NICEC is a Fellowship of people committed to understanding and developing career education and guidance practice and policy in the UK and across the globe.

Our site aims to inform visitors of latest developments, NICEC events and news related to the NICEC Journal. Fellows and NICEC Members have access to the Journal and event materials via our Members’ site.

Latest News

Welcome to NICEC’s new website! Whilst the content is substantially the same as before, we hope that it is easier to navigate around the site and visitors find the design attractive. A significant change is that there is now just one private area for Fellows and Members which provides access to back copies of the NICEC Journal and materials from NICEC Seminars and Network Meetings.
Next NICEC event
At the Cutting Edge-Research into Practice

Career Guidance with Refugees: Practical Lessons from Research
11 February, 10.00 am-16.00 pm – The Welcome Centre, Coventry

Careers Guidance with Refugees: Practical Lessons from ResearchTwice each year NICEC and the Career Development Institute collaborate on a Cutting Edge event for practitioners. This latest Cutting Edge event in Coventry, a city of Sanctuary, will provide career practitioners with practical tools, ideas and insights from a transnational EU funded project led in the UK by Professor Hazel Reid of Canterbury and Dr Anne Chant from Canterbury Christ Church University. Six different countries are collaborating on solutions for integrating refugees and migrants into labour markets. Themes include working with diverse clients, inclusion, celebration of difference, the impact of severe disruption on people’s future life course and the power of courage and hope.

More information about the event and booking a place can be found here


Bill Law Memorial Award

Deadline for applications 30th January 2019

Recently NICEC announced a competition in memory and celebration of the late Bill Law.  As the closing date for entries approaches. As this is the first time the award is being made, we are very open a diverse range of topics and formats – from new pieces of writing, summaries of projects or assessed work, thought-pieces, videos, action research, etc., etc.  We welcome entries from recent or current students on formal courses or training programmes as well as those undertaking CPD. Entries should be submitted by 30th January 2019.  

 We plan to make the presentation at the NICEC conference in Manchester in April.   We welcome entries from recent or current students of all aspects of career development, including practice, research or policy development work in institutions, employing organisations and the community.

 Information to support applications, style guide and award information

  Good luck!

NICEC conference 2019

Changing boundaries: career, identity and self: An international conference on research, practice and policy in career development 
Date: 16th and 17th April 2019
Venue: Chancellor’s Conference Centre, Manchester
Abstract Deadline: September 30th 2018

The Fellows of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC) are delighted to invite you to take part in a two day conference to share perspectives on current and changing relationships between theory, practice and policy in career development.
Confirmed keynote speakers include Mary McMahon, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Queensland, Australia,  Michael Arthur, Professor of Strategy and International Business, Suffolk University, USA, Rie Thomsen, Professor MSO in Career Guidance, Aarhus University, Denmark and  John Amaechi, OBE, psychologist, consultant and basketball player.

Bookings are also now open for the conference.  Please use the link below. There are discounts for members/fellows and for contributors. 
There are lots of price options so do read carefully before selecting your ‘ticket’.   If someone makes bookings for you and your colleagues, do please ask them to make a separate  booking for each of you;  that way we know who is attending.
If you need accommodation the night before on April 15th please book direct with the Chancellors Centre mentioning the special discounted rate arranged for the NICEC conference  of £99 for 3 course dinner, bed and breakfast.

Bill Law Student Memorial Award

Information about the application process can be found here
Data protection
In line with new GDPR requirements NICEC has reviewed its data protection policy. Information about the data we store can be found here
Indian Journal of Career and Livelihood Planning 

The new issue (Volume 6, Issue 1) of the Indian Journal of Career and Livelihood Planning (IJCLP), is now online. 
The papers in this issue are an interesting and wide ranging collection.  In summary:
  • Vipin Negi and Sachin Kumar discuss the implications of the now increasingly common nonstandard forms of employment
  • Shashidhar Jagadeeshan draws upon his vast experience as a teacher to present the nuances of introducing students to the complex world of work they will shortly enter. 
  • Peter Robertson draws our attention to the contributions of Roy Bhaskar and Amartya Sen and presents the possibility of using their ideas as frameworks for new approaches to career guidance. 
  • From a practitioner dimension, Maribon Viray presents the findings of a quasi-experimental study of a school based career guidance intervention which shows significant improvements in career preparation status and a reduction in the negativity of career beliefs after the intervention. 
  • Sandra Buela, Rayan Miranda and Sajma Aravind examine the Government of India’s skill development initiatives and make the point that the interface between skill development and career guidance initiatives, not only in India but in many other countries, remains weak. 
  • Jyothis Paul’s report of career guidance services in the South Indian state of Kerala provides a shining example of what can be done for the systematic delivery of career guidance services through the State
Please click on the following url or copy and paste it to your browser to access the issue:  http://www.iaclp.org/indian_journal_of_career_and_livelihood_planning/current_journal
As you know IJCLP is an entirely open access journal.  Do feel free to send this information on to others in your network.  We would like as many people as possible to benefit from the IJCLP. 
We welcome you to either submit a manuscript of your work to be considered for publication in the IJCLP or, encourage others to submit.  Further information is available here on our website:  http://www.iaclp.org/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/10_Instructions
Latest NICEC journal 

The latest NICEC journal April 2018 is now available

The issue reflects on the complexity of 'career' and the need for an informed critique and a creative response to provide services relevant in the 21st century. 

A few examples of articles include
  • Seeking the good life - higher education careers services and moral philosophy by Donald Lush
  • Waiting for a career epiphany- a barrier to career decision making? - Kathleen Houston and Eileen Cunningham
  • A critical response to Hooley's Seven Cs of digital literacy by Tom Staunton
More information about this issue can be found here.

ICCDPP Symposium -  South Korea
In June 2017 the 18th symposium of the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy took place in South Korea. The event was attended by over 20 countries each of which produced a paper prior to the event documenting their approaches and strategies to career development issues in their country. 

The UK was represented by delegates from England, Scotland and Wales. Copies of their papers and those produced by the other countries can be found 

The Communique detailing the outcomes from the conference can be found here

Tony Watts Reader Professor Tony Watts is a pre-eminent figure in the field of career guidance. He retired in late 2014 after a 50 year career in the field. This single volume is dedicated to anthologising his work in a way that is accessible to students, policy makers, researchers and practitioners and contains Watts’ most enduring and key writings about career guidance.
You can obtain this unique publication via the Lulu website


If you are NICEC Fellow or Member and need information or a reminder of your password for the private area of the website please contact membership@nicec.org

We now have online access to the NICEC Journal for Fellows, Members and subscribers. See the Journal page for details.
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