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, particularly our Network Meeting on 20th September and NICEC-CDI event in Bristol 7th November. Details below and on our events page.

Call for Papers
Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (April 2020 issue)


The guest editors for the next issue (Fiona Christie, Eileen Cunningham and Kath Houston) all have dual identities as practitioners and researchers, which leads them to be most interested in receiving expressions of interest from authors of articles that use theory and research to critically inform career development policy and practice.

Articles that address decent work and uncertain labour market and public policy contexts are particularly welcome. Initial expressions of interest by 15th November 2019. More information can be accessed here.

NICEC - CDI  event  - Reflective Practice in Action
Thursday 7th November, 9.30-3.15, Bristol venue TBC

This is a free event for NICEC and CDI members, booking and more information is available on our events page

Next NICEC event - Seminar

18th November 2019, 17.00- 18.30, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place

Careers Provision in Further Education

Speakers include

·        Russell George -  the context of work in FE including the roll-out of T' Levels 

·       Antony Barnes - the development of the Colleges Gatsby Tool Kit

·        Emily Tanner - insights form the Careers and Enterprise Company drawing on the                       Compass benchmarking toolkit

Share this event on Facebook and Twitter. Booking information can be found here 

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

The latest issue of the journal will be available shortly.
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
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 7, Issue 1) of the Indian Journal of Career and Livelihood Planning (IJCLP), is now online. 

This issue carries the following papers:

  • Shrestha et al., use a quasi-experimental, pre-post intervention design and report on the development and outcomes of a culturally resonant career guidance programme for community schools in Nepal.
  • Da Fonseca et al., present Cedefop’s skills panorama platform and guidance resources to discuss how online tools could be used to make labour market information useful.
  • Easton et al., present a  paper on reconciling organizational stress, cultural differences and quality of working life.
  • Kversøy et al., present a moving and inspiration paper that explores career possibilities for people with intellectual disabilities. 
  • Sultana, draws upon his experience of the Global South to reflect upon responding to diversity.
  • Oomen presents findings from her just completed doctoral research and draws attention to the role of parents in career guidance.
  • Bomford et al., provide an exclusive description of the newly published book: Creative Career Coaching: Theory into Practice.

Click on this link to access the issue: http://www.iaclp.org/indian_journal_of_career_and_livelihood_planning/current_volume_7   

The 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 2019 is now available. It presents a range of papers exploring current issues relevant to practitioners and researchers including papers that reflect underresearched groups and the impact of Brexit! 

A few examples of articles include
  • The political is personal: Brexit and the career aspirations of UK graduates by Marjory McCrory and Teresa Thomson 
  • Um, Err, Ahh! Career practitioners perceptions of weight: A thematic analysis by Corrine Holden, Christian Van Nieuwerburgh, Julia Yates
  • Who is supporting the career development fo refugees: The role of grassroots organisations by Gill Frigerio and Nasimi
  • The career development of gay men, lesbians and bisexuals by Adrian Handcock
  • Heteronormativity and barriers to successful career interventions, an exploratory study by Kristan Hopkins and Liane Hambly.

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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