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. 

There is a lot happening at the moment so please take the time to review the opportunities presented by NICEC including: a call for papers for the October 2019 edition, our next seminar on 20th March and information about our forthcoming conference in April in Manchester. 

Next NICEC event
Occupational skills shortages and local labour market 

Wednesday 20th March 17.00- 18.30, Hamilton House, London
Presenter: Charlie Ball, HECSU 

There has been significant debate about the balance of graduate supply and demand in the UK. Much of the higher profile public comment, particularly from media figures, has focused on the perception that too many graduates are emerging from university, particularly with degrees that are not considered to have a vocational component. Less frequently, there is discussion of shortages, usually in STEM, healthcare and, increasingly, teaching. The data environment is not always clear. We have excellent data on graduate supply, thanks to data collected through the Higher Education Statistics Agency, HESA, and the long-running series of examinations of destinations. But the acquisition of matching high quality data on graduate demand has long been a serious concern and has made it difficult to get a fully-realised picture of some of the imbalances that take place. Booking information available on the events page.

NICEC conference 2019 Update 

NICEC, the National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling) invites you to its conference ‘Changing Boundaries; career identify and self: An international conference on research, practice and policy in career development’  which is to be held in Manchester on 16th-17th April 2019. 

The programme reveals keynote speakers from the Australia (Mary McMahon), Denmark (Rie Thomsen) and the USA (John Amaechi and Michael Arthur) and a wide range of sessions from contributors from all over Europe. We will explore themes such as, career identity, innovation in practice, social justice, career research, and include presentations from Tristram Hooley, Jenny Bimrose, Peter Plant, Wendy Hirsh, Stephen McNair, Fiona Christie, Mark Yates, Rosie Alexander…. and many others you may have yet to meet

Further details and booking information can be found at  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/changing-boundaries-career-identity-and-self-an-international-conference-on-research-practice-and-tickets-48343197806   For any queries, do please contact info@nicec.org

Looking forward to welcoming you to Manchester.

Call for Papers for NICEC Journal October 2019

The theme of next issue of the journal will centre around career learning and the interplay between theory, practice and research.  Accordingly, papers are invited that explore career learning at different stages of career development, from primary through to later working life. Topics and settings might include:

  • The development of practice to address the Gatsby benchmarks in schools and colleges
  • Re-defining the role of Career Leaders in schools and the place of theory
  • Higher education, employability, and career readiness for unknown futures
  • The place of career coaching and talent management in retention and progression in employment
  •  Research based community activities supporting career learning for disadvantaged, vulnerable or marginalised groups

For enquiries and expressions of interest, please contact the editors:

Michelle Stewart: michelle.stewart@canterbury.ac.uk

Lyn Barham: lynbarham@gmail.com

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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 October 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. This issue has a focus on lifelong guidance with articles exploring the needs of older people, generation Z, contemporary techniques for coaching and an update on guidance developments in Norway

A few examples of articles include
  • Geronto guidance: Lifelong guidance  by Peter Plant, Inger Marie Bakke and Lyn Barham
  • 'The world is your oyster': Exploring the career conceptions of Gen-Z students by Steve Mowforth
  • Career coaching tools: Evidence-based techniques for practice by Julia Yates
  • Moving from information provision to co-careering: Integrated guidance as a new approach to e-guidance in Norway
  • Building career mobility: A critical exploration of career capital by Cathy Brown and Tracey Wond
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


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