Student Conference 2018 Presentations

The new generation of career development professionals have a key role to play in the future of the career development sector. This conference will be of interest, relevance and value to students undertaking any of the qualifications accepted for the UK Register of Career Development Professionals.

Designed to highlight the latest developments in the sector, it is presented by a range of expert keynote speakers who are leaders in the field. The workshop and panel sessions offer additional opportunities to learn more about working in the different parts of the sector with young people, adults, employers and clients who have learning difficulties.

Supported by a small exhibition of sector providers and suppliers, the conference is a great networking opportunity too. You will meet students from other courses and learn more about the support provided by the CDI to its members and Registrants.

 

Scottish Student Conference And Exhibition 2018
Wednesday 28th November, Edinburgh Napier University

Welcome from the conference sponsor - The Royal Air Force 
Flight Sergeant Alex MacDonald 

Introduction 
Jan Ellis : CDI Chief Executive  

Keynotes

Keynote 1
Understanding the current landscape
Laura Bell: Director, Careers at the Education Development Trust and CDI President

Keynote 2
Jobs and skills in Scotland : Key themes and some implications for career guidance 
Colin Mack: Skills Planning Manager for the Evidence Base team at Skills Development Scotland 

Keynote 3
Gypsy Roma Traveller pupils' experiences of career guidance 
Nicola Hay : PhD Researcher, University of the West of Scotland 

Keynote 4
Empowering group action though collective approaches to practice 
Susan Meldrum : Programme Leader, Career Guidance and Development, Edinburgh Napier University 

Keynote 5
Career guidance and the future  
Professor Tristram Hooley : Professor of Career Education, University of Derby 

Keynote 6
Career coaching : Innovative new directions or just guidance in a suit!  
Dr. Julia Yates : Senior lecturer, at City, University of London 

Workshops

Talking Mats  
An innovative and award winning communication tool based on extensive research and designed by Speech and Language Therapists. Staff in the Career and Employability Service at the University of Stirling have worked in collaboration with Talking Mats Limited to adapt the tool to enable it to be a resource for Career Guidance professionals to use with clients of any age group in a variety of Career Guidance settings.
Elaine Watson: Careers Adviser/ Employability and Skills Officer, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, University of Stirling 

The service users' voice in career guidance 
This workshop will discuss the relationship between depth psychology and career development. The history of this relationship will be briefly explored together with contributions from the present day. Participants will go away with some simple tools and techniques for working with clients in this fascinating and rewarding area of our work.
Dr Peter Robertson:  Associate Professor/Head of Social Sciences, School of Applied Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University

Automation and the graduate labour market  
Rapid automation as a result advancing technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data is expected to lead to significant changes in the labour market. Whereas previous waves of automation have mainly impacted lower skilled workers, the current phase may present challenges across the skill levels.

Nigel Royle: Careers Adviser and MSc student, University of the West of Scotland

Good looks and good practice : the attitudes of career practitioners to attractivness and appearance  
We know that how people look has an impact on their careers, and there is a growing body of evidence which demonstrates the scale of the impact that appearance and attractiveness have on almost all aspects of working life. How should careers professionals respond to this? Are discussions about 'career image' outside our professional remit? Or are we letting our clients down if we decide not to talk to them about their appearance? And if we do decide to raise the topic, how could we best manage the conversation to make sure that we don’t damage our working relationship, or worse, their self-esteem? Over the last few years, Tristram and Julia have been exploring these issues, working with both careers advisers and students and in this workshop will share some of the findings of their research.

Dr Julia Yates: Senior Lecturer, City, University of London and/or Professor Tristram Hooley Professor of Career Education, University of Derby

The barriers to employment and training for young disabled people in Scotland 
Disabled people are twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people. This difference in employment is known as the 'disability employment gap', which has remained at around 30% for over a decade. The purpose of this research was to identify the barriers to employment and training for young disabled people in Scotland. There was a specific focus on barriers to entering Modern Apprenticeship programmes. Variations were found by disability group, occupational frameworks, geography and Modern Apprenticeship level delivered. In this workshop, delegates will look at what role they could play in promoting Modern Apprenticeships as a post school opportunity for young disabled people. Delegates shall be asked to consider how they can ‘influence the influencers’ and what further action, both nationally and locally, may be needed to tackle under representation in Modern Apprenticeship programmes. Delegates are encouraged to read the Skills Development Scotland Modern Apprenticeship Equality Action Plan prior to attending this workshop.

Kirsteen Allison – Equalities Executive for National Training Programmes, Skills Development Scotland.

Career coaching in a group 
There is little doubt that Career Development Practitioners are highly competent in using counselling and coaching models and techniques on a one 1-1 basis to effectively develop career management skills.  When it comes to working with groups, however, a lack of clear group work models often leads to less consistent group work outcomes and feelings of incompetency with  practitioners. This workshop will both challenge the long term focus of the career guidance sector on the 1-1 guidance interview and introduce collaborative coaching approaches to practice, such as the FAAST model (Westergaard, 2011) and GINA model (Meldrum, 2017). You will gain experience of using the GINA model and find out how your groups could encourage individuals to actively listen to each other, reflect and share thoughts and feelings, offer peer support and work together to create joint goals and action plans.

Susan Meldrum: Programme Leader Career Guidance and Development, Edinburgh Napier University

 

Student Conference And Exhibition 2018
From Student to Registered Career Development Professional
Wednesday 28th March, University of Derby

Keynotes

Keynote 1
Understanding the current landscape
Laura Bell: Director, Careers at the Education Development Trust and CDI President

Keynote 2
The new Careers Strategy and its implications
An overview of the new strategy 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 and CDI Policy Associate

Keynote 3
Gatsby Benchmarks and Compass
Professor Tristram Hooley: Director of Research, Careers and Enterprise Company

Keynote 4
Using careers labour market information and intelligence in practice
Sally- Anne Barnes: Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick

Keynote 5
Career Coaching: Innovative new directions or just guidance in a suit!
Dr Julia Yates: Senior Lecturer, at City, University of London

Keynote 6
Digital Skills: What career development professionals need to know

Nicki Moore: Senior Lecturer in Career Development, International Centre for Guidance Studies.

Workshops

#sameandifferent
Increasing understanding of the early career development needs of young people with learning difficulties – model, case study and campaign.

Jenny Connick – Founder, Talentino!

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.

Split Personality: the benefits and challenges of working in a dual role as a careers coordinator/careers adviser.
This workshop will explore the different duties of a careers coordinator and careers adviser within a school setting and look at practical strategies for balancing these two different roles. There will be an additional focus on the government's new careers strategy and how qualified careers practitioners can use this guidance to promote and enhance their role within schools.
Chris Webb – CEIAG Coordinator/Careers Adviser – The Ruth Gorse Academy, Leeds

Career helping at depth: working with the whole person in careers work
This workshop will discuss the relationship between depth psychology and career development. The history of this relationship will be briefly explored together with contributions from the present day. Participants will go away with some simple tools and techniques for working with clients in this fascinating and rewarding area of our work.

Phil McCash - Principal Teaching Fellow in Career Studies, Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Warwick