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trail blazer
for british careers work

article - html: Peter Daws laid the foundations for a distinctively British careers work. Nobody has matched his breadth of mind, sense of humour or authenticity. Yet he was not a defender of careers-worker interests. His priority was student and client well-being. And he understood that those interests do not necessarily guarantee that well-being. I'm just sorry that technical problems have held back this appreciation of his life. Help to restore his place in careers-work thinking by entering 'Peter Daws' in this site's search engine

twenty-first century careers work
making a difference

resource - ppt: for a workshop beginning with a voicing of participants' concerns & hopes for the future of their work - icathing up with career managementt is designed to be available in advance, so that ideas can be shared & considered in the group - the core pages cover recognising programme possibilities - being clear about principles & practicability - connecting action to its organisational & social settings - attracting support from able & committed partners - facing both the good & bad news that all innovation entails - & getting the news to where it can feature in neighbourhood life - there are live links to backg round thinking on all these factors

change, politics & education
monograph - pdf: takes a hard-headed look at how neighbourhood, culture, education & policy feature in how people manage work-life & citizenship - it starts a new conversation, reflecting stakeholder rather than just shareholder interests - it considers who shall be heard & who must be heeded - it redefines the big society as civil society, acting independently of both political positioning & commercial lobbying - it asks what must happen if careers work is to be a useful public service - & that means building partnerships between educator-expertise & community-experience - it also means questioning dependence on doubtful psychology and economics - and it means making good the claims of the social sciences & narrative theory - it calls on the few educators who are ready for this, rather than the conscripted many who are not - the evidence-based argument is that the sheer complexity & unpredictability of navigating citizenship's and work-life's journeys makes route-&-branch curriculum development urgent, even more-so than trying to rescue what's left of face-to-face careers work - it confronts the evidence that neighbourhood, culture, education & policy are changing, even if some careers-work leaders appear not to have noticed

career management:
place space and social enclaves

journal article - pdf: explains how geography influences life chances - so that ‘winning-respect’, ‘self confidence’ and ‘freedom’ play out differently in different locations - each becoming a ‘social enclave’ with its own experience, culture & voice - & its own way of realising, or not realising, a stake in society - but nothing is fixed, all can be opened to the unforeseen - & that means working with what we once called ‘social class’ as though each social enclave were a distinct system - the article sets out what this means for career-development expertise working with career-management experience

5th July
Danish translation of
on-line careers work, hit & myth

monograph - pdf: see 7th November for coverage
& thanks for the translation to Anette Jochumsen and Dick W
fore Vejledning

1st May
careers work - distinct or extinct?
monograph - pdf: details how public-sector careers work will thrive alongside private-sector career-coaching - doing what only it can do, & not re-hashing C20th answers to C21st questions - we need a new start, from scratch - with stakeholders and clients the narrative is for navigating a changing, disputed and confusing journey - from careers workers the thinking is broader on psychology, more critical on economics, wider on social forces, sharper on ethics & closer to both curriculum and community - credibly defending careers wo
rk, re-imagining it, and evaluating it - organisations like the UK’s Career Development Institute cannot escape the challenge -
you should have your say

7th November
on-line careers work - hit & myth
article - pdf: examines ‘internet hits’, what on-line careers work does well - & myths which mislead and damage life chances - shows how careers workers are well placed to enable students to deal with this - (1) ‘grasp’ enables critical on-line thinking - (2) ‘reach’ enables transfer of on-line learning to off-line life - & (3) ‘embodiment’ embeds virtual learning in real-life identity - shows why all of this requires direct-and-personal contact

15th August
check this out
article - html: long-standing café resources - all influential - reorganised to link to recent café work, listed below - 'check-this-out' up-dates - on theory - reforming practice - establishing partnerships - repositioning curriculum - scrutinising narrative - tapping into social systems

8th August
new times. new thinking, new action
linked review of major café themes - pdf: just as it seemed that careers work is being shown the door, it finds another way in - & it's outsiders who help us find it - because what helps the comfortable can penalise the excluded - & they are the core of a growing number who celebrate stories rather than turn to expert advice - but stories need scrutinising, & careers workers are well qualified to enable that kind of critical thinking - not least in digital literacy - the trouble is that we are in no position to deliver what we know we do best - the way back is to value that... & why we do it... & who we allow to influence us - we know enough about how to do it... our biggest challenge is locating where we position ourselves... and the when is now - it's a new beginning, where vaunting qualifications is a C20th answer to a C21st question

