Recording and materials from the seminar 

Obi Oputa's BeSMART slides

Gill Frigerio's list of further resources

Event description

The ethnic diversity of our profession matters, as does our ability to support clients from UK ethnic minorities. In this NICEC online seminar, career development practitioners from minority ethnic backgrounds will discuss their work, the importance of representation and their own perspectives on race equality and career development practice.

Seminar participants from all backgrounds will share their responses and consider how their own views and experiences impact their own practice, be it in career development research, delivery, education, or policy work.


Gill Frigerio, Associate Professor, Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Warwick: Race, culture and career development work – the issues we need to address.

Obi Oputa, Career Consultant, St Mary’s University, University of London: Insights from creating Be SMART: a targeted intervention for minority students.

Beckie Obro, Skills Development Scotland: Working in schools as a minority ethnic career development practitioner.

Panel discussion: With additional input from

Stephanie Rix, Executive Career Coach, Life’s Work Consulting and CDI Board member.

Annah Masahi, Careers Adviser, Skills Development Scotland.

Jayne Saul-Paterson, Freelance Career Coach and Trainer.

Nishi Mehta, Director, CM Talent and gender diversity specialist.

The sessions and discussion will address a range of questions including:

How can we further diversify our profession and attract/development more minority ethnic practitioners?
How can the particular career needs of different minority ethnic clients be better understood and met?
How do these needs impact on different sectors of career development work, from schools to private practice?
How can practitioners reflect on their own ethnic and cultural heritage to inform this work?

National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC) is registered in England and Wales under company number 06407049 at The Lodge, Willaston House, Cheerbrook Road, Willaston, Nantwich CW5 7EN
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