At the Cutting Edge Seminar 2024

At the Cutting Edge Seminar 2024

At the Cutting Edge-Research into Practice,
Reframing career practice in a hybrid world 

The purpose of this Cutting-Edge event is to bridge the gap between career theory, practice, and policy.

Free to CDI and NICEC Members

14.00 -14.10 Introductions and welcome – chaired by Rosemary McLean

14.10 -14.20 How to situate today’s topic in our context- Cathy Brown

Initially we will set the context to highlight how hybrid working has become a more natural way of working. In this introductory scene setting we will explore the prevalence, main influencers and summary implications for workers and employers.

14.20 - 14.45 What is the impact of hybrid working on access to career opportunities? - Nalayini Thambar

Hybrid Working is a mode to which many of us have become accustomed. Typically mandated as ‘work from home wherever possible’ at the start of the pandemic, employers have subsequently adapted and are still evolving practices to harness “the best of both worlds”. Those who are established in an organisation will be practised in navigating these approaches but there are new levels of complexity, even for the most confident and talented recruits stepping into a new workplace. For those in the early stages of their career, research and feedback indicate that their experiences are being dominated by screens while working remotely and significantly alter the ways to access tacit knowledge, develop appropriate behaviours and maintain wellbeing. Social mobility can be undermined, as can wider matters of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion which favours neither employees nor those who seek their talent. Reflecting on these evolving trends this session considers the important role of careers professionals in this space, whether supporting clients to engage with prospective employers, be selected and establish their career, or when partnering with employers to understand their evolving workplaces and support their attraction, recruitment, and retention.

14.45- 15.20 Is ‘integrated guidance’ a solution to support careers in a hybrid workplace? – Tristram Hooley, Ingrid Bårdsdatter Bakke & Julie Sikin Bhanji Jynge

Continuing the theme of the impact of hybrid working and the questions this raises questions for careers professionals and how best to respond. Should career guidance also become more hybrid, and if so, what does this mean. In this session we will present the idea of ‘integrated guidance’. Integrated guidance is based on the idea that career guidance is first and foremost an intervention to foster career learning rather than a particular methodology (e.g. face-to-face, one-to-one guidance). As such, it adopts approaches borrowed from design thinking to consider how we can reorganise guidance practice to meet clients’ needs and to make use of the opportunities offered by new technologies. In this session Tristram will encourage participants to reflect on their clients’ needs and explore the possibilities that are offered by adopting a digital or integrated approach to guidance.

15.20- 15.40 Breakouts

15.40 – 16.00 Plenary and conclusions

NICEC Biographies

Ingrid Bårdsdatter Bakke

Ingrid Bårdsdatter Bakke is a postdoctoral fellow and Assistant professor working at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, in Lillehammer, Norway. Her research focuses on Norwegian and Nordic work culture and how it affects career guidance, career guidance and policy, integrated guidance, and career guidance in the welfare system. She lectures and supervises students on the MSc in Career Guidance, and Further Education Counselling programme on career theory, career guidance, national culture, and organisational theory.

Cathy Brown

Cathy is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, career practitioner and writer. Over the last 20 years she has run her own consultancy business, Evolve, where she has supported individuals, teams and organisations through transitions and change. Cathy completed her MSc Occupational Psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London, and her MBA from European School of Management in Paris. More latterly, she completed her PhD explore organisational mobility at University of Derby. Cathy is a guest lecturer on Masters programmes at several UK universities. She speaks at seminars and has been featured in the media for her work including Radio 4, Leadership Today, Career Matters, People Management and Career Development International. She writes and publishes practical guides to support individuals through life transitions, under the brand: Testing the Water®. These are available on, Waterstones and other leading book sellers. Cathy’s client list includes, amongst many others: Akzo-Nobel,

Avis, BBC, Boots, Career Development Institute, Co-operative Bank, Co-operative Food, Costain, John Lewis, Lincolnshire County Council, Loughborough University, NHS, PepsiCo, Saint-Gobain, Shell, Travelodge, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, University of Nottingham. Cathy is a NICEC Fellow.

Tristram Hooley

Tristram Hooley is Professor in Career Education at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences and the University of Derby. His research focuses on the interaction between career, career guidance, politics and policy and technology. He has published 11 books and over a hundred articles, chapters, and reports. He is currently working on the second edition of his book on online research methods. He also writes the Adventures in Career Development blog at

Julie Sikin Bhanji Jynge

Julie Sikin Bhanji Jynge is an Assistant professor working at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, in Lillehammer, Norway. Her research focuses on career learning in higher education, competence requirements for career practitioners, and integrated guidance. She has methodological expertise in Q method. She is Program coordinator for the MSc in Career Guidance and lectures and supervises students in the program.

Rosemary McLean

Rosemary is a registered Career Practitioner and Chartered Occupational Psychologist with many years’ experience in the careers field. She now enables organisations to develop and shape career development strategy to support business goals and align individual aspirations and passions with internal opportunities. Her consultancy work with the Career Innovation Company is evidence based applying systemic approaches to career development in organisations including the development of career frameworks. She also designs and delivers career development workshops and has developed a next generation on-line career development course ‘Be Bold in your Career’ to scale up meaningful careers support to people in the workplace. Rosemary has worked as a careers coach in both the career transition and careers guidance fields and is a CDI Fellow and mentor as well as a NICEC Fellow.

Nalayini Thambar

Dr Nalayini Thambar is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a NICEC Fellow and a qualified careers adviser whose career has included teaching, professional practice, and leadership across all areas of student employability. Her primary research interest is the professional identity of Higher Education Careers Professionals. At Nottingham in the UK, China, and Malaysia, Nalayini led the development of expert services so that students and graduates develop their employability skills, consider global graduate careers and secure fulfilling roles. As AGCAS Quality Director she led the establishment of the Membership Quality Standard and the mapping of Professional Pathways for all UK HE Careers Professionals. She is now the Director of Planning, Performance and Strategic Change at the University of Nottingham.
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