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Inspiring Your Continuous Professional Development (CPD) - November 2017

09 11.17

The future of work; the importance of lifelong career development for all

This month’s newsletter addresses one of the CDI’s key themes for Annual Conference – and there’s still time to book to give a real boost to your CPD!

The newsletter suggests materials that will help you keep up-to-date with studies on how the workplace will change, then focuses on how career development activity helps people flourish at all stages of learning and working. There’s another CPD boost on offer below, including the chance to obtain a free book.

Activities here are simply ideas and are not compulsory. You can choose to do some, all or none; it won’t affect your membership of the CDI whether you take up these ideas or not, although they do reflect good practice.

If you are on the Register then undertaking 25 hours of CPD each year is a condition of your registration.

If you are a member then undertaking CPD helps you to adhere to the Continuous Professional Development principle in the CDI Code of Ethics.

Each month, we will suggest CPD activities which will allow you to explore a topic, interact with others and create a reflective record in the Members’ Area of the CDI website. Simply choose the items and activities that suit your role and your style.

All the resources mentioned, and many more, are also accessible with direct links from the CPD Resources area of the Members’ Area of the CDI website. Resources are arranged according to the National Occupational Standards: Career Development (NOS:CD).

Resources related to the future of work are in NOS:CD07. Those related to professional practice are in NOS:CD01.


Trends in employment

Many forecasts focus on a specific issue such as artificial intelligence and robots, or demographics and the ageing workforce. Earlier this year a substantial UK-US study The future of skills: employment in 2030 integrated these with other trends, including globalisation, urbanisation and the green economy, to explore likely implications for employment and skills. A theme emerging in this report is the rising need for ‘complementary skills’, which has elsewhere been termed Hybrid jobs. (Although based on US job data, this report has obvious relevance for the UK.)

UK-specific information, including patterns in employment and the opportunities arising from ‘replacement demand’, are detailed in Working Futures 2014-2024, which includes many infographics that could be useful with clients.


Social and economic impact

Martin Ford uses a recent TED talk to consider How we’ll earn money in a future without jobs. Acknowledging that a jobless future has been predicted many times in the past, he argues that machine learning makes the significant difference, and proposes an incentivised basic income to prevent more people being ‘left behind’. The questions are carefully constructed, and we all need to consider if his answer is appropriate.


Lifelong career development for all

In the face of disruptive change, career development becomes increasingly important at every stage of the lifespan.

In The early years: career development for young children, Canadian colleagues argue that ‘children actively explore their worlds and begin to construct possibilities for present and future selves’. Their two downloadable publications, one for educators and the other for parents/guardians, are firmly rooted in current career theory.

Focusing more on secondary education, the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Education questioned this year How well do schools prepare children for their future?

The Higher Education Academy last year reported, in Student engagement and skills development, that career skills lagged behind other areas of skills development. Practical advice for students, graduates and their advisers is presented in You’re hired: graduate career handbook (Grant & Hooley, priced). From late October until mid-November the authors are sharing their views on the Adventures in career development blog. They also offer a FREE COPY for a member willing to write a review on Amazon: contact to make your offer. Both reading the book and writing the review can count towards your CPD hours.

The Centre for Vocational Education Research at LSE has many blogposts referring to career development, particularly in relation to progression into FE and apprenticeships. The blogpost that is directly linked highlights that the paucity of career information and guidance creates particular barriers for more disadvantaged students.

The Mid-life Career Review project addressed the important issue of career ‘progression’ (in any direction) for people in the later stages of working life. Reports and resources are on the Career review website, with sections both for providers and for researchers. 


Thinking about thinking

At the CDI’s Annual conference (4-5 December 2017) both the themes of ‘future of work’ and ‘guidance/coaching paradigm’ will touch on neuroscience research. The CIPD, which provides a conference keynote speaker, has a useful section of podcasts, transcripts and reports on Behavioural science.

With a specific career guidance/coaching context, Julia Yates (another conference speaker) drew on neuroscience research as it applies to the role of the unconscious in career decision making (NICEC Journal 35, 2015). Tony Lynn offers a brief introduction to the field of neuroscience in The human brain: a summary of recent research and theory.


Using our LinkedIn groups

The CDI has a LinkedIn group for all members, and groups that are relevant for each home nation and for the Community of Interest groups. Start (or contribute to) a discussion; keep contributing for several days.

National groups Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales

Community of Interest groups Careers Education | Independent Coaches and Consultants | Learning Difficulties and Disabilities | HE Advisers | Research. Visit the Communities of Interest.


Recording and reflecting on CPD

Remember that reading research, talking and reflecting all count towards your CPD hours as long as you write a short reflective report in the My CPD section of your ‘My Portfolio’ record.


Useful Tips

Accessing the Members’ Area in order to record your CPD

To access this area click Login (at the top of the screen) and use your Members’ Area username (your email address) and password. Then click on Members’ Area, and choose Professional Register which includes the CPD Resources area and your personal CPD record. You can also access the Register directly by using the Professional Register link on the home page.

In September 2017 we launched an updated version of this part of the site which now provides a CPD recording system which is much easier to use.

The site includes the facility to Request a new password. Remember that for the system to work well, you need to keep your details up to date and ensure that CDI emails are not directed to your spam box.

For any questions relating to CPD Recording please contact:

Dr Lyn Barham,
Project Associate (Research)

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