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‘To be the ‘go to’ organisation for teaching and learning activities which result in innovation in practice and create the careers sector thought leaders of the future both within the UK and beyond’

Over the past 20 years, iCeGS has been established as a centre of excellence within the career guidance sector providing research, development and consultancy services to a range of public and private sector organisations. Our work across all areas of adult and young people’s career learning, information, advice and guidance services provides us with a strong knowledge base of the needs of career guidance practitioners. iCeGS mission is to extend good practice in the field of guidance and lifelong learning, bridging the gap between managers, practitioners, researchers and policy-makers.

iCeGS is committed to

All activities undertaken by iCeGS and its associates reflect these commitments.

We construct training needs analysis, bespoke training and accredited work-related learning programmes that focus on meeting organisations and practitioners professional practice needs. All programmes are delivered by highly experienced iCeGS staff and Associates and can be delivered on-site. For further information contact Nicki Moore on 01332 591578 or email n.moore@derby.ac.uk

 

 

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Students talking about their experiences on our MA in Careers Education and Coaching. 

What we have on offer

This course incorporates the Qualification in Career Development (QCD), which is the professional qualification awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI).

This broad programme is rooted in practice and integrates various approaches to providing career support (including career guidance, career coaching and career education).  You will be taught by staff from the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS), a world-leading centre for the study of career development.  This provides you with a unique opportunity to engage with and learn from recognised thought leaders and influencers in the field.

This flexible course will suit individuals working or wishing to work in a variety of settings within the sector, including education, the community and the workplace.  You will explore theories, policies and practices of career education, guidance and coaching, and the framework for professional practice.

What you will study - you will study modules such as:

  • Career Guidance/Coaching Theory, Policy and Practice,
  • The Framework for Professional Practice,
  • Developing Working Relationships with Clients,
  • Using Career and Labour Market Information, Technology and Social Media to support Career Development,
  • Partnership Working,
  • Research Methods for Developing the Researcher Practitioner,
  • Independent Study.

Where you will study: University of Derby, Derby Campus at Kedleston Road.

Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time.

Deadline for applications: 4th September 

Start Date: September

For further information please contact Nicki Moore email: n.moore@derby.ac.uk.

Learn more about the MA Careers Education and Coaching 

The Centre supports doctoral study related to our areas of interest and expertise. Information about this can be found on our website and on the individual pages of the team’s profiles.

Doctoral students will be supported to pursue their research interests and contribute to the evidence base around career and career development. The programmes are open to national and international students with relevant qualifications and experience.

Recently completed doctorates in the Centre have focused on the evidence base in careers work, continuing professional development, youth transitions in working class communities, and on mentoring disadvantaged young people.

The Centre is current supervising projects around

Staff from the Centre are currently supervising doctoral studies on the following;

  • Employability for Accounting students in Greece
  • The impact of island location on students’ higher education choices and subsequent career narratives: a case study of the Orkney and Shetland Islands
  • Young people’s views on the gig-economy as a career option
  • Parental involvement in career education and guidance in senior general secondary schools in the Netherlands
  • Exploring graduates use of online career-related social networks
  • Professional identity of Environmental Health Practitioners

 

To discuss ideas for doctoral study please contact Dr Siobhan Neary (Head of iCeGS) email s.neary@derby.ac.uk

You can also find out more about doctoral programmes of study on the University of Derby's Research website.

All iCeGS training utilises research undertaken by the Centre to provide participants with skills and knowledge that is on the leading edge of practice. The training packages have been constructed to allow content and materials to be customised and delivered in a variety of settings to meet the specific needs of the commissioning organisation. Current training and support packages include:

Advanced Interview Skills - a three days training package supporting experienced practitioners to review, refresh and enhance their guidance skills;

Interview Skills for Advisers - a two-day programme providing an introduction to guidance for information and advice workers;

Introducing Guidance - a one day training course aimed at managers and those interesting in learning about guidance which develops an understanding of the guidance process and how it supports individual progression;

Effective Advice and Guidance by Telephone - a one day workshop to introduce and support practitioners in the delivery of quality provision using the telephone;

Theory for Effective Careers Guidance - a one day workshop supporting advice and guidance practitioners in developing a better understating of career theory and how it supports practice; and

Using social media for careers work - this on- day introductory training course provides a basic overview of what is meant by social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and provides a series of ideas and examples of how these technologies can be used in careers work. The course is hands on and participants will need to be able to access a computer throughout the day.

