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Dr Phil McCash

Phil McCashAssociate Professor

Director of Graduate Studies

Course Director
Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education
Joint Course Director
Career Development and Coaching Studies
Room WCE1.01, Lifelong Learning Building, Westwood Campus
+44 (0)24 7615 1389

Please use the above email address to suggest times for an appointment via phone, Skype or in person

I work across CLL as Director of Graduate Studies. I also teach a range of modules on the MA Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education, MA Career Development and Coaching Studies, and MA Coaching, and supervise postgraduate students.

PhD Supervision
Potential PhD candidates are welcome to contact me with research proposals related to one or more of the following topics.

  • Lifelong learning
  • Career development
  • Coaching
  • Other forms of self help and self development
  • Cross-cutting topics linked to above (e.g. culture, identity, meaning, depth psychology, intellectual history)
  • Interpretive approaches to research

Research interests
In 2008, I was elected a Fellow of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, and currently edit the Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling. I'm interested in the re-imagination of career development in the workplace, education, and wider community; and have pioneered a research-informed approach to this subject. My scholarship covers a range of topics includes including career theory, learning theory, career education, holistic and depth coaching, narrative theory, and depth psychology. Some illustrative publications and talks are shown below.
Selected publications
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(PDF Document). 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(PDF Document). 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(PDF Document). 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(PDF Document). Reading: Centre for Career Management Skills.
McCash, P. (2010). Using concept mapping to develop a career studies curriculum(PDF Document). Career Research and Development: the NICEC journal, 23: 25-33.
McCash, P. (2008). Career studies handbook: Career development learning in practice(PDF Document). 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.
Relevant talks

  • 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(PDF Document), 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.