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Deirdre Hughes

Deirdre Hughes has written 188 posts for Careers Policy, Research and Practice

Minister for Careers: Where next for careers education and guidance in England?

  Sam Gyimah, MP spoke last week at a conference held in London. The tone of his speech sounds positive and upbeat – see below. Three years+ from the launch of the National Careers Service and the serious demise of careers provision for young people – are we about to see a new beginning for careers support […]

British Chamber of Commerce – All businesses think career guidance needs reforming

Business and Education Survey: Businesses and schools ‘still worlds apart’ on readiness for work This is the second release from the Business and Education Survey, which delves deeper into the ways in which schools, in partnership with business, can better prepare young people for work. Visit: http://www.britishchambers.org.uk/policy-maker/policy-reports-and-publications/business-and-education-survey-businesses-and-schools-‘still-worlds-apart’-on-readiness-for-work.html The Business and Education survey is a key part […]

Payment for Success – How to shift power from Whitehall to public service customers

Across the globe, new fiscal constraints and fast changing public administration systems are impacting upon public sector services. The role of the state and markets has become increasingly blurred. New working relationships between business, education (and those working in the careers industry) are unfolding at an unpredictable and rapid pace. Major shifts in national government funded […]

The Contribution of Further Education and Skills to Social Mobility

BIS Research Report 254 recently examined the contribution of Further Education and Skills to Social Mobility. This report is content rich and contains really useful evidence and references that highlight the importance of improving individuals’ access to further and continuing education. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/466420/BIS-15-579-contribution-of-further-education-and-skills-to-social-mobility.pdf The review was commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in […]

What Do Graduates Do? 2015

A Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU) survey of 267,735 people who graduated last summer shows that 76.6 per cent of them had found work six months later, up a percentage point from the previous year’s cohort. http://www.hecsu.ac.uk/current_projects_what_do_graduates_do.htm More than two-thirds were in professional-level jobs and there was a sharp drop in the number who […]

Dr Hazel Reid: Introduction to Career Counselling and Coaching

A NEW BOOK – highly recommended. Dr Hazel Reid at Canterbury Christ Church University, England is a leading expert in the field of career guidance, counselling and coaching. Are you a trainee career counsellor or coach wondering what theory and skills you will need to help support clients in a variety of challenges and contexts? […]

Writing Your Career Story: Why it matters

  Dr Reineke Gerding-Lengle from the University of Alberta, a leading trainer, academic and poet based in Canada, is delivering a fascinating online programme in career writing. In the 21st century, blood, sweat, tears, and a diploma are no longer enough for job success. Career research shows that in addition to skills and aptitudes, an understanding […]

Successfully Integrating Women Into STEM

Earlier this week, I was invited to present a keynote at the Inside Government Conference ‘Successfully Integrating Women Into STEM’. The audience was mainly, though not exclusively, from higher education ranging from Pro-Vice-Chancellors to practitioners – very impressive indeed! Last year a quarter of a million students passed GCSE maths, and then dropped the subject […]

Building Bridges: New Forms of Impact, Assessment and Careers Dialogue

Across the globe, new fiscal constraints and fast changing public administration systems are impacting upon career guidance and counseling services. The role of the state and markets has become increasingly blurred. New working relationships between business, education and those working in the careers industry are unfolding at an unpredictable and rapid pace. Major shifts in […]

Culture-Infused Career Counselling and Social Justice Advocacy

Professor Nancy Arthur, University of Calgary, provided an inspiring keynote presentation on the topic of Social Justice at the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance Conference in Japan (18-21 September 2015). She highlighted this has resurfaced in the general career development literature, focused on the ways that resources are differently distributed in society and […]

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