Four NICEC Fellows are looking forward to contributing to the forthcoming CDI & NICEC "At the Cutting Edge" online Seminar on the 25 April 2024. 

Focussed on Hybrid Working, the seminar will "explore the impact on hybrid working on an individual’s ability to navigate their careers and have access to opportunities, and we will also apply the principles of design thinking to re-imagine the way careers support and guidance can be provided in a hybrid workplace."


14.00 -14.10 Introductions and welcome – chaired by Rosemary McLean

14.10 -14.20 How to situate today’s topic in our context- Cathy Brown

Initially we will set the context to highlight how hybrid working has become a more natural way of working. In this introductory scene setting we will explore the prevalence, main influencers and summary implications for workers and employers.

14.20 - 14.45 What is the impact of hybrid working on access to career opportunities? - Nalayini Thambar

Hybrid Working is a mode to which many of us have become accustomed. Typically mandated as ‘work from home wherever possible’ at the start of the pandemic, employers have subsequently adapted and are still evolving practices to harness “the best of both worlds”. Those who are established in an organisation will be practised in navigating these approaches but there are new levels of complexity, even for the most confident and talented recruits stepping into a new workplace. For those in the early stages of their career, research and feedback indicate that their experiences are being dominated by screens while working remotely and significantly alter the ways to access tacit knowledge, develop appropriate behaviours and maintain wellbeing. Social mobility can be undermined, as can wider matters of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion which favours neither employees nor those who seek their talent. Reflecting on these evolving trends this session considers the important role of careers professionals in this space, whether supporting clients to engage with prospective employers, be selected and establish their career, or when partnering with employers to understand their evolving workplaces and support their attraction, recruitment, and retention.

14.45- 15.20 Is ‘integrated guidance’ a solution to support careers in a hybrid workplace? – Tristram Hooley, Ingrid Bårdsdatter Bakke & Julie Sikin Bhanji Jynge

Continuing the theme of the impact of hybrid working and the questions this raises questions for careers professionals and how best to respond. Should career guidance also become more hybrid, and if so, what does this mean. In this session we will present the idea of ‘integrated guidance’. Integrated guidance is based on the idea that career guidance is first and foremost an intervention to foster career learning rather than a particular methodology (e.g. face-to-face, one-to-one guidance). As such, it adopts approaches borrowed from design thinking to consider how we can reorganise guidance practice to meet clients’ needs and to make use of the opportunities offered by new technologies. In this session Tristram will encourage participants to reflect on their clients’ needs and explore the possibilities that are offered by adopting a digital or integrated approach to guidance.

15.20- 15.40 Breakouts

15.40 – 16.00 Plenary and conclusions.

Book your place At the Cutting Edge Seminar 2024 on The CDI website

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