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.

Open Call for Papers
Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling: November 2018 Issue
In order to enable a wide and varied spectrum of contributions, there is no specific theme identified for the next issue of the journal. Accordingly, papers are invited on any subject related to career development. As a rough guide, the following contexts and/or topics may be addressed. Any further suggestions to the editor would also be welcome.
Context(s) could include:
  • Workplace settings (e.g. career coaching, L&D, HR, outplacement)
  • Educational settings (e.g. schools, further education and skills, higher education)
  • Informal settings (e.g. community-based)
  • Career development work with young people in any context
  • Career development work with adults in any context
  • Any other relevant context
Topics(s) could include:
  • Creative practice
  • Innovation in relevant concepts or theories
  • Current labour market issues
  • The organisation, management or marketing of career support services
  • Emerging policy, corporate and/or governmental issues
  • Expanding and/or innovative services and areas of activity
  • Global, international or non-UK-based work
  • Social justice, critical pedagogical and/or emancipatory practices
  • The role of learning in the support of career development
  • New tools, technologies and models
  • Fresh critical perspectives
  • New case studies and other empirical work
  • The relationship with lifelong learning, employability, well-being or other areas
  • The training and education of people who provide career help
  • Any other relevant topic
Initial expressions of interest (100 word abstract) 31st March 2018
Final submissions 31st August 2018
Email the editor: Phil McCash p.t.mccash@warwick.ac.uk

Next NICEC event

Tuesday 27th February                         10.30 am – 4.00 pm                            Glasgow

CDI/NICEC At the Cutting Edge: Research into Practice
The topics will focus on social justice and evidence-based coaching tools.

Presnters: Tristram Hooley and Julia Yates, NICEC Fellows
50 free places are reserved for CDI members.

Seminars are free to Fellows and Members. Others can attend for a modest fee. Everyone
wishing to come to an event should book with Stephen McNair at: stephen.mcnair2@btinternet.com

Booking information can be found here.

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.

New issue of the NICEC Journal  -  October 2017

The latest edition of the NICEC journal  is now available, more information about  how to access the journal can be found here

This is a special issue commerating the work of Bill Law, a founder and eminent fellow, passed away at the age of 81 in May 2017. This issue is entirely dedicated to remembering and celebrating his leading role in NICEC, and his wide-reaching influence on career education and counselling. Within this issue there are articles from NICEC fellows (both current and emeritus) summarising and assessing Bill’s contribution, whilst giving a personal account of working with him.

It is also our pleasure to reprint articles written by Bill himself, so his voice comes through very clearly in this edition.

The edition (39) inlcudes the following articles:
  • Bill Law and his contribution to NICEC - A.G. Watts
  • 'A giant from whose shoulders we might see further': Bill Law's contribution to careers work in schools - David Andrews
  • Bill the communicator: Bill Law's Career Learning Theory has made its way abroad - Peter Pant
  • Bill Law's contribution to narrative in careers work: a story to be told - Hazel Reid
  • Guidance: Too many lists, not enough stories - Bill Law
  • On-line careers work- hit and myth - Bill Law
  • Points of Departure - Bill Law (Intorduced by Lyn Barham)

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

New European Guidelines for Policies and Systems for Lifelong Guidance Published! NICEC International Fellow John McCarthy of the ICCDPP (http://iccdpp.org/) lets us know that new guidelines for policies and systems for lifelong guidance have been published by the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELGPN).

The aim of these guidelines is to provide advice to policy makers in the education and employment sectors on how to develop policies for lifelong guidance and on how to organise career guidance services for the general population and for different groups in society.

The guidelines cover a range of issues that are common to all sectors and services: strategic leadership, access, funding, ICT, career management skills, careers information, quality assurance, evidence collection, and the training and qualifications of guidance practitioners.

They also provide separate policy advice for services for each of the following target groups: school pupils, VET participants, higher education students, adult learners, employed and unemployed persons, older adults, young people at risk, and disadvantaged groups in society.

The Guidelines for Policies and Systems Development for Lifelong Guidance: A Reference Framework for the EU and for the Commission 

may be viewed at the following links:




Sad News
Bill Law
It is with great sadness that the NICEC Fellowship announces the death of Bill Law on April 8th 2017. 

Bill was a founding Fellow of NICEC, esteemed colleague and dear friend.  In his 81 years Bill enhanced the work of generations of career practitioners with his thought-provoking writing and story-telling.   His tremendous contribution lives on in us all.  Here are a few of the comments Fellows made on hearing the news.

I will miss Bill greatly and NICEC meetings were so much more fun when he was there. I had the privilege to work on projects with Bill a couple of times and see at first hand the depth of his knowledge and his ability to think afresh each time. I will continue to hear his voice in my ear, and see his eyes, smile and hat in my mind's eye. The world is truly a better place for Bill having lived in it.

I shall miss a friend and mentor of the past 36 years.

I cannot quite imagine a world without Bill in it: questioning, innovating, challenging received wisdom, telling stories and all done with respectful curiosity. The careers world has lost a great thinker and writer - and I have lost a dear friend.

I am deeply, deeply saddened that we have lost Bill, but retaining his words, his wisdom, his influence, is a small step in addressing that sadness.

To read the Obituary published in the Guardian newspaper please click https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/apr/21/bill-law-obituary
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