July 23, 2019 dmh

Career Development: Identity, Innovation and Impact


In fast changing societies with political change, uncertainty and unstable labour markets how do we create sustainable spaces and places in local communities that support career development on a lifelong basis? With Brexit alongside European and International policy developments turbulent times lie ahead, coupled with an acceleration of technological advances, that will reshape and redefine learning and work as we know it.

This International Conference with leading experts from around the world is aimed at leaders, managers and practitioners from the public, private and third sectors working with young people and/or adults.

Delegates attending will receive a practical ‘takeaway’ Toolkit

The conference will explore ways in which career development (sometimes referred to as career exploration, guidance, counselling and/or coaching) can be applied in practice using innovative and impactful strategies and techniques, drawing on best practice solutions.

Target audience:

  • Leaders, managers and careers practitioners from public, private and third sectors working with young people and/or adults in schools, colleges, universities, within the workplace or training settings, HR departments, adult guidance community services, national careers services, combined/local authorities, local enterprise partnerships and public employment services.

One’s identity is not constructed solely by the individual but can only emerge and exist as a result of meaningful interaction with others. At times individuals hit the proverbial wall when their sense of identity is challenged, diminished or even lost and this results in the inability to act with confidence. Therefore, there is a growing need for new approaches and tools that allow us to deal with the complex, contradictory, and contested nature of career development for all. This is a political, cultural and social phenomenon that requires greater understanding of contemporary career narratives and how these unfold from an early age, throughout schooling and beyond. We will pay tribute to the seminal works of Prof. Frans Meijers and Dr Bill Law and the lasting legacies of their research and practical ideas for career development.


The aim is to focus on career development practice, policies and research that empower individuals to adapt to change and uncertainty in the pursuit of happiness, wellbeing and self-actualisation.



 By the end of the conference delegates will have had an opportunity to explore and discuss:

  • new concepts and meanings attached to career development for all in an inclusive and multi-cultural society;
  • latest developments in the pursuit of happiness and the dialogical self, career coaching, narratives and creative writing in differing settings with young people and adults;
  • insights to evidence-based theories and policies that can be applied in practice, including the Gatsby principles;
  • rapid advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the effective use of labour market intelligence and information (LMI) impacting on professional identity transformation; and
  • strategies and techniques for being empowered to shape change and cope with stress in ever demanding workplaces.


Delegates will receive a resource pack including copies of all presentations.

Speakers (confirmed)



Prof. Hubert Hermans is professor emeritus at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He is best known as the creator of Dialogical Self Theory (DST). He is president of the International Society for Dialogical Science (ISDS) and associate editor Dialogical Self Theory for the Journal of Constructivist Psychology. He is the leader of an international network of scientists and practitioners working on DST. For his scientific merits to society, he was decorated as Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion in 2002. He was elected as foreign member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Art in 2018.




Liane Hambly has over thirty years experience in the career development field. She is renowned for the design and delivery of inspirational learning programmes, insightful and practical consultancy and creative approaches to career coaching. In 2018, she co-authored a new and innovative book published by Routledge on ‘Creative Coaching: Theory into Practice’ with Ciara Bomford. She is the lead trainer in career theory, guidance practice, motivational techniques and telephone guidance. To date she has trained over 9000 practitioners throughout the UK drawn from private, public and third sector organisations.




Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE is Director of DMH & Associates Ltd., Co-Editor of the British Journal for Guidance and Counselling, International Symposium Series and an Associate Fellow at the University of Warwick, Institute for Employment Research (IER). She is best known for her national and European work on the evidence-base for career development. She is a freelance academic researcher, career development professional and government policy adviser. She has written over 125 articles and book chapters, and made over 200 presentations to international, national and regional professional groups dealing with all-age careers work, employment and skills issues.





Dr Reinekke Lengelle, PhD is Assistant Professor interdisciplinary studies at Athabasca University, Canada with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is also a senior researcher with The Hague University of Applied Sciences’ research group Sustainable Talent Development within the Faculty of Business, Finance and Marketing. Reinekke began her career as a playwright, poet, and artist-in-residence for the University of Alberta Hospital’s Arts-in-Healthcare program. She is the co-founder of the well-known narrative career-learning method “Career Writing” and is currently symposium co-editor with the British Journal of Guidance and

Counselling. She has published widely on “Career Writing” and has taught career professionals the method in Canada, The Netherlands, Iceland and Finland.



