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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. 

NICEC Journal- Open Call

In order to enable and encourage the widest possible range of contributions, there is no specific theme identified for the October 2021 issue of the journal. Accordingly, papers are invited on any subject related to career development. More information about this call can be found here

Early preliminary queries and/or expressions of interest prior to submission are strongly advised.
Please contact Phil McCash, p.t.mccash@warwick.ac.uk
Deadline for full submission prior to review is 30th June 2021.

Latest NICEC Journal, October 2020 issue 45

The latest NICEC journal will soon be available and we would like to thank our guest editors,
Anouk J. Albien, Bo Klindt Poulsen, Sanna Toiviainen, Miika Kekki, and Tristram Hooley .
This issue of the journal presents the work of a number of 'early career researchers' and present new voices which contribute to shaping the future career development field.

The eight articles cover a range of topics including life design, the gig economy, career adaptability and social justice. Information about the latest issue can be found here

Bill Law Student Memorial Award 2021

The award is a legacy and tribute to the work of Dr Bill Law, Founding Fellow of NICEC, who died in April 2017.  His work was recognised internationally and was significant in its impact on the way that career development is conceptualized and practised. The award will celebrate emerging innovation within the career development sector and importantly, the relationship between research, theory and practice. 

This is an award for a student who is on or has recently completed (within the last 12 months) any relevant programme such as anyone studying for a level 6 level in career development (including career leaders), PGDip/Masters/SCQF 11 and Doctoral students or a CIPD programme.
More information about eligibility criteria, judging criteria and application procedure can be found here.

How to enter

There is a two-stage process: (1) submission of an abstract (outline, draft, or plan) of approximately 250 words (excluding references) by 30th November 2020. (2) a selection of abstracts will be invited to be developed into a 2,500 word written paper in a style which is in line with NICEC Journal writing style guide and submitted by Friday 29th January 2021.  You are free to choose your topic, but we anticipate that you will write about something you have learned whilst on your course or undertaking research or practice.  Only one entry per person is permittedThe submission should present previously unpublished work.

The submission should include the cover sheet which can be found on the NICEC website here.
We look forward to reading your applications. 

2020 Bill Law Student Memorial Award Winner is Jacky Rattue

This is just the second time the award has been made. The judging panel members were very impressed by the range and quality of entries.  Jacky Rattue’s winning entry on her Masters research into student perceptions of artificial intelligence was described as,

… the literature review was extensive and broad, and the author had picked a topic that is hugely significant and one that career practitioners need to be more aware of.

…the author provided some good practical implications for practitioners.

…the topic is spot on in terms of relevance to career professionals right now and the work was extraordinarily well researched from a literature point of view.

The winning entry can be accessed here (appendices here).

The judging panel congratulates all the entrants for their superb work and in particular, Emily Roisin Reid’s entry reflecting upon Bill Law’s community interaction theory was highly commended.


The award is a legacy and tribute to the work of Dr Bill Law, Founding Fellow of NICEC, who died in April 2017.  Bill’s work was recognised internationally and was significant in its impact on the way the career development is conceptualized and practised. The award celebrates emerging innovation within the career development sector and importantly, the relationship between theory and practice. 

The award is made to a current or recent student who presented significant research and/or innovative practice to a panel of judges appointed from the NICEC Fellowship.   The prize is a £50 book token, free attendance at NICEC seminars and network meetings for a year, public recognition via the NICEC website, and support to publish as appropriate.

Next NICEC Event 24th September 2020
T' Levels: Will they solve the vocational problem? [Online] 2.00-5.00pm 

NICEC's next network event is all about the new T levels. What would you advise a young person about them? In an uncertain labour market, will T levels work? What are the alternatives? Are they an option for adults? What are the real progression routes from T levels? Will this change to vocational education be any different?
More information about the event can be found on our events page.
To book a place at the event please see here

Latest NICEC Journal April 2020

The latest NICEC journal will soon be available and we would like to thank our guest editors, Fiona Christie, Eileen Cunningham and Kath Houston for this timely and topical issue. The focus of which is on decent work and uncertainty.

