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

Dates for 2019

Next NICEC-CDI event
Thursday 7th November     9.30-3.15pm Bristol, Venue TBC


Twice each year NICEC and the Career Development Institute collaborate on a Cutting Edge event for practitioners. This session is a special one as it builds on NICEC’s Bill Law Student Award recognising innovative and impactful research in our field, with each of our main contributors sharing their highly regarded research and its practical implications for practice.

In this session, you’ll be encouraged to reflect on the relevance and insights of the research for your own practice building on the core themes and concepts that are relevant to careers work wherever you practice. The session may also provide some inspiration and guidance for anyone who is considering doing some further study in the field of careers. It will be highly interactive and participative.

The programme for the day can be downloaded here
Booking for this event can be accessed here

Next NICEC event

Friday   20th September     NICEC Network Meeting         2.00- 5.00pm Hamilton House, London

Career guidance and social justice: What does it look like in practice

"Careers education and guidance is a profoundly political process. It operates at the interface between the individual and society, between self and opportunity, between aspiration and realism. It facilitates the allocation of life chances. Within a society in which such life chances are unequally distributed, it faces the issue of whether it serves to reinforce such inequalities or to reduce them". (Tony Watts).

We are currently living in a time of economic and political turbulence. Some argue that we are experiencing what Gramsci described as an interregnum, where the old world is dying and the new is struggling to be born. How can people be expected to build a meaningful and successful career in such a world? And for career guidance professionals what do such times mean for the kinds of practices that are possible and desirable.

Many professionals working in careers education and guidance have an understandable concern about engaging too closely with politics. Such an engagement seems to threaten important professional values around independence, client centredness and impartiality. However, others have argued that there is a need to recognise the way in which politics shapes both the careers of individuals and the practice of career guidance and to build a meaningful response to oppression and injustice.

But, what does this all mean in practice?

This NICEC network meeting will focus on translating the current debates about career guidance and social justice into practice. In the meeting contributors to Career Guidance for Social Justice and Career Guidance for Emancipation will explore how some of the ideas contained in these volumes can be translated into practice through a series of practice-based activities.

Speakers include

·        Tristram Hooley (Professor of Career Education, University of Derby)

·        Charlotte Chadderton (Professor of Education, BathSpa University)

·        Elnaz Kashefpakdel (Head of Research, Education and Employers)

·        Chris Percy (Independent researcher)

·        Rosie Alexander (Researcher, University of the Highlands and the Islands)

·        Phil McCash (Associate Professor, University of Warwick).

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Future planning - Dates for 2019

Monday 18th November - Seminar 5-6.30 pm

All events will be hosted at Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, Euston, London

Previous events
In recent months we have held Seminars & Network meetings on:
  • 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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