National Research Conference


National Research Conference for Careers Practitioners


The National Research Conference for Careers Practitioners is an annual event, brought to you in partnership by the CDI, iCeGS, AGCAS and NICEC. This year’s theme is 'What Difference Does Research Make?' with particular focus on how research helps to measure impact, contribute to policy decisions and inform practice.

Many people see research as something undertaken by academics, however, we want to inspire all career development practitioners to develop their confidence, undertake research, develop the evidence base and contribute to the professionalisation of the sector. We want you to celebrate your research and to talk about how this has informed your own and others' practice.

The programme

Our programme is intended to be largely presented by practitioners, for practitioners, and aims to encourage those who have an interest in and enthusiasm to undertake research but perhaps lack the confidence. The conference will be held online using Hopin and we will be inviting international colleagues and delegates to join us.

The online programme will include:
• Two keynote presentations on research relevant to career development from Sareena Hopkins (Executive Director, Canadian Career Development Foundation) and Chris Percy (Strategy and Policy Consultant, CSP Resources)
• Two panels of practitioner researchers – representing research from the UK and internationally
• A range of parallel seminars led by practitioners
• Poster session.* See below for details

Further programme details and conference booking will be available by mid-December.


Career development practitioners working with young people and adults, including careers advisers, career consultants and coaches, careers leaders, and researchers.

*The poster session at the conference is a space for dialogue: for practitioner researchers to present a summary of their work, and for conference delegates to gain an overview of the variety of current or recent research projects. Find out more here