Alongside the NICEC Journal, NICEC Seminars and Network meetings are the key means of sharing ideas and evidence around our network of Fellows, members and other interested people.


NICEC holds 6 Fellows meetings per year. These are followed by either early evening seminars (4 a year) or full afternoon Network meetings (2 a year).

NICEC seminars and network meetings are included in the membership fees paid by Fellows and Members.
Others are most welcome to attend for a modest charge - £20 for seminars and £40 for Network Meetings.

Please contact: Dr Robin Mellors-Bourne

Upcoming NICEC events

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 (CDI) 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. 

Future planning -  Proposed events for 2020

Thursday 2nd July  - A Bill Law Retrospective
Thursday 24th September - Network Meeting, T Levels and Vocational Pathways 
Monday 16th November, Careers Work in Organisations

Potential topics include:

Careers Provision in Further Education
Inter-generational personal career theory
Career adaptability and practitioners
Career development work within organisations
Career coaching (outplacement)
International Perspectives

All events will normally be hosted at Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, Euston, London unless otherwise stated. We are endeavouring to move events to other parts of the UK. Our co-hosted Cutting Edge events with the CDI are hosted around the country.

Previous events
In recent months we have held Seminars & Network meetings on:
  • Decent Work and Career Development
  • Intergenerational personal career theory
  • Creating and using digital tools to support career guidance work in Higher Education and graduate contexts.
  • Career guidance and social justice: What does it look like in practice
  • The career professional pipeline
  • Returning to work
  • Occupational skills shortages and local labour markets
  • Career guidance with refugees: Practical lessons from research
  • A longitudinal study of young women's transitions in Tower Hamlets in an age of austerity
  • Impact of Brexit on careers
  • Career guidance and career decision making in Norwegian Schools
  • Can the 21st Century workplace be a sustainable and positive experience for all? How can we create ‘Good Work’?
  • Chaos, Madness and the Specials: taking one step beyond the Rat Race
  • What do we think practitioners need to know about career guidance needs of asylum seekers, refugees and migrant populations
  • Labour market inequality - implications for career development work
  • The Success Code: Self projection for the modest
  • Vocation, Calling or Career
  • The contribution of career events to career learning 
  • Appropriate attire for careers
  • Career education
  • Youth unemployment
  • The UK labour market
  • The Future Track project
  • Redesigning work-related learning
  • The National Careers Service and the market in career guidance
  • Professional development for careers advisers and careers coordinators;
  • Career-related learning pilots in Key Stage 2;
  • Foundation Degree Forward;
  • The UKCES work on ICT in career guidance

All sessions were led or facilitated by NICEC Fellows or other acknowledged experts in career guidance.

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