Careers work in higher education

Careers work in higher education plays an essential role in informing choices and improving student’s career development.

The creation of the Office for Students alongside the development of the TEF and the new Graduate Outcomes survey puts careers at the centre of how a wide range of stakeholders understand the role of Higher Education in Society. iCeGS research in this area is focussed on providing practical solutions to improve the experience of students throughout their journey through higher education and beyond. Alongside this iCeGS has also developed in critical conversations around how HE is experienced by different groups in society. iCeGS research outputs in this area include:


Hooley, T., Hanson, J. and Clark, L. (2022). Exploring students’ and graduates’ attitudes to the process of transition to the labour market. Industry and Higher Education. pp. 1-14. 


Staunton, T. (2021) Exploring critical perspectives on labour market information through the lens of elite graduate recruitment, Higher Education Quarterly


Hooley, T. (2020). 'Save the student labour market'. The Student Employer, pp. 12-14


Hanson, J., and Clark, L. (2019)'Evaluation of the Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Collaborative Outreach Programme' International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby. 


Burke, C. and Christie, F. (eds.) (2018) Understanding Graduate Careers: Research, Policy and Practice in Context. London: Routledge. 

Burke, C. and Hannaford-Simpson, S. (2018) “ ‘Investing Your Future’: The Role of Capitals in Graduate Employment Pathways”. In: Burke, C. and Christie, F. (eds.) Understanding Graduate Careers: Research, Policy and Practice in Context. London: Routledge.

Burke, C. (2018) “Maybe it is for the Likes of Us…: Reconsidering Classed Higher Education and Graduate Employment Trajectories”. In: Stahl, G., Wallace, D., Burke, C. and Threadgold, S. (eds.) International Perspectives on Theorizing Aspiration: Applying Bourdieu’s Tools. London: Bloomsbury.

Neary, S. and Hanson, J. (2018) A new career in higher education careers work, in C. Burke and F. Christie (Eds) Understanding Graduate Careers: Research, Policy and Practice in Context, Abingdon: Routledge. 

Vigurs, K., Jones, S., Everitt, J. and Harris, D. (2018) Higher Fees, Higher Debts: Unequal Graduate Transitions in England? In S. Riddell, E. Weedon, S. Minty and S. Whittaker (Eds) Higher education, access and funding: the UK in international perspective, Bingley: Emerald, pp. 81-98.

Vigurs, K., Jones, S., Harris, D. and Everitt, J. (2018) Graduate Gap Years: Narratives of postponement in graduate employment transitions in England, in C. Burke and F. Christie (Eds) Understanding Graduate Careers: Research, Policy and Practice in Context, Abingdon: Routledge.

Vigurs, K., Boath, E. and Frangos, J. (2018) “Twittering Away - Is Twitter an Appropriate Adjunctive Tool to Enhance Learning and Engagement in Higher Education?”Innovative Practice in Higher Education, 3 (2), pp. 101-103. 


Artess, J., and Hooley, T. (2017) 'Toward a new narrative of postgraduate career' in R. Erwee et al. (eds.), Postgraduate Education in Higher Education, University Development and Administration

Artess, J., Hooley, T. and Mellors-Bourne, R. (2017). Employability: A Review of the Literature 2012-2016. York: Higher Education Academy


Weller, P. and Hooley, T. (2016). How religion or belief frame participation and access in UK higher education. In Aune, K. and Stephenson, J. Religion and Higher Education in Europe and North America. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.


Cutts, B., Hooley, T. and Yates, J. (2015). Graduate dress code: How undergraduates are planning to use hair, clothes and make-up to smooth their transition to the workplace. Industry and Higher Education, 29 (4):271-282.