Student Conference & Exhibition 2019

From Student to Registered Career Development Professional

Sponsored by the RAF

Wednesday 10th April 2019 University of Derby, 

Kedleston Road, Derby DE22 1GB



The new generation of career development professionals have a key role to play in the future of the career development sector. This conference will be of interest, relevance and value to students undertaking any of the qualifications accepted for the UK Register of Career Development Professionals.

Designed to highlight the latest developments in the sector, it is presented by a range of expert keynote speakers who are leaders in the field. The workshop and panel sessions offer additional opportunities to learn more about working in the different parts of the sector with young people, adults, employers and clients who have learning difficulties.

Supported by a small exhibition of sector providers and suppliers, the conference is a great networking opportunity too. You will meet students from other courses and learn more about the support provided by the CDI to its members and Registrants.



0900 Registration, refreshments & exhibition  
0945 Welcome from the Career Development Insitute & the University of Derby

Claire Johnson - Career Development Institute Professional Development Manager 

Dr Siobhan Neary - Head of the International Centre for Guidance Studies 

 0950  Welcome from the conference sponsor  Royal Air Force  

Understanding the current landscape  

 Laura Bell - Director, Careers at the Education Development Trust and Career Development Institute President 

How many millennials does it take to change an avocado ? Why we need to move beyond generational theory  

Professor Tristram Hooley - Professor of Career Education, University of Derby 
 1045 Refreshments & Exhibition    

All for one : Why networking is vital to the success of the CEIAG sector  

 Chris Webb - Careers leader for the Ruth Gorse Academy, Leeds 

 1230 Buffet lunch & exhibition    

What are the opportunities for career practitioners in the private sector ?

how can you showcase your skills and experience to position yourself for the broadest variety of opportunities ?  

Dave Cordle - Independent Registrered Career Development Professional and Career Development Institute President Elect 

Unsticking the stuckness - coaching techniques for one to one wor

Dr Julia Yates - Senior Lecturer, at City, University of London  
 1420 Refreshments    

Working as a professional in the career development sector 

finding out what is involved in working in the sector, what employers and clients look for from practitioners and an opportunitiy to ask questions of our expert panel. 

 Chris Webb, Jenny Connick, Phill Williams, Zoe Catterall, Dave Cordle & Laura Bell 

Panel Chair - Dr Siobhan Neary 


The importance of evaluation : what career developement professionals need to know  

 Nicki Moore - Senior Lecturer in Career Development, International Centre for Guidance Studies 
 1605 Evaluation   
 1615 Conference Ends    




This workshop will Increase understanding of the early career development needs of young people with learning difficulties– model, case study and campaign

Jenny Connick - Founder, Talentino!

Career helping at depth : working with the whole person in careers work 

This workshop will discuss the relationship between depth psychology and career development. The history of this relationship will be briefly explored together with contributions from the present day. Participants will go away with some simple tools and techniques for working with clients in this fascinating and rewarding area of our work.

Dr Phil McCash:  Associate Professor in the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Warwick, and Course Director for the MA Career, Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education.
Confessions of a HE careers consultant 

This interactive workshop will outline and provide you with an understanding into a higher education careers service. Phill has recently begun working for the University of Birmingham, as a Careers Consultant for the college of Life & Environmental Sciences, having previously spent five years in a range of student, academic and employer focused roles at the University of Leicester. Phill will draw upon his experiences and will offer you an insight into how different careers services work, the current challenges and issues facing HE, some invaluable hints and tips for if you are applying to an opportunity in Higher Education, and what it is really like working in the sector.

Phill Williams: Careers Consultant (Life & Environmental Sciences), University of Birmingham.

Life as an enterprise coordinator

This workshop will discuss the role of an Enterprise Coordinator from the point of view of a recent QCD graduate.  Following graduation from the University of Derby in 2018, Zoe now works in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company and Sheffield City Region LEP to support schools in the Doncaster area to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks and increase employer encounters. The workshop will explore what this role entails, and how the QCD has provided a solid grounding for this type of role within the field.

Zoe Catterall:  Enterprise Coordinator, Sheffield City Region.

Using evidence to drive good practice 

The Careers & Enterprise Company has published a series of research papers looking at ‘What Works?’ in Careers Education. This workshop will cover key lessons learned from the research and how to apply those in your practice in your school or college to deliver outstanding careers provision for young people.

Lesley Thain: Head of Education, Careers & Enterprise Company.


