I’m Tristram Hooley. I am a careers expert and am available for comment, editorial and opinion pieces, speaking opportunities and other things that interest me. I’m interested in career, career development, career guidance and career education. I’m also interested in social science research methods, learning technology and plenty more besides. I post about all of this stuff on this blog.
In the meantime we’ve written a blog for the Trotman blog which offers a sneak peak into the sort of material that will be in the book.
Why does good quality career support matter?
We are learning about our careers all the time. The next time you stand up in front of a class, some students will be deciding that they want to be a teacher or a careers professional, while others will be deciding that this is something that they definitely don’t want to do. Pretty much everything that happens in our life has the potential to influence our thinking about our career. Young people are soaking up these influences all of the time, from the internet, the TV, their parents and their friends. But, these kinds of influences tend to be limited by young people’s own networks and by the media that they are exposed to. This means that there are whole areas of the labour market that young people never hear about and that lots of what they do learn about how work operates is second hand and filtered through fairly unreliable sources. TV is full of dramas and comedies about hospitals and various kinds of cop shows, but your students would be well advised to view these as, at best, a very partial source of career information. This is even true of the so-called ‘reality’ shows which students might be inclined to trust more. Your careers programme should engage with these media representations, but also offer some alternatives.
In this presentation I’m talking about some new research that I’m doing which looks at the rhetoric around ‘the changing world of work’. I’m going to argue that the ‘changing world of work’ term has become highly ideologically loaded and that we should be sceptical about viewing it as a useful prediction about what might happen in the future.
I’m then going to build on the chapter that I wrote in Career Guidance for Social Justice to think about what the role of career guidance might be in addressing some of these issues.
We’ve just announced that we’ll be recruiting a new position to the Careers & Enterprise Company research team. We are putting in place a new Head of Research position to work with me in my role as Director of Research.
The role will be responsible for leading research projects for the Company, for managing and mentoring more junior staff, writing and quality assuring research outputs and building and developing the Company’s relationships with other research organisations working in the education and employability field.
This will include leading activities around the evaluation of the Company’s programmes, for the production of a range of regular publications (e.g. What Works? Cold Spots, State of the Nation) and the development of breakthrough new research.
This is a really exciting opportunity and I hope that people will consider applying.
Today I’m at the Midlands NCOP Practitioners Conference in Birmingham. I’ve written often in the past about the need to try and bring careers people and widening participation and outreach people into closer alignment. Today I’ll be banging that drum again alongside trying to draw out come of the key messages and implications from the careers strategy and subsequent policy and practice.
I chaired a really interesting event on the 26th April 2018 for Inside Government. It was mainly careers leaders in schools presenting their practice. I tried to take some notes on what everyone was saying onto Twitter.
The conference is going to examine how the concept of work might develop and evolve over the next decade and ask how the role of career development practitioners will need to adapt to in response to this.
The conference has got a pretty stellar line up and will be featuring David Blustein, (Boston College, USA), Phoebe Moore (University of Leicester), Deirdre Hughes OBE (University of Warwick), Ronald Sultana (University of Malta), Siobhan Neary (University of Derby) and me.
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