In a recent seminar, Phil McCash paid tribute to the seminal work of Bill Law whose work is known to many in the career development field. Phil argued that Bill’s ideas were ahead of their time in their focus on the role of gender and ethnicity in career development along with other community influences. The role of learning in the work of career development professionals was also emphasised. Bill Law, it was argued, helped us better understand the who, what, how, where, and why of career development.
A written copy and video recording of Phil’s presentation are available here:
Dr Phil McCash is a supervisor on the doctoral programme in the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Warwick. This innovative programme offers doctoral study to a range of people-focused professions including career development work, coaching, and counselling.
More information about the programme and how to apply is available here:
In the spirit of Adult Learners' Week 2020, we'd like to showcase some of our students who have returned to study.
- Jules Sparkle, student on the BA in Social Studies [2+2 degree pathway], applied for the degree after she was unsuccessful in a job application for not having a degree. Jules is now nearing the end of her time as a student at CLL and will be going onto further study at the University of East London. Read Jules' story here: https://warwick.ac.uk/study/cll/yourwarwick/studentstories/jules/
- Alana Wileman, student on the Foundation degree in Early Childhood, was always passionate about working with young children. Alana gave up her job in retail to work as a teaching assistant at her sons' school and then attended an open evening to find out more about the Early Childhood course and here she is now two years into the course. Read Alana's story here: https://warwick.ac.uk/study/cll/yourwarwick/studentstories/alana/
- Karen Burns, Full-time Social Studies student who had always thought of returning to study but found a reason to put it off. This all changed when an advert for our Gateway to HE course popped up on her Facebook. Now not only has she completed Gateway, she is coming to the end of her second year. Read Karen's story here: https://warwick.ac.uk/study/cll/yourwarwick/studentstories/karen/
- Clare Holland, student on the Career Development and Coaching Studies course, rekindled a desire to return to higher education when her teenage children were applying to university. It presented an opportunity for her to consolidate her personal development and guidance experience with a specific vocational qualification. Read Clare's story here: https://warwick.ac.uk/study/cll/yourwarwick/studentstories/clareh/
- Jim McGeoghegan, Teaching Fellow at CLL, began his CLL journey years ago when he studied the BA in Social Studies [ 2+2 degree pathway]. Now not only is he teaching on the Social Work programme here at CLL but his son is also a student on our Gateway to He course. Read about Jim's journey here: https://warwick.ac.uk/study/cll/yourwarwick/studentstories/jim/
Dr Phil McCash, Course Director, Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education, was invited to speak at the Career Development Institute Student Conference as an expert in the field of Career Development Work.
- How do you do career development work?
- How do get started with clients?
- How do you progress the work?
These are some of the topics he tackled at the talk. He introduced the concept of the cultural learning alliance drawing from the cultural learning theory of career development. Phil also discussed a series of practical case studies.
Due to Covid-19, the conference was moved online and is still available to watch here:
You can find out more about the conference here: https://www.thecdi.net/Student-Conference-2020
Ahead of International Women’s Day (8 March), the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association (ACAA) hosted an ‘Empowering Marginalised Women conference’ at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 4 March.
Gill Frigerio, Associate Professor at the Centre for Lifelong Learning presented at the conference: “Pathways to employability? Career development for marginalised migrant women.”