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Dr John Gough

profiileDirector of Student Experience and Progression
Associate Professor, Career Studies

John dot Gough at warwick dot ac dot uk
Room WCE1.14

As Director of Student Experience and Progression, John works with CLL colleagues to enhance and develop our student experience, from the first point of contact with us through to graduation and becoming part of the alumni. This will cover induction; orientation; progression and hopefully successful transition to the world of work and/or further study. As many of our students are from non-traditional backgrounds, then our drive to offer a social inclusive and empowering student experience will be key.

John has been an Associate Professor in Career Studies. Prior to working at Warwick, he has run professionally-accredited career guidance development courses, including the Qualification in Career Development (QCD) and the Level 6 Diploma in Career Development and Guidance. In addition, he was also an Associate Head of an academic department, with responsibility for developing the student experience across a diverse range of courses. John has also taught across a wide range of UG and PG programmes, including Business and Organisational Psychology, Childhood and Youth Studies, Coaching and Mentoring, Social Work and Leadership and Management. Earlier in his career, he was a career guidance practitioner and held senior management roles in the HE sector.

He has been heavily involved in the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), being its President from 2002 to 2004; and has continued his involvement in the development of the career guidance and development sector.

John's research – including his PhD, which he gained from the Institute of Employment Research – shows his interest in professionalism and professional identity, and the ways in which people exercise their agency within complex organisational and socio-political contexts

PhD Supervision
Potential PhD candidates are welcome to contact regarding research proposals related to one or more of the following topics:

  • The formation of professional identity and professionalism within the context of neo-liberalism
  • The impact of neo-liberal policies on organisational behaviour, structure and culture
  • Developing knowledgeable and resilient ‘social actors’ through professional training and CPD
  • The role of cross-cultural story-telling archetypes and narratives in supporting and enabling individual development
  • The implications of ‘serious play’ for teaching and learning


Gough, J., (2021) The development of career guidance roles and their professionalism: 1999 – 2020. Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling – forthcoming

Gough, J., (2021) The development of career guidance provision in England, 1999 – 2020 – forthcoming special edition by the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling.

Gough, J., and Neary, S., (2020) The Career Development Profession: Professionalisation, Professionalism and Professional Identity. In P. J. Robertson, T. Hooley, & P. McCash (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of career development. Oxford University Press.

Barnes, S-A., Bimrose, J., Brown, A., Gough, J. & Wright, S. (2020). The role of parents and carers in providing careers guidance and how they can be better supported: International evidence report. Coventry: University of Warwick.

Gough, J.P., (2017) Educating career guidance practitioners in the twenty-first century. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 45, 2, 199 - 207

Gough, J.P., (2017) A Professional Identity for Career Guidance Practitioners. Journal for the National Institute of Career Education and Counselling, 38, 1, 15 – 20
Gough, J P., (2017) Professional identity : the case of careers guidance practitioners in England. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.