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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 Seminar: A Bill Law retrospective, Thursday 2nd July 2020 16.30- 18.30 (BST) [Online]

Revisiting some of Bill's key thinking in the current careers work context

Bill Law (1935-2017) was a Founding Fellow of NICEC. He devoted his entire working life to career education and counselling theory and practice, as a secondary school teacher, school counsellor, higher education lecturer, researcher, writer and, above all, an innovative and critical thinker. He continued to post entries on his Career Learning Café website right up until a few weeks before he died three years ago.

In this seminar we will revisit a few of Bill’s principal pieces of work, to examine their relevance to careers work today and how we might make best use of his ideas in a contemporary context.


Welcome and introduction to Zoom: Michael Larbalestier, NICEC Fellow (Seminar Facilitator)

The Bill Law Memorial Award 2020: Jane Artess, Chair of NICEC

Bill Law - the man and his work: David Andrews, NICEC Fellow

DOTS, career learning theory, community interaction: Phil McCash, NICEC Fellow and University of Warwick

Narrative approaches to career counselling: Hazel Reid, Emeritus NICEC Fellow and formerly Canterbury Christ Church University

Curriculum and professional development: Anthony Barnes, NICEC Fellow

Booking information can be found here

NICEC and the Career Development Institute  (CDI) present
At the Cutting Edge: Research into Practice Event [Online] 30th June, 3.30-5.20pm

Twice each year NICEC and the Career Development Institute collaborate on a Cutting Edge event for practitioners. This session seeks to share examples of how digital transformation is impacting the way careers support and services are being provided. We will challenge careers practitioners to consider how client expectations and behaviour is influencing how and when they want to ‘consume’ careers guidance and information. We’ll also consider the theoretical and practical implications for career practitioners of the shift towards digital.

Contributor Profiles

Michael Larbalestier

Michael is a digital learning and innovation consultant, with a background in career guidance and coaching. He has designed and delivered classroom-based learning, digital and blended learning experiences for a range of audiences.  In his consultancy work he helps organisations review products and services, developing digital solutions built around the needs of their customers. 

Rosemary McLean

Rosemary is a registered Career Practitioner and Chartered Occupational Psychologist with many years’ experience in the careers field. She now enables organisations to develop and shape career development strategy to support business goals and align individual aspirations and passions with internal opportunities. Her consultancy work within Career Innovation Ltd is international, increasingly virtual, and underpinned by research. She also designs and delivers career development workshops, and has recently been involved in developing a next generation on-line careers tool platform to scale up careers support.

Daniel Mitchell 

Daniel Mitchell works as a Careers Consultant for the University of Reading leading on their Finalist engagement initiative, which aims to raise the ambitions, skills and ability of their final year undergraduate students by engaging them in a range of new activities. As part of his role, he also supports students from the School of Literature and Languages, which includes subjects covering English Language, English Literature and Modern Languages. Daniel has worked in Careers for just over four years and previously managed an employability award and research internship scheme and it was in this role that he received an AGCAS Award for being an Outstanding Newcomer in 2017. He is currently working towards his Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance and Development at the University of the West of Scotland.

Nicki Moore

Nicki has worked in many roles across the career development sector for 24 years including as a practitioner, researcher and teacher. Nicki holds the post of Senior Lecturer in Career Development at iCeGS. She currently leads the continuing professional development strategy for iCeGS and is the programme leader for the Masters in Careers Education and Coaching.  Nicki has also written a number of professional guides for those practitioners working in an operational context most recently to support the widening participation agenda. Nicki is currently a member of the CDI Board where she leads on the Digital Strategy. She is a Legacy Fellow of the Career Development Institute a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a NICEC Fellow.

More information about the event can be found here

Places are limited to 90. Please book through the CDI website to receive the joining link. 

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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