Evaluating school and college career guidance programmes – This one-day workshop will introduce the concepts and approaches of evaluation. The workshop will demonstrate how evaluation tools can be used to measure and demonstrate impact. Delegates will consider the evaluation strategies required to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks of good career guidance. Delegates will leave with a draft evaluation plan for their organisation.

For information about these programmes please contact Nicki Moore at n.moore@derby.ac.uk

We have also worked in more strategic ways with organisations, for example:

  • a strategic organisational development for university careers services in China and Malaysia;
  • staff development and service development in the United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka and Mauritius;
  • a training needs analysis for the education sector in Kosovo (the use of ICT in education) which resulted in the development of national occupational standards; and
  • bespoke training to career development staff working on National Careers Service contracts.

If you would like to discuss your organisations training and development needs, please contact Nicki Moore at n.moore@derby.ac.uk  or telephone 01332 591578

Visiting iCeGS to support your studies

The team at iCeGS are happy to welcome visitors to the Centre for periods of unpaid study. Study visits are self-directed. iCeGS does not offer a structured programme of study, but we can help you to make the most of your stay by supporting you to think through your research methodology, data collection and analysis. iCeGS also has an extensive reference collection of historical and contemporary materials which students can access during their visit.

Some visitors wish to visit the Centre to learn about our taught programmes. The Centre offers a full range of level 6 (final year undergraduate), postgraduate and doctoral programmes as well as several non-accredited, commercial training opportunities and a calendar of events which support the continuing professional development needs of the sector.

Visiting scholars are invited to consider what they can contribute to the work of iCeGS during their visit. For example, you could provide a guest lecture on one of our taught programmes, a seminar, and a presentation at one of our Associate's meetings or by contributing to a journal article or report.

For extended visits of more than one week, iCeGS will allocate a desk (we operate a hot desk system) and access to a computer, WiFi access, and a supervisor/mentor who will be your point of contact during your visit.

You will need to identify your own accommodation for the duration of your visit.

If you are interested in visiting iCeGS for a period of study, you will need to consider several things:

  1. How will your visit to iCeGS complement and enhance your studies or your understanding of the career guidance sector?
  2. How will you fund your visit?
  3. Where will you stay?
  4. What can you contribute to the Centre during your visit?

For an informal discussion about visiting iCeGS, please email Nicki Moore (n.moore@derby.ac.uk)

You will also need to complete an application form: Expression of interest for visiting academics

Visiting iCeGS to help you develop an understanding of the UK career guidance sector

iCeGS welcomes groups of international visitors who wish to make a study of the career guidance sector in the UK. These visits require considerable coordination and may involve visits to organisations offering career guidance such as companies who supply career guidance services, universities, vocational training providers, schools and professional organisations. Where visitors wish to undertake this type of programme, we provide this service under our commercial business stream. If you want to make this type of visit, please contact Nicki Moore (n.moore@derby.ac.uk) to discuss a bespoke programme and the associated costs.

 

NICEC is now seeking submissions for the Bill Law Memorial Award 2021. The award is a legacy and tribute to the work of Dr Bill Law, Founding Fellow of NICEC, who died in April 2017.  His work was recognised internationally and was significant in its impact on the way that career development is conceptualized and practised. The award will celebrate emerging innovation within the career development sector and importantly, the relationship between research, theory and practice. 

This is an award for a student who is on or has recently completed (within the last 12 months) any relevant programme. This includes anyone studying for a level 6 level in career development (including career leaders), PGDip/Masters/SCQF 11 and Doctoral students or a CIPD programme.

The submission should present original research or innovative practice in a career or coaching-related topic.

The award will be made on March 11th as part of the UK Career Development Awards.  

For more information and guidance on how to make a submission please go to the NICEC website here: http://www.nicec.org/

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