• Careers work in higher education in Pakistan: current practice and options for the future

      Zahid, Gulnaz; Hooley, Tristram; Neary, Siobhan; International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) (Taylor and Francis, 2019-01-31)
      In this article we examine the development of career guidance in Pakistani higher education. The article is primarily based on a review of the existing literature on career guidance in Pakistan, but also includes the consideration of some new data gathered from a review of higher education institutions websites and five case study interviews. It considers both local and global influences as relevant contexts for understanding how the development of career guidance in Pakistani higher education is taking place. Concerns about alignment between skills supply and demand provide key drivers both for the development of career guidance and for wider higher education reform. However the practice of career guidance in Pakistani higher education is shown to be lagging behind the policy aspirations, both due to limited investment and due to more fundamental cultural challenges that have yet to be fully addressed. If career guidance is going to continue to develop within Pakistan it will need to be strengthened by new policy and resources but also through the development of indigenous theories.
    • Challenges to recruitment for the career development sector

      Neary, Siobhan; International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) (Career Development Institute, 2018-10)
      In spring 2018 the Career Development Institute (CDI) together with the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) at the University of Derby undertook research with employers in the career development sector to assess current workforce needs. This was prompted by anecdotal evidence suggesting a shortage of careers professionals and challenges to recruitment in many areas of the UK. This research suggests that pay and conditions, geography and access to affordable training are impacting on the skills and capability of the sector.
    • Enhancing professionalism - progressing the career development sector

      Johnson, Claire; Neary, Siobhan; Career Development Institute; International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) (National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC), 2015-10)
      Much has changed in the career development sector since the launch of the Careers Profession Task Force report, ‘Towards a Strong Careers Profession’ in 2010. The report made recommendations for enhancing the professionalism of the career sector including the establishment of an overarching professional body, new qualification levels and common professional standards. The Careers Profession Alliance (CPA) and then the Career Development Institute (CDI), launched in April 2013 have striven to facilitate the sector to be stronger and more cohesive by addressing these recommendations. This article explores what was needed, what has been achieved and plans for the future.
    • Introducing a fellowship scheme for the CDI

      Neary, Siobhan; International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) (The Career Development Institute, 2019-06)
      The article outlines the process adopted and the outcomes for the development for a Fellowship programme within the Career Development Institute. It explores the rationale for adoption, the criteria for selection and strategy for progressing this new membership conferment.
    • Leadership and ministry, lay and ordained: Insights from rural multi-church groups

      Weller, Paul; Artess, Jane; Sahar, Arif; Neary, Siobhan; International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS); University of Derby (University of Derby, 2019-07)
      This report examines and explores leadership challenges and opportunities in the setting of Christian ministry and witness within the rural multi-church context. The challenges arise from a combination of demographic and socio-economic challenges coupled with inherited building, operational structures and patterns of ordained ministry. It utilises in-depth literature review, semi-structured interviews and a mapping of training provision to establish the challenges and opportunities for rural multi-church contexts. A lack of confidence was identified as the biggest barrier in encouraging clergy and lay people to look at ministry and witness new ways to engage in learning and development opportunities. It is recognised that a one-size-fits all approach is not appropriate but consideration needs to be given to the extension of formal training courses at local level, short modular approaches and the informal approaches such as mentoring.
    • Professional identity: what's that and what does it have to do with me?

      Neary, Siobhan; International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) (NCGE, 2015-11)
      With changes occurring in the Further Education and Training sector in Ireland, job roles and required activities may change too. Within this context, Dr Siobhan Neary recently provided CPD to the staff of the Adult Educational Guidance Initiative about retaining clarity about their own professional identity - a key issue for CPD. In this article, she expands on the theme on the importance of reflection on professional identity and how that identity impacts on practice.
    • Quality Assurance Standards A synthesis of quality standards across partner countries. Summary report.

      Dodd, Vanessa; Hagaseth Haug, Erik; Hooley, Tristram; Neary, Siobhan; International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) (University of Derby, 2019-05)
      This report presents an analysis of a range of transnational and national quality assurance (QA) practices in career guidance within partner countries, 21 quality activities were assessed. The report focuses on identifying the variety of different approaches, the factors that enable these approaches and the impact of these different approaches.
    • Quality Assurance Standards : A synthesis of quality standards across partner countries.

      Dodd, Vanessa; Hooley, Tristram; Haug, E.H.; Neary, Siobhan; International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) (University of Derby, 2019-05)
      This report presents an analysis of a range of transnational and national quality assurance (QA) practices in career guidance within partner countries, 21 quality activities were assessed. The report focuses on identifying the variety of different approaches, the factors that enable these approaches and the impact of these different approaches.
    • Reclaiming professional identity through postgraduate professional development: Career practitioners reclaiming their professional selves

      Neary, Siobhan; International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS); University of Derby (Taylor and Francis, 2014-01-06)
      Careers advisers in the UK have experienced significant change and upheaval within their professional practice. This research explores the role of postgraduate level professional development in contributing to professional identity. The research utilises a case study approach and adopts multiple tools to provide an in-depth examination of practitioners’ perceptions of themselves as professionals within their lived world experience. It presents a group of practitioners struggling to define themselves as professionals due to changing occupational nomenclature resulting from shifting government policy. Postgraduate professional development generated a perceived enhancement in professional identity through exposure to theory, policy and opportunities for reflection, thus contributing to more confident and empowered practitioners. Engagement with study facilitated development of confident, empowered practitioners with a strengthened sense of professional self.
    • Workforce needs of the career development sector in the UK

      Neary, Siobhan; Priestley, Peter; International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS); University of Derby (Career Development Institute University of Derby, 2018-11-01)
      The research utilised an online survey circulated widely through the networks of both organisations. Responses were received from 59 employing organisations, representing the four countries in the UK. 64% of responses came from larger career providers employing more than 40 staff. The respondents represented employers providing services to young people, adults, all-age, FE and a small number of HE providers. The research presents a snap shot in time which suggests that pay and conditions, geography and access to affordable training are impacting on the skills and capability of the sector. Recruitment issues, ageing workforce and technology are perceived as the greatest challenges to the career development field at the present.