The eight articles cover a range of topics including trade unions, unpaid graduate internships, action research and graduate employability.

Papers include:
  • Trade unions and career services: Potential partners for promoting social justice at work – Peter J.Robertson, Nick Cimini, Jouke Post, and James Corry
  • Change it up, change the system! Exploring career development learning and social justice through action research – Anne Delauzun
  • ‘He who is silent is taken to agree’: University careers services and the problem of unpaid graduate internships – Helen Buzdugan
  • Place-Identity in boundaryless careers: Narratives of medical students from lower socio-economic class backgrounds – Emily Róisín Reid
  • Maintaining the promise without killing the dream: Developing resilience for future ‘graduate’ careers – Tracy Scurry, Ciaran Burke, John Blenkinsopp, and Ann Smart
  • Responding to career uncertainty: Applying a dual-empathy’ approach to career development using corporate strategy theory – Naeema Pasha
  •  Revisiting the CareerEDGE model of graduate employability –Lorraine Dacre Pool
  •  Expectation and interaction: Student and employer approaches to university careers fairs – Jodie Boyd and Stephen Boyd
Information about the issue can be found here.

Indian Journal of Career and Livelihood Planning (IJCLP)

The papers in this issue represent the efforts of authors from 7 countries.  The topics addressed are equally wide-ranging and comprise the following: 

  • Guest Editorial:  The Draft New Education Policy 2019:  Many Promises for Career Professionals (Glenn C. Kharkongor, India).
  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as Semitoic Resources in Career Guidance: Exploring a 10th Grade Boy's Sociopolitical Motivations in Delhi, India (Aditi Arur and Mansi Sharma, India). 
  • Sustainable Employability and Continuous Career Development: Experiencing the Value of Core Qualities (Gert van Brussel, The Netherlands).
  • A Preliminary Comparison of Career Education for Youth among Ten Asian countries: A Synthesis of Country Reports from the 2017 ARACD Conference (Hyuncheol Kim and Takao Mimura, Korea and Japan).
  • Career guidance for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in the Emerging Social Inclusion Context in France (Girish Muzumdar, France).
  • Protective and Risk Factors in Career Development (Iva Šverko and Toni Babarovic, Croatia)
  • How can People with Intellectual Disabilities use YouTube as an Alternative Search Engine on the Internet? (Kjartan Skogly Kversøy et al., Norway)
  • Students as Agents of Change in Career Education (Stephen Carrick-Davies, UK). 

This is an open access journal.  Do feel free to send this information on to others in your network.  .  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_vol_8_2019

Journal of the National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling October 2019, Issue 43

The authors reflect on programme design, review the development and implementation of career learning frameworks and tools, and explore external and internal contextual factors that influence the career learning process.
Papers include:

  • Mid-life career reinvention: Dancing with fear and confidence by Laura Walker
  • Evaluating the helpfulness of a co-construction approach to career learning and development programme design by Lis McGuire
  • The training and development of careers leaders in England: Reflections on provision by John Gough
  • An evaluation of the INSPiRED teenager framework by Lewis Clark and
    Carolyn Parry
Information about the issue can be found here

Career Development Policy and Practice: The Tony Watts Reader

Tony Watts, Founding Fellow of NICEC, retired in 2015, after decades of work in career development. To mark this event, NICEC published Career Development Policy and Practice: The Tony Watts Reader, with the idea of bringing together Tony’s most important writings into a single volume. Much of his work is out of print and much of the rest is tucked away in journals that can be difficult for people to access outside of universities. The editors, NICEC Fellows Tristram Hooley and Lyn Barham, wanted to draw the most enduring stuff together and give it another lease of life. The book offers a compendium of Tony's most influential writings and is a must for researchers and practitioners within the career guidance sector.
The book can be ordered online at  http://www.lulu.com/shop/tony-watts/career-development-policy-practice-the-tony-watts-reader/paperback/product-22836918.html
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