Keynote Speakers 

Laura Bell

has a long and distinguished history within the careers sector; results driven and solution focused, Laura has always been regarded as a thought leader within her business and the industry at large, but has never lost sight of the people she leads nor the reason why careers practitioners work with such passion and diligence in this sector; to change lives, and to ensure that everyone regardless of background or any other determining factors is able to fulfil their full potential.

Laura is currently the Director for Careers at Education Development Trust. She’s based in the North East of England with responsibilities across the UK and abroad, she is a strong and influential advocate of the transformative power of effective careers advice with everyone she meets; whether speaking with apprentices or Government Ministers, Laura can be relied upon to make a compelling case for the value and necessity for careers advice and guidance.

Professor Tristram Hooley
is Professor of Career Education at the University of Derby. He has something of a portfolio career and also acts as Chief Research Officer at the Institute for Student Employers and Professor II at the Inland Norway University of Applied Science. He is interested in career, career guidance, policy, technology and schools. He writes books, articles and reports as well as the Adventures in Career Development blog at:
Chris Webb
is the Careers Leader for The Ruth Gorse Academy, an Outstanding 11-16 secondary school in the centre of Leeds. Alongside his duties delivering CEIAG to students, Chris also operates as the CEIAG Lead Professional for the Leeds Careers and IAG Network, a collaborative enterprise made up of careers practitioners and other stakeholders from across the Leeds City Region. Chris completed the QCG in 2017 with the University of Huddersfield and is a Registered Career Development Professional with the CDI.
Dave Cordle

is an independent Career Development Professional, working with clients at all stages of their career across a huge range of industries and professions. Dave’s vision is for a world where everyone has the skills and confidence to define and create success for themselves, starting with their career. He is currently working with adults, young people and school leaders to achieve this aim, often using analogies from his expedition experiences to help people create their career stories.

Dave had earlier careers in cartography, largely mapping Africa for the British Government, and computer systems development with Aviva before coming into career coaching in 2001. He has just completed six years as a Governor of the Institute of Career Certification International for whom he will continue to chair the Global Career Council whilst taking up his new appointment as President Elect of The CDI. He is a Registered Career Development Professional with the CDI and an ICCI Career Management Fellow.

Dr Julia Yates 
has worked in the field of careers for 20 years as a practitioner, manager, trainer and writer. Julia is now a senior lecturer in the psychology department at City, University of London, teaching on their MSc in Organisational Psychology. Before this she worked for the University of East London and developed and ran a MSc in Career Coaching. Julia is a Fellow of the National Institute of Career Education and Counselling. Julia's research interests are in career and occupational identities, the role of appearance and attractiveness in career, and in the integration of coaching and careers. Julia is passionate about the links between research and practice. She is the author of two career coaching books, The Career Coaching Handbook, published in 2014 and a companion guide, The Career Coach's Toolkit, published in 2018.
Nicki Moore 
holds the post of Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Career Development at the International Centre for Guidance Studies and leads the CPD work in the Centre. Nicki qualified as a Careers Adviser in 1996. During her 12 years in practice she was both an operational and development manager with a focus on curriculum development and quality. She has developed programmes of career learning for primary, secondary and tertiary education phases. She has also written a number of professional guides for practitioners working in an operational context most recently to support the widening participation agenda. Nicki has an International portfolio which includes work in Europe and the Middle East. Nicki’s research interests are focussed around career education and the career development and transitions of young people. Nicki has recently lead the evaluation of a number of school based careers projects including the Gatsby pilot project in the North East of England.  Nicki is a Legacy Fellow of the Career Development Institute and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a NICEC Fellow and a member of the Career Development Institute Board where she leads on the CDI Digital Strategy. She is a Registered Career Development Professional with the CDI.
Dr Siobhan Neary 

is Head of iCeGS at the University of Derby. She has a background in the guidance sector which encompasses over twenty-five years working as a practitioner, trainer, manager, lecturer and researcher. Siobhan’s portfolio includes work on quality and professional development issues with a range of providers. She has an extensive background in teaching and learning in relation to guidance and career management and has developed a number of accredited programmes at both undergraduate and Master’s level. Her international portfolio covers work in the UAE, Sri Lanka, China, Malaysia and Mauritius.

Siobhan’s research interests focus on the continuing professional development, workforce development and professional identity of career development practitioners. She represents England on the CDI’s Professional Standards Committee and is a NICEC Fellow and a Registered Career Development Professional with the CDI.

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