Ruth Hawthorn

Ruth Hawthorn trained as a school teacher but it was later work in adult basic education in Cambridgeshire that took her into educational and career guidance for those adults who face difficulties entering or re-entering the labour market.  She developed a qualification at post-basic level for the RSA and founded a guidance service for adults in Cambridge. 

With the Unit for the Development of Adult Continuing Education (UDACE) under Stephen McNair, she helped promote and develop guidance for adults nationally, and she joined NICEC as a researcher in 1990.  She was a fellow of Lucy Cavendish, a college for mature women students at Cambridge, where she acted as admissions tutor. 

Ruth has worked on projects across the careers field, but always had a particular interest in how adults make career changes and what help is most effective.  In later years this included the guidance needs of refugees and asylum-seekers, and she has an ongoing interest in the career advice needed by older adults.