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ESRC fourth seminar on careers: Digital technologies

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Sally-Anne Barnes
16 September 2011

This seminar will explore emerging and potential uses of digital technologies to deliver enhanced careers practice. It is being  held on Tuesday, 29th November 2011 and is being hosted by the University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow.

A number of  ICT and guidance experts will present, including Dr. Raimo Vuorinen, from Finland, whose presentation title will be: ‘The perceived role of technology and social media in career guidance among practitioners who are experienced internet users: chances and challenges’.  A detailed programme for the day will be available shortly.

Indicative programme:

9.30am – 10.00am

Registration: Tea/Coffee

10.00 – 10.15am

Welcome: Paul Martin, Vice Principal and Executive Dean

Introduction: John Arnold

10.15 – 11.00am

Dr. Raimo Vuorinen and Jaana Kettunen, Finnish Institute for Educational Research University of Jyväskylä: ‘The perceived role of technology and social media in career guidance among practitioners who are experienced internet users: chances and challenges’.

11.00 – 11.45am

Professor Vic Lally, Academic Leader Interdisciplinary Science Education, Technologies and Learning (ISETL) Group, University of Glasgow: ‘Inter-Life Project (Where Second Life Meets Real Life)’

11.45 – 12.30pm

Dr. Cathy Howieson, Centre for Educational Sociology, University of Edinburgh: 'Career websites: expectations and limitations’

12.30 – 1pm


1 – 1.45 pm

 Janet Moffett, Lecturer in Career Guidance and Development, University of the West of Scotland & Mark Steell, Skills Development Scotland: ‘LMI for Career Practitioners – the Scottish Approach’

1.45 – 2.30 pm

Professor Jenny Bimrose & Dr. Sally-Anne Barnes, University of Warwick:Skills & competencies required by career practitioners to develop internet-based practice’

2.30 – 2.50 pm

Tea/Coffee Break

2.50 – 3.30 pm

Martin McDermott, Head of More Choices, Mores Chances and Careers Team Youth Employability and Skills Division, The Scottish Government: Emerging and potential uses of ICT to enhance career practice’ (with Rob Doyle presenting ‘My World of Work’)

3.30 - 4 pm

Closing of Seminar – Graham Allan

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Seminar location:

The seminar will be held at the Paisley campus. Both vistor information and a campus map are available.

Paisley campus address:
University of the West of Scotland, High Street, Paisley PA1 2BE

Sally-Anne Barnes
14:23 on 26 September 2011

Brief Biographies of speakers:

Dr. Raimo Vuorinen

Dr. Raimo Vuorinen is currently the Co-ordinator of the European Lifelong guidance Policy Network, ELGPN. He is also an Executive Board Member and Vice-President of IAEVG 20011-15 and a Board member of the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy 2005 onwards. He has worked as a Senior Researcher and at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä, Finland since 2000. He is also an Associate Researcher at the Florida State University. 

In his work as a trainer and researcher Dr. Raimo Vuorinen has been focusing on the strategic design, implementation and evaluation of lifelong guidance services. Another key interest is Lifelong Guidance policy development. Since 2006 he is engaged in the development of The National Centre for Lifelong Guidance Expertise in the Jyväskylä University. His PhD dissertation thesis 2006 focused on the professional use of Internet based resources in career guidance. 

Jaana Kettunen

Jaana is researcher at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research of the University of Jyväskylä. In her work she has been focusing on pedagogical use of ICT in Learning and Working Environments. She has considerable experience of working with practitioners throughout Finland. Her current research focuses on the potential of ICT and social media in career guidance.

Dr. Cathy Howieson

Cathy Howieson is Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Educational Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. She has worked extensively in the area of young people's transitions through education, training and the labour market and the role of career guidance in this process. Her research includes studies of the impact of self-help materials on pupils’ career management skills; the outcomes of early school leaving; young people’s career aspirations and decision-making; the effectiveness of the Careers Service in Scotland; and the impact of the different arrangements for careers guidance across the UK.

Janet Moffett

Janet is a lecturer on the Masters and Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance and Development at the University of the West of Scotland.  She has been involved in the delivery and development of the course for over 15 years.  Despite the ‘ebb and flow’ of career guidance policy and practice the Labour Market Studies module (which Janet co-ordinates) has always been a consistent and significant part of the Career Guidance Programme.  Her input to this seminar will highlight the way UWS has integrated labour market research and career guidance practice and worked towards ’extreme collaboration’ with the LMI provision within Skills Development Scotland.

Professor Jenny Bimrose

Jenny works at the Warwick Institute for Employment Research and has over thirty years experience in higher education, researching and teaching at post-graduate level. Many projects on which she has worked have focused on the area of the theory and practice of career counselling and guidance and on gender. Ongoing research interests include supporting guidance practitioners in their use of labour market information in guidance and integrating ICT in career guidance practice.  

Dr. Sally-Anne Barnes

Sally-Anne Barnes is a Senior Research Fellow at Warwick Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick. Her research interests include: careers guidance theory and practice; ICT based innovations; and qualitative research methodology and data analysis. She has a particular interest and expertise in the effects of the implementation and application of technologies in organisational work and training settings.

Martin McDermott

Martin joined the Scottish Government in 2003 after studying Law at Glasgow University.  He participated in the Fast Stream Graduate Training Programme holding posts in Justice and Education, as well as undertaking a secondment to the European Commission working on EU Accession Policy.  He currently heads the More Choices, More Chances and Careers Team within the Scottish Government Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning Directorate.  The team work to support opportunities for all young people in Scotland to develop the skills they need to enter and stay in the labour market through continued participation in learning or training and to improve career services in Scotland. 

Mark Steell

Mark is currently Development Executive for LMI with Skills Development Scotland (SDS). He previously worked for Careers Scotland and Careers Service Companies in Scotland specialising in Labour Market Information and Employer Engagement services including secondments to Scottish Government and SLIMS (Strathclyde Labour Market Intelligence and Monitoring Service).

Sally-Anne Barnes
11:48 on 5 December 2011 (Edited 13:51 on 12 December 2011)

Powerpoint presentations:

Sally-Anne Barnes
11:49 on 5 December 2011 (Edited 11:52 on 5 December 2011)

Article entitled Labour Market Information and Intelligence: Embedding LMI into Training and Practice for Careers Advice by Mike Danson (University of the West of Scotland) and Patrick Watt (Skills Development Scotland) is available. Please do not quote from this paper without the permission of the authors.

Sally-Anne Barnes
14:06 on 12 December 2011

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