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David Andrews and I are currently in the final stages of writing The Careers Leader Handbook. So you can pre-order it from the Trotman website if you want to make sure that you are first in line!

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.

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Today I’m giving a keynote at #icegs20 Imagining new perspectives on work – the role of career development in shaping futures.

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.

This is what I’m planning to cover…

Using career guidance to address the ‘changing world of work’_ and technological panic

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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.

Vacancy: Head of Research

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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.

This is what I’m planning to cover…

Careers strategy

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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.

I’ve created a version of it on Storify.

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Today I’m chairing the Inside Government conference on Preparing Young People for Work Through Career Education. I’m going to start by saying something about where I think that we are and what The Careers & Enterprise Company is trying to do to move things forwards.

This is what I’m planning to cover…

Times they are a changing

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iCeGS 20th Anniversary Conference, being held at The Enterprise Centre at University of Derby

Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th May 2018

I’m really looking forwards to the iCeGS 20th Anniversary Conference which is coming up next month.

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.

You can download the programme and see details of the workshops from day 1 and day 2.

I think that it will be a fantastic opportunity to discuss some of the big issues. I hope that I see some of you there.

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Today I’m in Manchester talking to providers of careers and enterprise activities about the evidence base. This is what I’m planning to cover.

What Works?

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Today I’m in Derby presenting to the D2N2 LEP. I’m planning to talk about Gatsby and careers leaders.

This is what I’m going to say…

Leading good career guidance

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Me and Korin are very excited to be appearing on episode 70 of the Graduate Job Podcast.

For the uninitiated the Graduate Job Podcast is a weekly podcast aimed at inspiring graduates and students in their search for the job of their dreams. Each week the host James Curran speaks to authors, bloggers, career coaches, entrepreneurs and graduate recruiters to figure out the latest in graduate careers. It is designed for students and graduates but is also essential listening for recruiters, careers professionals and academics with an interest in employability.

Korin and I are talking about the Graduate Career Handbook which we published last year. If you haven’t got your copy yet you can pick one up from Amazon!

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