Latest News

Inspiring Your CPD - January 2018

18 01.18

Networking, inter-agency working and referral

This month the newsletter addresses a key area of activity both for ourselves as professional workers and, in the case of networking, for our clients in their career development.

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 networking, inter-agency working and referral are in NOS:CD11 and 12


New Year: just one resolution

If you do nothing else in this newsletter, do this: go to John Krumboltz’s lecture and slide the timer to 12.30 minutes. Listen for just three minutes to the wisdom (and humour) as he shares words from Maya Angelou.


Community-based referral and networking

The Advice Services Alliance provides a useful discussion document on signposting, referrals and networking which offers an overview of the main issues and practical challenges.

From Australia, Community Door offers a free online course on responding holistically to client issues. One section addresses Referrals to other service providers, but there could be more of interest for UK-based workers in the extensive course materials.

Specifically related to the England, Employment, Partnership and Skills (BIS Research Paper 107, 2013) looks at networking and referrals for unemployed people, particularly between JobcentrePlus and the National Careers Service.


Higher education

A much shorter postcard-style How to ….. make effective referrals (University of Essex) provides a good summary and a possible model for other organisations.

There is a more discursive review of networking, including advice which could change the way you look at networking, in Graduate JobPodcast episode 16: How to get a job you love, with John Lees. A full transcript is also available.


Young people

Young people have informal networks of support within their family and immediate community. A Scottish study (Semple, Howieson & Paris, 2002) examined the values and drawbacks of Careers support from family and friends.



Much of the advice on networking and referral is based on assumptions about personality style, with an assumption that extraversion is somehow ‘best’. Susan Cain’s TED talk The power of introverts gives us an alternative way to think about ourselves and our clients.


Networking for your own career

In a CDI webinar, Dave Cordle explored Networking: essential for you and your clients.

Networking is the CDI’s theme for the year 2018; watch out for an introductory article by Claire Johnson in the January edition of Career Matters which will be available in hard copy and digitally in the Members’ Area of the CDI website by end of January.

The New Year is a time for reflection and good resolutions. You could visit the Blueprint of Learning Outcomes for Professional Roles in the Career Development Sector (also accessible through the Getting qualified section of the website) and reflect on your own practice in relation to three of the Learning Outcomes:

  • 9: Understand the principles, scope and practice of referral
  • 10: Work effectively in own organization and within professional networks
  • 11: Manage working relationships


This month on LinkedIn

Whether instinctively introvert or extrovert, we will remember occasions when, as John Krumboltz explored, someone made us feel good. You could link this to Learning Outcome 11: Manage working relationships. There’s a discussion on the CDI LinkedIn group for us to share times when we have received or given good feelings, and learn from each other’s experience.


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, 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)

(If you have any questions relating to this email please contact