7th August
examples of three-scene storyboarding - narratives of learning-for-living
handbook - pdf: storyboarding engages career workers & student-or-clients in talking & listening to each other - this is a quick start to that technique - illustrated by twelve worked examples, each setting a filmic narrative alongside its expert case study - key design features help expertise converse with experience - graphics add to the depth of storytelling - layout shows competitive positioning and exploratory discovery - narrative imagination gives control of one’s own story - enabling personal well-being while also enlarging careers-work professionalism - the handbook links to other sources on all these issues

1st August
digital literacy - repositioning on-line careers work
monograph - pdf: teachers are not best placed to enable people in the manipulation & configuration of on-line devices - we need another concept of digital literacy - one that calls on what educators do best - & not least when helping with career management - the monograph dismantles the imagery of digital ‘natives’, ‘visitors’, ‘colonists’, ‘neighbours’ & ‘predators’ - it argues for the critical scrutiny of the relationship between on-line virtuality & off-line reality - that means that digital literacy is not an on-line facility with devices, it is an off-line capacity for probing what the devices find - & that positions educators as enabling awkward questioning - how can an on-line self represent an embodied identity? - what links on-line connections to wider realities? - how does anybody know when on-line searching finds reliable learning? - we need this kind of critical-thinking narrative for realising the full potential of the net

28th June
enclaves, systems and voice
monograph - pdf & presentation: part of the MMU's project on ‘Place, Space & Social Justice In Education’ - shows how geography impacts life chances - & sets out how any place can become a bigger space - explains why it recognises enclaves rather than just localities - & how that serves social justice - it means working with ‘usefulness’ rather than ‘effectiveness’ - with exploration more than competition - with reliable process more than impartial content - & with the voicing of experience more than the engagement of expertise - the outcomes are best expressed as narrative rather than diagnosis - and both guidance and careers education need to make more space for all this - or lose the plot - presentation

5th April
three-scene storyboarding - learning for living
monograph - pdf: storyboarding is an interactive format-and-process for seeking meaning in experience and purpose in action - it offers a basis for life-wide & life-long relevance for learning programmes in all sectors - it has had a long and varied development, but all its features are collected in this handbook - it explains the method, illustrates the process, examines issues, sets out the theory, probes the philosophy, references the research, identifies the outcomes & suggests implications for policy - in a contents-list of almost forty 'nutshells' - all easily-searched - and all readily-linked - the underlying question is ‘live and learn or live and don’t learn, which is best?’ - there’s more than one way to find out in this handbook

1st January
philosophies for careers work
article - pdf (needs printing): interactive examination of philosophies of careers work - in crisis we need to be clear about such, often unspoken, assumptions - use this to develop your position on a spectrum of orientations, from post-modern to pragmatic - all are invested, day-by-day, in the ideas & materials we develop - it's time to probe what we claim - to understand why we are contested - to enlarge our professionalism - to know what directions we conscientiously can take - and must now avoid - ...and, also, to give a person a reason to get out of bed in the morning

other recent thinking
ten propositions in search of careers-work professionalism
monograph - pdf: a fully-referenced defence of our professions - the personal commitment and the organisational frameworks which support it - explaining disappointment with twentieth-century progress - offering a basis for an independent new start - enlarged thinking for negotiating funding, for research-&-development & for gaining the interested attention of clients-&-students - & of partners-&-stakeholders - no more postponements of recurrent fear - a new basis for sustainable hope

bill law's three-scene storyboarding
resource - ppt:
now entirely reorganised presentation - supports day-long participative workshop - key features, use in guidance & curriculum, & programme possibilities - new section on enabling questioning of narratives & on learning outcomes - designed to build a community of storyboarding practice

careers-work professionalism
article html: our professionalism is at a cross-roads - cuts and stress are eroding hope and aspiration - we can do something about it - this article re-works our credibility, expertise, partnerships & impartiality - & shows how that opens up new possibilities - for our clients and students - but, first, for us - it parallels the report of the careers profession task-force


check this out
long-standing & influential café resources

blogs & movies

27th August
catching up with career management - whose voices are heeded? what interests are served? & who can afford hope?
work-life needs a distinction between career development & career management - the former is what careers workers do to help - the latter what students & clients make of it - the two do not exactly correspond - & in a changing world we should worry when they do - educators & careers workers & their leaders need to catch up with the sense that clients & students make of learning & work - there is no single answer to the questions raised here - & none is simple - but any answer must take account of the politics of whose voices are heeded & what interests are served & who can afford hope

