NICEC-CDI Cutting Edge - Research into Practice (Free CPD event for CDI members. Sheffield)

How can we become advocates for our profession and demonstrate the value we bring?

Wednesday 12 July - Novotel, Sheffield                                      

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This latest Cutting Edge event will encourage career practitioners to think about evidence based practice and how to deliver career support that has impact. During the session career practitioners will practice how they can become ‘advocates’ for the work they do, and for the profession.


10.30-10.45     Registration – Tea and Coffee

10.45 -11.00     Welcome - Introduction to NICEC “Learned Society” and the partnership with CDI Overall objectives and context

11.00 -12.00     Demonstrating impact in careers work (Nicki Moore)

In today’s careers context career practitioners need to develop and deliver career support programmes that can demonstrate impact, yet this is a much-neglected activity. In this session, Nicki will share her experience of developing a more robust approach to evaluating careers work, especially in a school’s context. She will show the benefits of having meaningful outcomes that ensure careers work continues to get the investment it needs to have long term impact. Her session demonstrates how you can put the Gatsby Benchmarks into practice, and this has relevance for careers work in other areas of practice across our whole sector.

12.00 -13.00     We’ve worked our 5 per cent very hard! (Jane Artess)

The Coalition Government’s vision for Inspiration Activity made clear that careers education concerns aspiration as much as advice, that mentoring and motivation should come from people in jobs, and that employers, schools and colleges must do more in partnership together. The National Careers Service (NCS) plays a key role in bringing this about and from 2014 additional funds were made available for the NCS to stimulate inspiring activities for young people in schools and colleges.

Jane evaluated work carried out under the ‘inspiration agenda’ by one NCS provider over more than two years.  In this interactive session, Jane will share good practice arising from this inspiration work, and recommendations about how to tackle the challenges that lie ahead.

 13.00- 13.45 pm     Lunch/Networking Break

13.45-14.45     Evaluating your own practice (Gill Frigerio)

Having heard about some research into impact measurement in different contexts, we will now look at how we can evaluate our own practice, using tools and resources available to us.  Gill will present some examples of evaluation processes based on her own work (one of an assessed online graduate career development course and one of an online Career Adaptability resource for adults).  You will then get the chance to consider how this process could be used in your own context, supporting your own reflective practice, your professional community, your clients and your organisation.

14.45 -15.45       Advocating for ourselves and our profession (Rosemary McLean)

Rosemary will finish the day with some practical activities that encourage career practitioners to ‘stand tall’ about what they do. She will share further evidence about the impact of careers work and the need for careers support for all. The session will also look at the different ways career practitioners can promote themselves in an authentic way using this evidence based approach.

15.45 -16.00       Implications for Practice & Personal Learning

16.00 Close


NICEC is “Learned Society” with a network of Fellows, in the UK and abroad, who are career education and counselling researchers and practitioners drawn from a wide range of settings. Fellows believe passionately in improving policy and practice through discovering and sharing evidence and developing career education and counselling theory.

We share our knowledge and learn from others through our Seminar series, the NICEC Journal and our publications.


Jane Artess
Jane began working in higher education as a tutor of the postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance at Manchester Metropolitan University following many years working in local authority careers services.

Gill Frigerio
Gill Frigerio is a Principal Teaching Fellow in the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Warwick, where she is Co-Director of the MA in Career Development and Coaching Studies.

Nicki Moore
Nicki qualified as a Careers Adviser in 1996. During her 12 years in practice she held the post of Curriculum Development Manager and was the Regional Development Manager for Career Mark- The East Midlands quality award for careers education and guidance.

Rosemary McLean
Rosemary is a registered Career Practitioner and Chartered Occupational Psychologist with many years’ experience in the careers field. She now enables organisations to develop and shape career development strategy to support business goals and align individual aspirations and passions with internal opportunities.

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Novotel Sheffield Centre on Arundel Gate, 50 Arundel Gate, Sheffield. S1 2PR
(0114) 278 1781

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