Student Conference 2016 Presentations

Thank you for attending the CDI Student Conference 2016. We have available to download a selection of presentations that were delivered during the day; you'll find the full list below, and this page will be updated periodically to ensure the most up to date information is available to download.


10.10     Keynote 1          

Understanding the current landscape

Virginia Issac: Chief Executive of the Inspiring Futures Foundation and CDI President


10.35    Keynote 2

Careers LMI: Current and future practice

Dr Sally-Anne Barnes:  Senior Research Fellow, Warwick Institute for Employment Research


11.40     Keynote 3

“Telling Tales”: exploring and applying a narrative career counselling approach.

Professor Hazel Reid: Reader in Career Guidance and Counselling and Director of Research in the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University


13.50     Keynote 4  

Devolving responsibility for careers guidance to schools – is it working?

An overview of national policy and the implications for the work of careers advisers and careers leaders in schools

David Andrews OBE: Fellow of the National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling


15.35     Keynote 5

Working for the National Careers Service: what is involved and what we look for from applicants

Mark De Backer; Regional Manager for National Careers Service - South Central



Workshop Session 1

  1. “If you look the part you’ll get the job”: appearance in the workplace and the role of the career development professional

How you look at a job interview makes a difference. Many of us have advised/will advise clients to think about what to wear and to make sure they look polished and well-presented. But are we the right people to give this advice and how far should we go?

This interactive workshop will present evidence of the impact that appearance can have on careers and Julia will pose some controversial questions to generate discussion around how practitioners negotiate the issues and what their role should be.

Julia Yates: Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the MSc in Career Coaching at the University of East London.


  1. Critical websites – a vital mediation role in the advisers toolkit

At a time when the influence of internet and social media impacts almost every minute of our waking day, what is the crucial IAG and CEIAG  space Advisers must occupy if we are to remain relevant in an increasingly google reliant age?  This workshop will equip delegates with the knowledge and where appropriate skills to:

  • Recognise the importance of  delivering informed and professionally mediated careers, learning and training information
  • Provide  a wide range of the very latest and appropriate  web-based media to complement the guidance process
  • Explore the privileged as well as vital role Advisers play in supporting  individuals of all ages through many of  life’s key transitions and crossroads 

Hilary Nickell: qualified Careers Adviser, trainer and author specialising in careers, learning and training information on the internet. He is a Project Manager of Career Companion Online, an all-age professionally mediated web review service, and Resource Companion Online; a content management portal for web-based information.


  1. An overview of the benefits and challenges of working as a Career Consultant in the HE Sector and how the QCG at NTU and Coventry helped to prepare us for this role.

Donna Carr: Careers Consultant (School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Employability and Enterprise, Nottingham Trent University.

Phillip Williams: Project Officer (Employer Relationships) Career Development Service, Division of Student Experience, University of Leicester.



Workshop Session 2

  1. What are the opportunities for career practitioners in the private sector?

Are you thinking about the wider career landscape for your next role after completing the course?

Perhaps you're wondering about career development work in the private sector or as an independent practitioner? How can you showcase your skills and experience to position yourself for the broadest variety of opportunities?

Rosemary Mc Lean and Valerie Rowles both started out as school career advisers but their career journeys have taken in a range of sectors and environments since then. Why not join this session to hear about their experiences and share in discussions about different kinds of career progression after study.

Rosemary McLean is a Legacy Fellow of the CDI and NICEC, a registered career practitioner and chartered occupational psychologist. She is currently a Director with Career Innovation ltd where she leads on work supporting organisations to develop career development strategy that helps employees manage their own career development.

Valerie Rowles is a registered Career Development Practitioner. She carries out associate work on behalf of a range of public and private sector clients and practices independently. Valerie is a legacy fellow of the CDI and a member of NICEC.


  1. An overview of the benefits and challenges of working as a Careers Adviser in a Catholic Sixth Form College and how the QCG at Huddersfield helped to prepare me for this role

John Morrison:  Careers Manager, Aquinas College, Stockport, Manchester.


  1. Looking at key career resources

A hands on look at the wide range of resources available for delivering career development. Covering different media from paper based, posters and DVD’s through to software. The workshop will consist of an overview of a selection of resources from a variety of publishers with the opportunity to browse the material on display.

Tony Ollerenshaw - Prospects Education Resources has over 25 years’ experience working in Careers Education, either as a Head of Sixth Form or a Head of Careers Education in a large 11-18 school.  During the last eight years he has supported Prospects Education Resources as a Careers Consultant providing a wide variety of schools and colleges with careers and higher education solutions for their organisations.