will celebrate the fifteenth year later on in the year.

One of the main things that we are doing to mark the anniversary is to write and publish a short history of the Centre. We are working with the East Midlands Oral History Archive to produce this history.

We would be interested in any memories that people have about the Centre. In particularly we are looking for the following:

  • How has the International Centre for Guidance Studies influenced or impacted on your work?
  • Did any work, research, training or consultancy that you have commissioned from the Centre make a big impact on your practice or your organisation?
  • Are there any publications or events that you have found particularly useful or interesting?
  • Do you have any anecdotes about your visits to the Centre or any other interactions with Centre staff?
  • Do you have any photos or images that we might be able to use in the history of the Centre? (we can digitise if you don’t currently have a digital copy).

We are interested in stories, pictures and experiences from across the history of the Centre from 1998 (or before) through to today. 

If you have any memories, images or experiences please send them to Colin Hyde at the East Midlands Oral History Archive. Contact Colin at:

Colin Hyde
East Midlands Oral History Archive
Centre for Urban History
University of Leicester
Tel: 0116 2525065

Social media interns programme (SMIP)

We run the initial training sessions for this years social media interns programme tomorrow. If you want to find out a bit more about this programme have a look at the article we published in the NICEC journal last month.

These are the slide that we are using to get the students going. The idea is to make it a substantive session on career management with just enough technology tips to get them started. They can then go away and puzzle it out for themselves.

An experiment in blended career development: The University of Derby???s social media internship programme

I’ve just published a new article (co-authored with Debra Longridge) about the social media internship programme that we ran at the University of Derby last year.

Longridge, D. & Hooley, T. (2012) An experiment in blended career development: The University of Derby’s social media internship programme. Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling. 29.

As ever we’d be interested in any ideas or comments on this, particularly as we are just running it for the second time this year.