Director of Graduate Studies
Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education
|Room WCE1.01, Lifelong Learning Building, Westwood Campus|
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I work across CLL as Director of Graduate Studies, and Course Director for the MA in Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education. I also teach on the MA in Career Development and Coaching Studies, and MA Coaching, and supervise a number of postgraduate students.
PhD candidates are welcome to contact me with research proposals related to one or more of the topics and methods outlined below. It is likely you will be working as a researcher, educator, coach, career development practitioner, counsellor, learning and development professional, or some other role, not necessarily employment-related, with a strong focus on learning and self-development. Perhaps you've noticed a problem or issue that you'd like to explore more deeply? Maybe you're incubating a creative project with the potential for individual, social, and/or cultural transformation? If so, it would be good to hear from you.
I'm interested in supervising projects related to the fields of lifelong learning, adult education, career development work, coaching, and/or professional learning. Linked topics could include culture learning theory, depth psychology (especially Jungian and post-Jungian), and intellectual history. I can support a range of interpretivist and qualitative approaches to research including: literature-based, conceptual projects, action research, case study, arts-based, autoethnography, narrative enquiry, biographical methods, and/or interactionist.
My early scholarship related to education and career development work. Subsequently, this has broadened to include a range of topics including learning theory, coaching, narrative theory, social justice, and depth psychology. Lifelong learning remains the red thread running through and some illustrative publications and talks are shown below.
McCash, P. (in press). Personal myth and analytical psychology. In S. Carpani (Ed.), The plural turn in Jungian and post-Jungian studies: The work of Andrew Samuels. London: Routledge.
Midttun, K. & McCash, P. (2019). Social justice and continuing professional development: A workshop for career development practitioners. In T. Hooley, R.G. Sultana, & R. Thomsen (Eds.), Career guidance for emancipation: Reclaiming justice for the multitude. London: Routledge.
McCash, P. (2018). Career development at depth: A critical evaluation of career development theory from the perspective of analytical psychology. PhD thesis: University of Essex.
McCash, P. (2016). Employability and depth psychology. In M. Tomlinson & L. Holmes (Eds.), Graduate employability in context: Theory, research and debate. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
McCash, P. (2014). Foreword. In Association of Higher Education Career Services, Crafting the present for future employability: An AHECS employability module. Cork, Republic of Ireland: AHECS.
McCash, P. (2013). The professional development needs of career service employees in the university sector: A personal view on some contemporary challenges. Career Service Papers: Career Service Netwerk Deutschland, 11: 17-25.
Frigerio, G. & McCash, P. (2013). Creating career coaching. Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, 30: 54-58.
Frigerio, G., Mendez, R. & McCash, P. (2012). Re-designing work-related learning: A management studies placement module. Coventry: Career Studies Unit.
Andrews, D., Frigerio, G. & McCash, P. (2012). Final report to the British Council Pakistan on a consultancy to develop postgraduate courses in career counselling and education. Coventry: Career Studies Unit.
McCash, P. (2011). Designing a generic career studies module: A practical example. Reading: Centre for Career Management Skills.
McCash, P. (2010). Using concept mapping to develop a career studies curriculum. Career Research and Development: the NICEC journal, 23: 25-33.
McCash, P. (2008). Career studies handbook: Career development learning in practice. York: Higher Education Academy.
McCash, P. (2007). Career studies: New ideas for academics and careers advisers. Career Research and Development: the NICEC journal, 17: 23-29.
McCash, P. (2006). We’re all career researchers now: Breaking open careers education and DOTS. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 34 (4): 429-449. Link to article for Warwick staff and students. Link to journal public page.
- Career helping at depth: Working with the whole person in careers work
Career Development Institute Student Conference, Coventry University, 4/2019.
- Career development theories: Past, present and future (keynote)
Cultural learning, personal myth, transformation (workshop)
Rethinking Career Development for a Globalised World, NICEC Conference, University of Derby, 09/2016.
- Research for career and employability professionals in higher education
Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services Research Conference keynote address, Manchester Metropolitan University, 07/2016.
- Possible plots, possible people: New directions in career development
National Institute for Career Education and Counselling seminar, Hamilton House, London, 3/2014.
- Career dreams: Signs and symbols in our career imagination
Career Development Institute Annual Conference, Stratford-upon-Avon, 11/2013.
- Constructing career education: Curriculum design for an employability module
Association of Higher Education Careers Services CPD workshops, Dublin, Ireland, 6/2013 and 9/2012.
- Jung's reception of Adler: Some points of similarity and difference
Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies annual research conference, University of Essex, 5/2013.
- Re-designing work-related learning in higher education
Society for Research into Higher Education annual conference, Newport, 12/2012.
- Re-imagining work-relating learning
National Institute for Career Education and Counselling seminar, Hamilton House, London, 6/2012.
- Career development: A post-Jungian re-imagination
Psychoanalysis: society, culture and the individual (Freud, Jung and Beyond) conference, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, 6/2011.
- Re-imagining career education
Focus on working life conference keynote address and workshop, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, 4/2011.
- Developing a curriculum for career studies
International Centre for Guidance Studies seminar, University of Derby, 4/2010.
- Constructing an impact through career learning, information, advice and guidance
Learning and Skills Improvement Service conference for leaders in the FE sector, Tate Modern, London, 3/2010.
- Developing a career studies curriculum
International career studies symposium, Career Studies Unit and Centre for Career Management Skills, University of Reading, 9/2009.
- Career development learning through a life-wide curriculum
Learning to be professional conference (SCEPTrE), University of Surrey, 4/2009.
- Career studies in practice: New approaches to employability and career education
Higher Education Academy annual conference, Harrogate, 7/2008.
- Integrating theory and practice in career development
Association of Graduate Careers Services Ireland annual conference keynote address, Galway, Ireland, 6/2008.
- A career studies manifesto
National Institute for Career Education and Counselling seminar, Institute for Employment Studies, London, 5/2007.