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Inspiring Your Continuous Professional Development - November 2019

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Career learning

Career learning is centre stage for career development no matter where this is delivered. The changing world of work makes it an imperative throughout career. This newsletter invites you to consider career learning throughout the life course.

CPD Newsletters offer ideas, not compulsory activities. Just remember that undertaking 25 hours of CPD each year is a condition of registration for Registered Career Development Professionals. For all members, undertaking CPD meets the principle in the CDI Code of Ethics relating to professional development.

Choose items and activities – here or elsewhere – that suit your role and your style so that you can explore a topic, interact with others and create a reflective record in the Members’ Area of the CDI website


An apologia for what follows

An apologia is not an apology. Rather it is a ‘defence or justification of the opinions or conduct of a writer or speaker’ (Oxford English Dictionary). And with this newsletter being based almost exclusively on material already available to you as a CDI member, it is easy to justify my conduct and to celebrate how well you are served by your professional body and our community of members.


Career learning at young ages

A BBC video was recently linked to the CDI LinkedIn site by member Liane Hambly, and prompted exchange, and some debate, about work at the primary stage. Visit LinkedIn to join the discussion, or click here to link directly to the BBC video How can we encourage children to raise their career aspirations from as early as age 5?

Career learning is also addressed in Innovation in primary schools, an article in Career Matters October 2019, describing the pioneering work of the winner and a runner-up in the Primary Careers category of last year’s Career Development Awards. [You should have your own print copy of Career Matters October 2019, or access it in the Members’ Area of the CDI website]


Linking the curriculum to careers (Gatsby Benchmark 4)

Also in that recent edition of Career Matters is an article by Ruth Broome reporting on her recent research at secondary level Gatsby 4: What’s the problem? She shares interesting insight into what’s happening, and how it could be much better, framing her answer partly through consideration of the Chaos Theory of Careers.


Career learning in schools – policy, learner entitlement, quality and inspection

Career leaders, and everyone who works with them, are responsible for career learning in schools and colleges. The CDI has just published a new Briefing Paper on Developing a careers policy. In discussing learner entitlement, this refers to the CDI’s Careers Framework (2018) which includes learning outcomes for each Key Stage.

Once systems are in place, the CDI advocates that schools and colleges seek to achieve the Quality in Careers Standard, and is working closely to support and advertise the Quality in Careers free-to-attend events in March 2020: Newcastle (March 4th), Birmingham (March 12th), Bristol (March 17th).

All these actions contribute to an evidence base for Ofsted inspections, but there’s yet more! For further support the CDI has commissioned a series of masterclasses over coming months, delivered by Careers Defender Janet Colledge. Details of dates from November onwards are in the CDI’s Training and Events section.


Career learning in higher education

Two approaches to career learning in HE are explored in the NICEC Journal (issue 43, October 2019), a benefit included in CDI membership. Plan: Me (Dallison, 2019) is a tool by which people can create a visual representation of the process of career learning and exploration on the pathway towards decision-making. It has been widely trialled with undergraduates and within health training settings. A second article in that issue (Coney & Simkins, 2019) proposes that screencasting can offer real benefits in giving feedback on CVs, and supporting individual learning that enhances the final CV.

Issue 43 of the NICEC Journal had the theme of ‘career learning and the interplay between theory, practice and research’ so all articles have relevance to this newsletter’s theme. Access the NICEC Journal in the Members’ Area of the CDI website, in CPD Resources.


Career learning for our times: ‘green’ and socially just

A newer addition to the CPD Resources area is the section containing recent research by members as part of Master’s and PhD programmes. Of particular topical interest for career learning are these Master’s dissertations:

  • Delauzun, A. (MA 2019 at Warwick) ’Change it up, change the system!’ Career development learning and social justice through action research
  • Packer, R. (MA 2019 at Derby) Greening HE careers education and guidance?’ An investigation into the perspectives and experiences of career development practitioners from English universities

Full text of these, and many other dissertations and theses by CDI members, are accessible directly from the CPD Resources area in the Members’ Area of the CDI website.


Learning throughout life

Supporting unemployed people through training has a long history, but learning and training for those in work has a mixed past. The government’s National Retraining Scheme (NRS) is set to address that, with its Get help to retrain digital service now available in six areas of the country. Some additional background is available through IAG online. Links with the National Careers Service are widely mentioned. Once again, the CDI is promptly at hand with information: Career Matters October 2019 includes an article (p.35) by the Deputy Director of the NRS.


Later career learning: midlife and onwards

‘Most of us will be living and working longer’ says Walker (2019) in issue 43 of the NICEC Journal. Her article considers how coaches can help with a process of ‘dis-covering’ in order to progress on a learning journey to become ‘more of me’.

On the CDI website, you can find a related Master’s dissertation by Wykeman (2017) on retaining and training later-career workers.  In the section Reports and Resources you can find The Mid-life MOT: an update on developments. And then visit the Training and Events section for details of the CDI National Conference workshops (December 2nd & 3rd) where some workshops focus on mid- and late-career. Immediately after conference and at the same venue, there is a CDI Masterclass on mid-life career reviews and older workers. Details are available here


Learning and conferences

Conferences are of course an excellent place to develop your own learning as you contemplate how to develop the learning of your students and clients. Of particular note are the CDI National Conference and annual Career Leaders conference. If you missed the 2019 Career Leaders conference, you can access live recordings of many sessions. Next year’s Careers Leaders conference will be July 9-10th in Derby.


Learning and webinars

Sometimes your diary and your budget won’t stretch to a conference. That’s when the CDI’s extensive programme of free-of-charge webinars comes to your aid. Upcoming events touch on career conversations, brains, trauma and emotion – all important aspects of career learning. Several are presented by CDI members.


Using our LinkedIn groups – including some newer one!

The items above emphasise the wealth of professional knowledge within CDI members. CDI has long had a number of LinkedIn groups, which are a good place for discussing professional development issues and personal dilemmas with other members. A new, moderated Community of Practice for Career Leaders launched in September, so if your work includes school-based activities, it could be a useful community for you.

Existing groups are:

National groups Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales

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


Recording and reflecting on CPD – new web area now open

Access is through Your CPD diary > in the CPD Area.

Reading, talking and reflecting on topics and resources such as those above all count towards your CPD hours as long as you write a short reflective report in your CPD Record. It would be timely to undertake some small (or large!) CPD activity and then explore the new way of recording what you have just done.

Did you know? You can now record parts of an hour (e.g. half an hour recorded as 0.5 hours) making it easier to capture spontaneous events, as described in the Career Innovation resource above.

If you have any issues with the new pages please email and we will be able to sort these out for you.

For any questions relating to CPD Recording please contact:


Dr Lyn Barham,
Project Associate (Research)

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