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Inspiring Your Continuous Professional Development - September 2018

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Who else helps your students or clients?

This month, we take the first of two looks at this question. This month, we look at how parents, family and friends engage with career decisions. Next month, we’ll consider wider networks.

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. Most resources are arranged according to the National Occupational Standards: Career Development (NOS:CD).



It’s obvious that parents and carers have a big influence on their children, but how big? And what do they think of the careers help their children receive? GTI Media, sponsored by EY, report research on this subject in Parental influence: the key role played by parents in their children’s decisions about routes and pathways post-18 (July 2015)


Expertise from a CDI member

Careers advice for parents is a website developed by Carolyn Parry, the CDI’s Careers Adviser/Coach of the Year in 2017 and Project Associate (Wales). There is a wealth of useful free material addressed to parents (use the Topics and Blog menus) as well as the course for teenagers, which requires a paid subscription.


Daughters …. and sons too

Under the Coalition Government in 2015, Your Daughter’s Future was prepared by the PHSE Education Association and the Government Equalities Office. It has been removed from current government websites, but remains useful and largely current. And there’s a good deal there that applies equally to sons!


Mindset matters

Scotland’s My World of Work site offers an article of potential use to parents across the UK: Helping your child make confident decisions. Drawing on the work by Carol Dweck on growth or fixed mindset, it offers text and video giving pointers for parents on how to support their child’s mindset.


Parents in Scotland

My World of Work has a section called Talking careers with your child. As well as advice addressed directly to parents, it includes links so that parents understand the career management skills that schools are working to help their child develop.


Parents in Wales

The Careers Wales website also addresses help to parents with items such as a Year 9 options guide


Careers Leaders

Whether you are new to this role or an established careers leader, September 2018 sees a re-statement of the requirements of your role. Trotman are offering a free monthly newsletter Careers Leader Update and additional free materials for those signing up during this Autumn term. Trotman also publish the new book by David Andrews and Tristram Hooley The Careers Leader Handbook, priced but available as a special offer with the recent CPD for the Career Development Professional. CDI staff and members are involved in all these publications which support your professional development in meeting the 2018 Statutory Guidance for schools.


Careers Writers Association

Careers writers collaborate to maintain the Parental Guidance website, a rich resource for parents and carers of students of all ages.


Guides from Cascaid

Cascaid publishes a Parents’ Guide to Careers Guidance which both describes what parents should expect from their child’s school and looks outward to career opportunities and support beyond school. Whilst it includes a sales pitch for Cascaid products, there are many free-of-charge links that would be valuable to parents. Cascaid also offers a Careers toolkit for new and experienced careers leaders


Parental influence

There’s a slightly different approach to the role that parents play in a New York Times article The jobs you’re most likely to inherit from your mother or father. Rather than advice and discussion, this focuses on the impact of parental role models. For some jobs, following in a parent’s footsteps is 400 times more likely than chance. This research was based in the USA. Join our LinkedIn discussion to share your UK experience of children following their parents’ paths - or indeed rejecting them.


Adult career changers

Family influence doesn’t only apply for young people. Most adults need to take steps to gain support for a career move, as detailed in an article from The Muse on How I got my family to support my career change.


Using our LinkedIn groups

The CDI has a number of LinkedIn group for members, which are a good place for discussing professional development issues and personal dilemmas with other members. 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. Visit the Communities of Interest.


Recording and reflecting on CPD

Remember that reading, 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.

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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