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This section contains the following publications that include discussions of important professional practice and policy development issues:

Cabinet Office (2009) Unleashing Aspiration: The Final Report of the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions Cabinet Office: London

A report on fair access to the professions which highlights the Milburn Committee's findings including an assessment of key strengths and shortfalls in careers professional practice.


Cedefop. (2009). Professionalising career guidance: Practitioner competences and qualification routes in Europe (No. 164, Cedefop panorama series). Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities.

Cedefop commissioned a major European study which examined ways of improving the professionalisation of career guidance practitioners focusing specifically on competences and qualifications.

Bimrose, J. (2006) The Changing Context of Career Practice: Guidance, Counselling or Coaching? Occasional Paper, Centre for Guidance Studies (CeGS) Derby: University of Derby.

An inaugural paper which sets out the changing nature of career guidance practice in the UK and the implications for professional practice now and in the future.

Bysshe, S. & Hirsh, W. (2006) Careers Interventions in the Workplace, Centre for Guidance Studies (CeGS) University of Derby in assocation with the National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling (NICEC), Cambridge, IAG review papers commissioned by DIUS: Sheffield.IGW4 report 3rd March 2006.

A DIUS funded research report which provides an overview of key professional practice issues relating to the delivery of career interventions in the workplace.

Hughes, D. & Higginbotham, S. (2006) The Future of Professional Guidance: Where next? CeGS Occasional Paper, Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby

An occasional paper that argues that the time has arrived for the career guidance profession to renew itself in order for it to become credible, cogent and connected in today's society.

Jarvis, P. (2000) The Blueprint for Life/Work Designs. Ottawa, Canada: National Life-Work Centre

This resource has been designed with the dual purpose of informing the practitioner and policy maker alike. It presents user-friendly language that can be applied in a range of career-related settings. The .contents have been adapted for professional practice use in various parts of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.


Reid, H.L. (2004) Jimmy Cricket on my shoulder: professional common sense and formal supervision as routes to ethical awareness. In: Reid, H.L. & Bimrose (eds.), Career Guidance: Constructing the Future, pp. 39-54. Stourbridge: Institute of Career Guidance.

This chapter explores constructivist theories in career guidance and examines opportunities for enhanced professional practice linked to supervison and mentor/mentee relationships.

The Age and Employment Network (2009) Survey of Jobseekers Aged 50+ TAEN:London supported by the European Union Social Fund.

This second TAEN survey of jobseekers 50+ focuses on people in mid or later life and their attitudes towards work and fast changing labour markets. It provides powerful quotes and insights to inform professional practice for those working with older adults.

Little, B. & Harvey, L. (2006). Learning Through Work Placements and Beyond. Manchester: Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU).

This report for HECSU and the Higher Education Academy's Work Placements Organisation Forum investigates students' perceptions of learning from placements (planned as part of an undergraduate curriculum) and explores how values and ethical positions are developed on placement. Lessons learned for professional practice are considered.

OECD (2004). Career Guidance: A Handbook for Policy Makers. Paris: OECD/European Commission. (OECD 2004)

This publication arises from major reviews of national career guidance policies conducted by the OECD and the European Commission during 2001-2003. Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Korea, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom took part in the OECD review.

UKCES (2009) Working Futures 2007 – 2017 Executive Summary London: UKCES, July 2009.

A useful professional resource which highlights major occupational trends and changes in the UK labour market. The contents should enable careers and work experience practitioners/managers to identify shifts in fast changing

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