11th August
renewing the politics of education - how nations failed education - how cities liberate it - & how shock will set the agenda
probing what politicians do... & examining how educators find a better politics - probing whether people are fair to politicians ... & examining how educators scan their narratives for authentic voices - probing how to test for authenticity ...& examining how raising aspirations is a demanding test - probing the complexity for political focus ... & examining curriculum as community property - probing policy stories for their meaning ... & examining how educators' develop liberating backstories - probing why educators seize on shocks ... & examining how that connects to students in imagining new possibilities - probing what cities have that education needs ... & examining how student work with educators on making sense of experience

11th July
students - their educators - & the business-world - which way is forward?
probing whether there is an attempt at curriculum capture - no educator can afford to ignore that - exposing the doubts, the conflicts, and the role of a careers-work think-tank - showing how wider social-world perspectives find stronger bases for student-educator-employer partnerships - there are no heroes or villains here, just causes worth identifying and effects to be dealt with - explaining how genuine partnerships work best not on 'how-to-do!' prescriptions but on 'what-went-wrong?' diagnoses

1st February
what can government do for education?
covering the bases on how politics & education interact, and don't - with part two leading to an interrogation of 'politicians', 'policy makers' & 'performers' - & a probing of the emerging case for educators to ignore state governments & find new friends

11th November
why careers work's claim to impartiality won't stick - and why it probably doesn't matter - there is a bigger independent professionalism

12th October
is a careers curriculum ancillary to expert careers work? - or more than that? - & how does that work? - what do people seek from it? - why is there so little agreement? - & what are those ‘noises off’?

4th September
a detailed run-down of the many pressures on education, helping to explain why careers work now finds itself in such a fix

18th June
how education uses mind-boggling imagination to support learning-for-living programmes based on root-and-branch innovation

15th March
how public-sector careers work thrives alongside private-sector career coaching

23rd January
how & why professional careers workers need to shape the outcomes for a narrative workshop

17th January
Thessaloniki lecture - what political, commercial or useful future for careers work?

23rd October
David Andrews on the past, present & future of careers education in schools

17th October
why we need a career-learning theory
- now?

28th August
the essence of storyboarding -
findings, progress, issues and needs

23rd August
the future for narrative in careers work
can we? should we? will we?

23rd July
how narrative opens mutually comprehending partnerships between education and working life

11th July
presentation for the MMU
'Place and Space In Education'

25th June
mapping careers-work reform -
convenient myths or local voices?

22nd May
change needs a new narrative -
but where to start?

!2th April
storyboarding as a research tool -
supporting independent professionalism

!0th April
what do you say to this short account of careers - work storyboarding?

3rd March
post-coded careers -
how living, learning and working gathers into enclaves

24th February
careers work
in the thick of it -
NEETs and what we know about them

23rd December
opinions on
'why is professionalism
so important to careers work?'

15th December
language and career
who cares what anybody says about careers?

21st October
five practitioner leads for the future of careers-work professionalism

18th August
2011 riots -
time for careers-work reform

9th August
who's that kid in the café?
identity and role in careers work

1st June
careers-work on the net -
the future?

14th May
crunch-time for careers-work professionalism

12th April
why don't the poor listen to us?

18th March
careers-work creativity - the fizz and the burn?

14th February
the future of careers-work professionalism?



10th October
Bill under interrogation

concerning his involvements with career-management theory, career worker expertise, the use and abuse of narrative, what we should be doing about curriculum, & why he's pushing critical thinking

careers talk on the net
four short films examining issues for the future of careers work

filmed in Thessaloniki
38 minutes - in English
how understanding career management re-frames career expertise

...'as far as your imagination &
commitment will take you...'

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