Technology and guidance

Technology is having a profound impact on the way people view their careers.

The CDI’s digital strategy for the careers sector sets out the institutes aim for the careers sector of aiming to embed “…digital literacy in every aspect of the work of career development practitioners.” This echoes wider changes where digital technologies are increasingly seen as pivotal to careers practice and the environment in which individuals develop their careers. These changes have profound implications, for the delivery and practice of careers guidance. iCeGS research has highlighted the crucial role that technology plays in both the delivery of career guidance and how individuals think about and manage their careers.

iCeGS recent research involving the role of technology in guidance includes:


Hooley, T. (2023). The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be! Revisiting the Changing World of Work After Covid- 19 . in: Buford, M. V., Sharp, M. J. and Stebleton, M. J. (ed.) Mapping the Future of Undergraduate Career Education: Equitable Career Learning, Development, and Preparation in the New World of Work Abingdon, Oxfordshire Routledge. pp. 38-51


Knight, E., Staunton, T., and Healy, M. (2022). About University Career Services’ Interaction with EdTech. In Kaplan, A (Ed.). (2022). Digital Transformation and Disruption of Higher Education. Cambridge University Press


Moore, N. (2021). 'What has digital technology done for us and how can we evolve as a sector to make best use of what it has to offer?' Journal of the national Institute of career education and Counselling, 46, pp 25 - 29. 


Hooley, T. (2020). 'Pining for the fjords: International perceptions of work, education and career guidance'. In Hagaseth Haug, E., Hooley, T., Kettunen, J. and Thomsen, R. (2020). 'Career and career guidance in the Nordic countries'. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, pp. 37-50.

Hooley, T. & Staunton, T. (2020). 'The role of digital technology in career development'. In Robertson, P., Hooley, T., & McCash, P. (Eds.). 'The Oxford handbook of career development'. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-14.


Moore, N. and Czerwinska, K. (2019). 'Understanding the use of digital technology in the career development sector'. University of Derby. 

Staunton, T. (2019) Icarus, Grannies, Black Holes and the death of privacy: exploring the use of digital networks for career enactment, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling [online] 


Boath, E., Vigurs, K. 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.103-111.

Hooley, T. & Cutts, B. (2018). 'It all kind of symbolises something doesn't it?' How students present their career image online, Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, 40 (1), 40-47.

Moore, N. (2018). Thinking digitally in a digital worldCareers Matters Issue 6 (1) 42-43. CDI.

Staunton, T. (2018). A critical response to Hooley’s Seven Cs of digital literacy. Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, 40, 47-53.


Moore, N. (2017). Competences of a Careers Advisor in the digital age, in H Košolová (ed.) The Diverse World of Career Guidance. EKS. pp. 10-12.

Staunton, T. (2017) 'Education and the digital revolution' in Marshall, J. (Ed.), Contemporary Debates in Education Studies. Routledge, pp. 171-181.

Vigurs, K., Everitt, J. and Staunton, T. (2017) The Evidence Base for Careers Websites: What Works? The Careers and Enterprise Company.


Staunton, T. (2016). Social media, social justice? Consideration from a career development perspective. Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, 36, 38-45.


Hooley, T., Shepherd, C. and Dodd, V. (2015). Get Yourself Connected: Conceptualising the Role of Digital Technologies in Norwegian Career Guidance. International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.


Longridge, D., Hooley, T. & Staunton, T. (2013). Building online employability: A guide for academic departments, University of Derby.


Hooley, T. (2012). How the internet changed career: framing the relationship between career development and online technologies. Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC). 29: 3-12.

Longridge, D. & Hooley, T. (2012). An experiment in blended career development: The University of Derby’s social media internship programme. Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling. 29: 39-46.


Hooley, T., Hutchinson, J. and Watts, A.G. (2010) Careering Through The Web. The Potential of Web 2.0 and 3.0 Technologies for Career Development and Career Support Services. UKCES.

In addition to our research, both Tristram Hooley and Tom Staunton have strong track records in providing workshops and conference presentations on the role of technology and particularly social media in careers.