Category: Opinion

  • Exploring career theories

    Exploring career theories

    <img data-attachment-id="11073" data-permalink="https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.wordpress.com/2024/02/05/exploring-career-theories/pexels-photo-11308990/" data-orig-file="https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.files.wordpress.com/2024/02/pexels-photo-11308990.jpeg" data-orig-size="1733,1300" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="black and purple skull with light" data-image-description="" data-image-caption=" Photo by Merlin Lightpainting on Pexels.com ” data-medium-file=”https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.files.wordpress.com/2024/02/pexels-photo-11308990.jpeg?w=300″ data-large-file=”https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.files.wordpress.com/2024/02/pexels-photo-11308990.jpeg?w=723″ src=”https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.files.wordpress.com/2024/02/pexels-photo-11308990.jpeg” alt=”” class=”wp-image-11073″ />Photo by Merlin Lightpainting on Pexels.com I spend a lot of last week teaching career theory in Lillehammer with my colleague Sikin Jynge. As anyone who has ever […]

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  • Why I’m supporting Jo Grady for UCU General Secretary

    Why I’m supporting Jo Grady for UCU General Secretary

    For those people who aren’t in UK higher education, this post might be a little strange, please feel free to skip. I’m writing about this here because it is the platform that I have to try and influence something that is important in my life and in the life of other workers in the industry […]

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  • Why Labour should stick with its plans to tax private education (and maybe go further)

    Why Labour should stick with its plans to tax private education (and maybe go further)

    Over the last couple of weeks there has been renewed debate about the UK’s private schools. The context for this is that the Labour Party has made a commitment to make people who pay for private education to pay some tax on school fees. As seems to be the case with all Labour policies under […]

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  • Podcast: Sustainability and career guidance

    Podcast: Sustainability and career guidance

    <img data-attachment-id="10886" data-permalink="https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.wordpress.com/2023/10/26/podcast-sustainability-and-career-guidance/pexels-photo-1292464/" data-orig-file="https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.files.wordpress.com/2023/10/pexels-photo-1292464.jpeg" data-orig-size="1880,1253" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="photo of wind turbines lot" data-image-description="" data-image-caption=" Photo by Narcisa Aciko on Pexels.com ” data-medium-file=”https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.files.wordpress.com/2023/10/pexels-photo-1292464.jpeg?w=300″ data-large-file=”https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.files.wordpress.com/2023/10/pexels-photo-1292464.jpeg?w=723″ src=”https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.files.wordpress.com/2023/10/pexels-photo-1292464.jpeg” alt=”” class=”wp-image-10886″ />Photo by Narcisa Aciko on Pexels.com I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed as part of Veilederforum-podden (the Norwegian guidance forum’s new podcast). In the podcast I discuss […]

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  • Guest post: Secondary school teachers and careers: Implications for training and CPD

    Guest post: Secondary school teachers and careers: Implications for training and CPD

    Photo by RDNE Stock project on Pexels.com ” data-medium-file=”https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.files.wordpress.com/2023/10/pexels-photo-7092613.jpeg?w=300″ data-large-file=”https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.files.wordpress.com/2023/10/pexels-photo-7092613.jpeg?w=723″ src=”https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.files.wordpress.com/2023/10/pexels-photo-7092613.jpeg” alt=”” class=”wp-image-10815″ />Photo by RDNE Stock project on Pexels.com Thank you to David Andrews (Visiting Fellow at iCeGS) and co-author of The Careers Leader Handbook for this guest post. In it, David looks at the role of secondary school teachers in supporting careers education […]

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  • Good but not outstanding: The Ofsted review of career guidance

    Good but not outstanding: The Ofsted review of career guidance

    Photo by Lukas on Pexels.com ” data-medium-file=”https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.files.wordpress.com/2023/10/pexels-photo-653429.jpeg?w=300″ data-large-file=”https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.files.wordpress.com/2023/10/pexels-photo-653429.jpeg?w=723″ src=”https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.files.wordpress.com/2023/10/pexels-photo-653429.jpeg” alt=”” class=”wp-image-10810″ />Photo by Lukas on Pexels.com You wait for ages for a high-stakes, policy-relevant, if somewhat underwhelming, report on the state of career guidance to come along, and then two come along at once. Following hot on the heels of last week’s government response to […]

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  • An empty box: The government’s response to the select committee’s report on career guidance

    An empty box: The government’s response to the select committee’s report on career guidance

    Photo by George Dolgikh on Pexels.com ” data-medium-file=”https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.files.wordpress.com/2023/09/pexels-photo-1303084.jpeg?w=300″ data-large-file=”https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.files.wordpress.com/2023/09/pexels-photo-1303084.jpeg?w=723″ src=”https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.files.wordpress.com/2023/09/pexels-photo-1303084.jpeg” alt=”” class=”wp-image-10805″ />Photo by George Dolgikh on Pexels.com For those of you who follow these things closely you may have spotted that we have recently seen a select committee report on career guidance followed by the government’s response. In this post I summarise both reports […]

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  • Imagine if career guidance and employability could join forces

    Imagine if career guidance and employability could join forces

    This piece was originally published by the Institute of Employability Professionals in June as part of the IEP Journal. As employability professionals you are probably aware of the existence of the National Careers Service and the wider world of career guidance. Career guidance professionals work with clients to help them to manage their life, learning […]

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  • Is UCU still rising?

    Is UCU still rising?

    If you’ve been following this blog you will have spotted that I’ve been on strike quite a bit as part of the #UCUrising campaign. If you aren’t interested in the ins and outs of UK higher education, feel free to ignore this blog, I’ll be back to talking about career career guidance pretty soon. Except […]

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  • A mission to break down the barriers to opportunity – OK but what does it mean?

    A mission to break down the barriers to opportunity – OK but what does it mean?

    Earlier this week Kier Starmer set out his big vision for a Labour Government in what was trailed as a major speech. Predictably Guardian columnists like Polly Toynbee loved it. Toynbee declared that it revealed ‘a man serious about being prime minister’. Which to be fair has not ever been in doubt. We know that […]

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