Workforce development

iCeGS has an extensive record in undertaking research which explores how individuals develop the skills, knowledge and aptitudes to transition into and through work. These skills are often referred to as career management skills and provide a framework that defines the skills and attributes which individuals can develop to effectively navigate and manage their own career. The Centre has worked with Skills Development Scotland and LSIS in England and the Erasmus + funded Leader project to develop Career Management Skills frameworks that underpin and support professional career and personal guidance.

Recent publications include:


Dodd, V., Hanson, J., & Hooley, T. (2021). 'Increasing students’ career readiness through career guidance: measuring the impact with a validated measure'. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, pp. 1-14


Neary, S., Bujok, E., and Mosley, S. (2017) Leading career management skills in Europe. Career Matters 5 (2)


Neary, S. and Hooley, T. (2016) Introducing the Leader Framework for Careers (1.0). Derby. University of Derby

Neary, S. and Dodd, V., Hooley, T. (2016) Understanding career management skills: findings from the first phase of the CMS Leader project. Derby University of Derby

Mackay, S., Morris, M., Hooley, T., and Neary S. (2016) Maximising the impact of careers services on career management skills: a review of the literature. Derby: University of Derby


Hooley, T., Watts, A. G., Sultana, R. G. and Neary, S. (2013). The 'blueprint' framework for career management skills: a critical exploration. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 41(2): 117-131