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ESRC third seminar on careers: Professional identity formation

3rd seminar in the series: 9th June 2011, University of Limerick

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Sally-Anne Barnes
3 June 2011

This seminar will explore careers work and workers across a range of public and private sectors.

It is being  held on Thrsday, 9th June 2011 and is being hosted by the University of Limerick in the Engineering Research Building. The campus map can be downloaded here.

9.30am – 10.00am, Registration and tea/coffee. Location: Common Room Millstream Courtyard

10.00 – 10.15, Opening of Seminar, Professor Mary O’Sullivan, Dean of Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, University of Limerick and Professor Jenny Bimrose, University of Warwick

10.15 – 11.15, Title: Contemporary perspectives on the process and outcome dimensions in the shaping of professional identity in post-primary and adult guidance work. Lucy Hearne and Tom Geary, University of Limerick

11.15 – 12 noon, Title: The professional identity of the Guidance Counsellor within the Irish public education sector. Jennifer McKenzie, National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE)

12 noon – 12.30, Twitter-type discussion on emerging issues. Laurie Cohen, Loughborough University and John Arnold, Sheffield University

12.30 – 1.15, Lunch. Location: Common Room Millstream Courtyard

1.15 – 2.15, Title: The new employability imperative and its impact on professional identities in Higher Education Careers work. Gill Frigerio, Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Warwick

2.15 – 3.00,  Title: Career development work from the perspective of the HR professional working with mature career changers. Kenneth Buchholtz, Chartered FCIPD, Campbell International Human Resource Consultants, Ireland

3.00 – 3.50 p.m., Open Forum Discussion. Facilitators: Dr. Deidre Hughes, DMH Associates and Professor Marie- Parker Jenkins, University of Limerick

3.50 - 4 p.m., Closing of Seminar

4 p.m., Tea/coffee and cake. Location: Common Room Millstream Courtyard


Brief Biographies of Speakers:

John Arnold is Professor of Work Psychology at the Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield. He is a Fellow and Chartered Psychologist of the BPS and a Registered Psychologist with the Health Professions Council. His particular interests include career choice, personal development and adjustment, work role identities and transitions, career success and failure, mid/late career issues, and the impact of career management interventions such as mentoring, development centres and succession planning.

Jenny Bimrose, Warwick Institute for Employment Research (IER), has over thirty years of experience in teaching, researching and managing in higher education. Jenny has acted as a consultant for the Council of Europe on careers guidance and as a trainer and consultant with numerous UK careers organisations. Her current research focuses on supporting career guidance practice by integrating theory with the practice of careers guidance, especially around labour market information and the use of ICT.

Laurie Cohen is Professor of Organization Studies at Loughborough University, and leader of the new Centre for Professional Work and Careers. Laurie's research interests primarily concern career change, perceptions and enactment of careers in professional and the use of interpretive and narrative methods in the study of career. She has published widely and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Vocational Behavior, Human Relations, Journal of Management Inquiry and Management Learning.

Gill Frigerio has worked as a guidance practitioner and careers service manager in Higher Education for twelve years. She is now the Course Director of the Management of Student Work Experience programmes in the Career Studies Unit at the University of Warwick.

Tom Geary is a Lecturer and Course Director of the Graduate Diploma and MA in Guidance Counselling in University of Limerick. Tom is also Joint Course Director of the Graduate Diploma/MA in Integrative Psychotherapy in UL. His teaching and research interests are focused on the personal development of students and the therapeutic use of self in counselling and psychotherapy.

Lucy Hearne is a Lecturer and Course Director of the Graduate Diploma and MA in Guidance Counselling in University of Limerick. Lucy has worked in a number of guidance settings, including the Irish Adult Educational Guidance Initiative (AEGI). Her doctoral research focused on the issue of outcome measurement in Irish adult guidance practice which was funded by an Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarship (IRCHSS).

Jennifer McKenzie is the Director of the National Centre of Guidance in Education (NCGE). Prior to her appointment in February, 2010, Jennifer was the National Co-ordinator of the Adult Education Guidance Initiative (AEGI) with responsibility for co-ordinating the development, monitoring and evaluation of 40 services nationwide. Jennifer is one of the designated representatives for Ireland at the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELGPN).

Professor Marie Parker-Jenkins is Professor of Education in the Department of Education and Professional Studies, University of Limerick, researching issues of social justice with particular reference to “race” and ethnicity. She is the author of over 100 publications including books, reports, and conference and journal articles. She taught in five universities before coming to Limerick, and her current research is concerned with responding to diversity within the Irish context.

Kenneth Buchholtz, MBS HRM, Chartered FCIPD, is director of Campbell International Human Resource Consultants, a highly competent Human Resources Consultant with more than 29 years experience in various countries across a diverse range of industrial sectors. Kenneth has worked for the last 17 years in Ireland. He is currently the Chairman of CIPD Midwest 2010 - 2012.


How to get here:

The University of Limerick is located on the outskirts of Limerick city (east) with easy access to Dublin, Cork, and Waterford main routes. Attached is the University of Limerick campus map to direct you to the location of the Seminar Room (ERB001) in the Engineering Research Building. The Millstream Courtyard is directly behind and to the right of the main entrance to the Engineering Research Building. Further information about UL is available at

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Powerpoint presentations:

Sally-Anne Barnes
09:49 on 14 June 2011

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Laurie Cohen
9:15am 27 July 2011

The last slot in the morning session was a 'Twitter type' activity in which participants were asked to 'post' their tweets on emerging issues from the morning's speakers on the whiteboard - sometimes as questions, sometimes as statements. The usual twitter rule of 140 characters max applied. Following are particpants' tweets. We invite you to post your further comments.

What is the core body of knowledge and skills that defines a guidance professional?

Too much is expected of guidance professionals

How permeable is the boundary between what career guidance and counselling is, and is not. Who decides?

Should career guidance counsellors be allowed to wear only 1 hat? And could/should they be more arms' length (think EAP [employee assistance programme] vs HR)?

Terminology: is the label 'counsellor' (guidance or even career counsellor) suitable for all clients' development and learning?

Expand the school year

The post-primary guidance counsellor is a middle manager

The guidance counsellor is a gate-keeper and a boundary spanner in a specialised service

Non teacher qualified guidance counsellors should be considered for post-primary guidance posts

How can 'professionalism' be maintained in the face of deteriorating conditions, pay, contracts, specifications?

Does being a professional require all members to see their job in the same way?

Is education for livelihood or is it for living?

Professional identity - is it acquired or learned?

The need for on-going CPD for coping with the current reality

How do you get people to stand proud of the careers profession?

Does context determine professional identity?

Having/developing the skills to critically reflect on ourselves is key to us as practitioners

Our clients and their capacity to navigate life in a complex world

Our organizations and ensuring they meet the needs of us, our clients and society

Adult guidance has a history of flexibility and responsiveness to socio-economic changes. Can school guidance learn from this?

Change the language - change the thinking. What do we call guidance counsellors?

Embed the school in the community


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