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 online event last took place on 16 February 2023 from 9.15 am - 4.15 pm, on our events platform Hopin.

The theme of the conference, 'What Difference Does Research Make?' focused 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 2023 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 is held annually online using Hopin and we invite international colleagues and delegates to join us.

The online programme included:
• 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

View the 2023 programme here



This event costs just £30 for CDI, AGCAS, NICEC Members or Fellows and is free for CDI students. For non-members, the cost is £48 and £25 for students undertaking a career development qualification (but are not a CDI student). If your employer is paying for your place and you need to use your employer's credit card or you need an invoice, please contact our events team.



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.