Prof. Graham Attwell is an international specialist in Technology-enhanced teaching and learning and web-based learning environment development. He is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick and a Gastwissenschaftler at the Insititut Technik und Bildung, University of Bremen. His recent ground breaking work includes: ‘LMI for All’, new approaches and applications to e-Portfolios and Personal Learning Environments and use of social software for learning and knowledge



Nick Chambers Nick Chambers is the CEO of the charity, Education and Employers with its Headquarters in London. The charity runs Inspiring the Future and its Primary Futures and Inspiring Women programs and undertakes research into the effectiveness of employer engagement. The charity works to achieve equality of opportunity by working in close partnership with leading national bodies representing schools, colleges and employers as well as government and the third sector. Nick has been approached by Governments, employers and education institutions from around the world i.e. Australia to Zambia to share learning of employer engagement and how this improves young people and families’ lives. He has addressed the OECD Education Committee and in recently launched a report in Davos during the World Economic Forum on the importance of early interventions in primary schools and addressing gender stereotypes.


Career Development: Identity, Innovation and Impact



9.00am        Arrival, Refreshments, Posters and Exhibition

9.30am        Welcome: Opening Session

Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Director, dmh associates, UK

9.40am       Keynote 1: The Pursuit of Happiness and development of a dialogical self

Emeritus Professor Hubert Hermans, The Netherlands

10.05am     Keynote 2: Career Development and Coaching: moving from theory into practice

Liane Hambly and Dr Deirdre Hughes, UK

10.30am     Question and Answer session & Activity

10.45am     Refreshments and Networking

11.00am      Workshops A and Expert Sessions (see below)

12.15pm      Keynote 3: The joy of career writing: working together to support career identity

Associate Professor Reinekke Lengelle, Athabasca University, Canada and Senior Researcher, The Hague University  of Applied Sciences

1.00pm       Lunch, Networking, Posters and Exhibition

2.00pm       Keynote 4: Learning about careers: Open data and labour market intelligence/information

Associate Professor, Graham Attwell, Pontydsygu (Spain) & University of Warwick, Institute for Employment Research (IER) and Nick Chambers, CEO, Education and Employers, UK

2.25pm       Workshop B and Expert Sessions ( see below)

3.40pm       Panel Debate: Identity, Innovation and Impact

Chaired by Chris Percy,  Economist,  Careers Researcher & Writer

4.00pm       Plenary

4.15pm        Close


Highly interactive workshop and expert sessions (A and B) 


  • Digital advancements in career development

 Speakers include: Francis O Hara, Head of Northern Ireland Careers Service; Sandra Cheyne, Career management skills (CMS) Policy and Professional Practice Manager at Skills Development Scotland;  Careers Wales (TBC); and National Careers Service, England (TBC).

  • Career coaching, identity and ethics

 Speakers include: Reinekke Lengelle, Ciara Bomford & Liane Hambly, co-authors ‘Creative Career Coaching’; Jennifer McKenzie, Director of the National Centre of Guidance in Education (NCGE) Ireland; Donald Lush, Kings College London

  • Schools, Ofsted and employer engagement work 

 Speakers include: Dr Elnaz Kashefpakdel, Head of Research, Education and Employers; Karen Adriaanse, ex-HMI for Ofsted for FE and Skills 2007-2016; and Ofsted’s National Lead for Careers Guidance pre- and post-16 (2012-2016); Sarfraz Ahmed, Careers Leader and Adviser, Leicester College.

  • Vocational developments in a changing world of work

Speakers include:Catherine Sezen, Senior Policy Manager-Further Education, Association of Colleges; Hannah Kirkbride, CEO Career Matters; Richard Kirk, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Talent Partners (TBC); Ian Borkett, TUC

  • Changing identities: innovative work with vulnerable young people and adults not in education, employment and/or training (NEETs)

Speakers include:  Yolande Burgess, Strategy Director, Young People’s Education and Skills, London Councils; Debbie Braid, Senior Director, WISE Ability Ltd; Sue Cross, Head of Intensive Support, Adviza.

In addition, poster sessions and exhibitions will be on display as part of this conference, supporting students, innovators and conference delegates to network and learn from one another.

Expert Panel to be announced shortly



Ticket prices are : £135 + VAT and a discounted rate for students of £60.

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis


If you have any queries contact:

  Robert Hughes, Conference Administrator – email:

We look forward to seeing you in October 2019.


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