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Career Adaptability in Practice Symposium


Working with Career Adaptability in Practice

A one day symposium to review progress in using the new UK Career Adapt-Abilities Inventory (CAAI- UK) in higher education career and employability work.
Monday 14 July 2014, Arden House, University of Warwick


Career Adaptability is an emerging theoretical framework that identifies and develops the psycho-social competences that individuals need in order to operate within the contemporary labour market. Rather than prescribing a fixed process or measuring a particular outcome, it focuses on the individuals’ ability to survive and thrive.

This symposium marks the reporting stage of a Higher Education Academy funded project to trial a new Career Adapt-Abilities Inventory (CAAI) for use in the UK.

In 2012-13, a consortium of Warwick, Newman and Birmingham Universities along with HECSU, established the reliability and validity of the CAAI for use in the UK.

In September 2014 we received Higher Education Academy funding to pilot its use in different contexts and for different purposes. Pilots have been running involving HECSU Warwick, Newman, Birmingham, Glasgow Caledonian, De Montfort, Manchester Metropolitan and Swansea Universities which have looked at:

  • Putting the inventory online and signposting to relevant resources.
  • Using the inventory as a reflective tool with cohorts of students in particular need.
  • Using the inventory to identify cohorts of students in particular need.
  • Integrating the concept of career adaptability and the inventory with an institution’s career and employability strategy.

A limited number of free places are available at the event. Do consider attending if you would like to:

Hear about pilot sites experiences of using the CAAI-UKComment on the challenges for implementing theoretically grounded tools in the crowded and contested career and employability spaceOffer feedback for the current project’s final reportBe considered as a site for further pilot work, if continuation funding is available.

The aims of the event are to:

  • Disseminate findings from the pilot sites
  • Share experiences of operating the pilots
  • Deepen understanding of how we can support practitioners to innovate
  • Inspire attendees to consider how they can use career adaptability in their practice in the future.

To secure a place at this event please send an email to




Monday 14 July 2014, Arden House, University of Warwick

Symposium Chair: Professor Jenny Bimrose

9.30 Registration

10 Introduction and overview (including a short presentation from Mark Savickas on what is career adapt-ability and why is it important)

10.30 Overview of adaptability in the UK: the instrument and its context

11.15 break

11.30 Stories from the pilot sites: aims, successes and challenges

1-2 Lunch

2 Emerging themes: round table discussions with facilitators and rapporteurs

3.15 What next? Practice/Policy/Research

4 Close