This is where I’ll be speaking over the next few months. If you are interested in engaging me please visit my talks, workshops and presentation page


10th November – FACE seminar. Widening participation. Dealing with fishes out of water? In this seminar I will be presenting on the topic of Maybe it is time to change the water? A social justice approach to supporting careers and changing the world! I will discuss the case for career guidance contributing to diversity and social mobility and make the argument that Covid and the financial crisis beg the question as to whether helping more people to climb the social ladder is still a realistic aim for career guidance. I’ll introduce the five signposts of emancipatory career guidance and argues that they provide a new and relevant framework for the current moment.

11th November 2020 (1200-1330). ISE Student Recruitment Survey: Challenge and resilience in the year of Covid-19. Every year ISE publishes the results of the recruitment survey. The survey provides the student recruitment field with benchmarks and insights into what is happening: volumes of recruitment, salary, approaches to attraction and selection and what is being done to address diversity. In 2020 the findings are more important than ever as employers have been struggling to recruit and onboard against the backdrop of the pandemic. On Wednesday 11 November, I will unveil the findings of this year’s survey and discuss the implications for recruitment and for the wider student labour market.  

12th November 2020. Austrian Euroguidance Conference. A global pandemic and its aftermath – the way forward for guidance. Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdowns have had a profound impact on our lives and our careers. They have re-structured the labour market decimating some industries and boosting others. We have seen the different ways in which the state can influence the behaviour of individuals and businesses and this has shaken many of the assumptions about how the world works and should works. For individuals it has been a profound pedagogic moment, forcing people to reflect on their lives, how they are changing and what they believe to be important. The pandemic is far from over and its personal and political implications stretch far into the future. How should guidance practitioners help citizens to wrestle with the possible futures that exist. What can we do to help people to build their resilience and manage change, whilst at the same time empowering them to influence their lives and the societies in which they exist. In this keynote, Tristram will argue that many of the assumptions and ways of working that have served guidance well up to now will have to be rethought. He will argue that guidance practitioners need to become more digitally engaged, increase their focus on the social and community context of career and help people to find decent work and fight for social justice.

23rd – 24th November. National Careers Leaders Conference. What do you need to know to have an amazing career: Reimagining the CDI framework.


8-9th December 2020. ISE Apprenticeship Conference. I will be discussing current policy and data on apprenticeships.


1st February 2021 (5pm GMT/12 ET). Cannexus21, Canada. Reconstructing careers, reconstructing societies. Covid-19 has ravaged the world. While its primary effect has been on our health, it has also had a devastating impact on our working lives and our careers. Whole industries were shut down through the lockdown and many of them are struggling to find their way back. For young people entering the labour market the impact has been particularly devastating. In a period of recession what opportunities are available for young workers? Inevitably career development practitioners are left to pick up the pieces and to help people to find their way in the new world. In this presentation Professor Tristram Hooley will talk about how we can best help those most impacting by Covid to reconstruct their careers. He will argue that while the usual rules apply and it is important to work hard, be flexible and create opportunities, these approaches are not enough on their own. Covid has highlighted the social and inter-connected nature of our careers and we need to consider how we are going to rebuilt our society as we rebuild our careers. There is a lot of talk about a move to a ‘new normal’, but the nature of this new normal is open to debate. In this presentation we will consider how career development can contribute towards the creation of a new normal that is fairer and more socially just.

11th February (5pm-6pm). CDI East of England Group. Social justice and social mobility in career education and guidance. I’ll be presenting on the social aims and outcomes of career education and guidance, and suggesting practical ways forward.