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New perspectives on career coaching – NICEC journal

Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling

March 2013 | issue 30

New perspectives on career coaching

This edition contains the latest thinking on career coaching. It features the results of a recent survey and papers focused on practice in public and private sector contexts. There are also new conceptual pieces and contributions from course providers outlining their distinctive approaches. In short, this edition is essential reading for anyone connected with this growing and exciting field.


  • The changing shape of the career profession in the UK – Charles Jackson
  • Career coaching in private practice: a personal view – Denise Taylor
  • Lost in translation: career coaching deaf students – Lynne Barnes and Elizabeth F. Bradley
  • Careers guidance and career coaching – what’s the big idea? – Bill Law
  • Developing sustainable career coaching in the workplace – Rob Nathan and Wendy Hirsh
  • The education and training of career coaches: a psychological model – Janet Sheath
  • A positive approach to career coaching – Julia Yates
  • Creating career coaching – Gill Frigerio and Phil McCash

Subscription and membership

The Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (ISSN 2046-1348) is published twice a year (cover price £20 per issue) and can be purchased via an annual subscription (£35 UK or £50 overseas including postage).

Membership of NICEC is also available (£100). Members receive the journal, free attendance at NICEC events and other benefits. For information on journal subscription or membership, please contact Wendy Hirsh:

PDF version: nicec-journal-flyer-march-2013

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Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are | Video on

Also see this excellent article by Oliver Burkeman.

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Interview confidence

Man on Wire by image munkey (Alan)

Getting the balance right can be tricky

A couple of months back someone asked a very interesting question on Careers Debate about how one expresses and demonstrates confidence in one’s area of expertise at an interview whilst avoiding self-aggrandisement.

Is it just a question of body language and non-verbal communication, or are there other clues that you can give in the way that you talk abut your experiences?

I gave a couple of quick responses at the time, but I thought it would be interesting to add a little more flesh to the bones here.

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It’s a cracker!

Apparently, Christmas cracker manufacturer Swantex is revamping its seasonal jokes because some of them might be offensive to Essex girls and mothers-in-law.

I thought perhaps we could contribute some career related lightbulb jokes. Hopefully, these will only cause offence to those with absolutely no sense of humour.

Broken by katmystiry

Are we sure these lightbulbs need changing?

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Cultural or universal

dharma wheel by Michael Hartford (mhartford)

Universal concepts

In The East and West of Careers Guidance, my colleague Saiyada talked about the Jiva project promoting career development counselling in India.

A recent paper by G. Arulmani (2011) expands on some of the cultural concepts that underlie this approach to careers work. I have my reservations about the research presented in the paper which claims to demonstrate that grounding career education in a culturally relevant framework is more effective than applying more universalist approaches.

This may well be true, but it’s really hard to tell from the details give of the differences between the two approaches used in the research whether the greater effectiveness is down to the cultural relevance or just down to providing a more coherent conceptual framework for the career development activities.

Aside from these concerns about the research methods, I do find the concepts derived from Asian spiritual traditions very thought provoking, especially when comparing them to equivalent concepts from Western career development theory.

Apologies in advance for my over-simplification of these concepts.

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An apology and an invitation

Busy business man 1 by bizior

Post-it notes are very useful

I am currently scrambling to get ready for my tutoring role on the AGCAS Advanced Guidance Skills course next week. So, I probably won’t have time to write a post for the next couple of weeks.

Here are a few things to keep you busy in the meantime.

You could look through the archive of previous posts to see if there’s any you missed.

You could think about what topics you would like to see covered here and get in touch with me (just comment on this post or tweet me).

You could even contemplate writing something yourself for this blog. I welcome contributions from anyone with interesting ideas and theoretical tidbits.

Finally, you could mosey on over to LinkedIn and join the Careers Debate group where a number of interesting topics are being discussed right now. (I still have time to contribute to that because I don’t have to do as much reading before I shoot my mouth off!)

You may also like this discussion on the value or otherwise of career planning in the Career Thought Leaders Consortium group.

See you soon.

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Purists and players

Man with cards

Somehow, I don't think he's a purist

Is four too much for you?

Last week I presented a few career-style typologies that came in sets of four, but it’s entirely possible that remembering four types might be too much for you — it often is for me.

So, how about just two types: Players and Purists. These two archetypes represent extreme approaches that graduates may take in  managing their employability.

They were identified by Phil Brown and Anthony Hesketh from Lancaster University in their book The MisManagement of Talent: Employability and Jobs in the Knowledge Economy.

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Book review – Switch (via Careers Service 2.0)

Check out this interesting book review by Helen Curry at Careers Service 2.0…

Book review - Switch: How to change things when change is hard I’m going to cut to the chase here, I really loved this book and have been wildly recommending it to everyone I meet. It has a clear message and engaging supporting examples throughout – definitely lives up to the hype. So what is it and what does it have to do with Careers 2.0? Switch really emphasises the importance of engaging your changees with your mission in an emotional way – Find the Feeling. People respond better to individual human exam … Read More

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It’s complicated…

A librarian/researcher friend alerted me to this. I thought it deserved a permanent place on this blog.

Related post: Are you following the script?


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How to comment on blogs…

…without making a fool of yourself

Another subversive comment

Subversive comments also welcome

Following the popularity of my post on How to read academic articles…and stay sane, I thought I would try to explore the subject of commenting on blogs. Obviously, I want you to comment on my blog, but this is advice that could relate to any blog or on-line discussion. I’ve come across quite a few guides on the technical aspects of commenting but none that help you with what to put in your comments. This is my attempt to fill that gap. The tips I give could also be applied to making contributions in meetings or other similarly intimidating activities.

Why don’t you comment?

My stats tell me that at least 500 people a week read this blog, but only a few comment. I really value all the people who do comment regularly or just once, but I would like to find out what stops those of you who don’t.

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