Previous Webinars

Don’t dis-my-ability®


We consider careers support for a wide range of learners with diverse needs and argue this requires greater attention from policymakers, researchers and practitioners. This webinar will focus on the inclusion of young people and adults with additional needs and participation in careers-related learning activities. For example, in England the number of pupils with special educational needs (SEN) had increased for a third consecutive year to 1,318,300, representing 14.9% of the total pupil population. Historically, pupils and students with special educational needs and/or disabilities have had difficulty accessing the general education curriculum. This means they have been unable to achieve the same benefits as their peers. New and emerging technologies can provide more equitable support for those most in need.

This webinar will:

  • Focus on careers s work with neurodivergent individuals and families.
  • Share key challenges and opportunities in working with special educational needs young people with a focus what this actually means.
  • Reflect on the implications for policy, research and practice.


Shawn Smith, CEO, Don’t dis-my-ability®, New Brunswick

The difference between thinking and knowing is experience. In this webinar, Shawn Smith will share his experiences as a neurodivergent (autistic, ADHD) career practitioner. Shawn is the founder of Don’t dis-my-ability®, his company provides psychotherapy and counselling for neurodivergent individuals and their families as well as consulting services. Shawn draws from his experiences of having twenty two different jobs to help his client navigate their own educational and career paths.

Jenny Connick, CEO Talentino

Jenny Connick founded Talentino ten years ago. Talentino is an early career development company that specialises in working with special schools and young people with SEND. Jenny was previously an HR Director with experience in corporates, financial and public sectors. This knowledge of what is important to employers is the foundation of Talentino’s mission to improve career outcomes for the most disadvantaged. Jenny is the strategic partner for SEND for the Careers and Enterprise Company. She lives in Hampshire, England and has four sons.

Ifza Shakoor, PhD student, University of Derby

Ifza has recently completed a dissertation which investigates the opportunities for inclusion of children with SEND in careers-related learning in mainstream primary schools. The study identifies the complexities of key terminology, perceptions of what they could mean and how this can implicate on practice through an extensive literature review and dissemination of primary research. Findings will be shared with colleagues in addition to recommendations for further research in the field.

Careers Curriculum and the Virtual World


  • Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Director, DMH Associates
  • David Roberts NPQH, Assistant Head, Baysgarth School, Barton-Upon-Humber, England
  • Megan Hunter, Deputy Director- Partnerships, Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership, London.

Education and employability landscapes are changing fast. For those supporting young people, finding the right balance between classroom careers and employability activities and virtual experiences has become increasingly essential. This year’s new students will need more support after so many difficulties from the pandemic, particularly at a time when students are likely to need greater experience of and exposure to the world of work. The huge disruption to schooling has affected all children, particularly those from poorer families, with long-term effects on their educational progression and labour market performance. Younger generations face a tougher labour market than that seen prior to the pandemic.

This webinar will:

  • Consider new trends in supporting young people through careers curriculum developments and the virtual world
  • Focus on a curriculum-based approach where the school’s curriculum is aligned to a local Employability Skills Framework and discuss key lessons learned
  • Review the introduction and implementation of a virtual work experience programme designed to mimic the “standard” week long placement in a business
  • Reflect on the implications for policy, research and practice.


Megan Hunter, Deputy Director, Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership

Megan has worked for Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership for over 12 years, joining as a Project Manager to look after the mentoring schemes. Megan moved on to a Senior Manager position before becoming Deputy Director in 2017. Megan manages the Corporate partnerships, operations and fundraising sides of the charity. Megan’s earlier employers included Expedia and Wolters Kluwer. Megan has a degree in Spanish and Geography from the University of Leeds.


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. She is co-editor of the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling International Symposium Series. She is also a Cedefop appointed national expert in lifelong guidance and careers education (May 2017).

David Roberts, Assistant Headteacher, Baysgarth School

David has been an Assistant Headteacher at Baysgarth School in North Lincolnshire for the past 7 years. He is responsible for curriculum, careers and our family and community engagement. He has been teaching for 17 years and graduated from Hull University with a degree in Business and Marketing.

Young People Transitioning to Employment

Youth unemployment is invariably higher than that for other groups. Young people frequently suffer labour market disadvantage, and there is emerging evidence that structural youth unemployment is exacerbated because of employment disruption caused by COVID. Pre-existing trends driving changes in the world of work can be fast tracked as a consequence of the pandemic resulting in increased labour market segmentation.

Support structures need to be reviewed with improved co-operation between employment, education, career services, private and third sector organisations to assist young people in successfully managing school to work transitions.

This webinar will:

  • examine youth unemployment issues and present recent examples of successful co-operations to enhance the employability of young people transitioning to employment.
  • share lessons learned from a ‘youth in transitions’ major research programme in Scotland.
  • explore the changing public employment service (PES) landscape and working links with national careers services.
  • consider ‘the art of the possible’ in supporting young people transitioning to employment.


Eamonn Davern - Independent Employment Services Expert

Eamonn Davern is an Independent Employment Services Expert. He holds a master’s degree in Public and Social Administration and specialises in the comparative study of International Employment systems. He has significant experience of working on EU and other international projects e.g., Technical Assistance Programmes to reform Public Employment Services (PES) across Europe and further afield. He developed the first UK PES customer channel strategy, and led research reviewing UK PES performance targets. He also had overall lead responsibility for the UK EURES organisation and represented the UK PES as Assistant to the Head of Public Employment Services (HoPES) on the EU HoPES Network. From 2014-2017 he was seconded to the Employment Strategy Unit in DG Employment, Brussels. He wrote the PES Network Vision for 2020 and beyond. Since 2017, he has been freelancing and some selected examples of work include: the reform of PES in Cyprus and the Czech Republic, expert advisory support on a Transnational Employment Platform, improvements to the Youth Guarantee, ‘Job Carving’, partnerships for delivery of employment services, and PES policies to combat gender inequality in the labour market.

Dr Graeme Smith, Evaluation and Research Executive, Skills Development Scotland

Dr Graeme Smith is an Evaluation and Research Executive at Skills Development Scotland. Graeme’s main area of work involves conducting research and evaluations on the Careers Information, Advice, and Guidance (CIAG) services in Scotland. Graeme is an experienced mixed methods researcher and has particular expertise in quantitative research methodologies and data analysis techniques. With a background in psychological research, Graeme is particularly interested in understanding the factors that influence young people’s career decisions and how these can impact on career outcomes.

Intelligent Careers in a Changing World

‘Career’ is a complex and contentious term, particularly in a Covid-19 context. Job roles and labour markets are changing rapidly. Job security has been abruptly and cruelly diminished for many, without warning. Staying healthy, paying the bills and finding meaningful work are priorities for many individuals and families. This webinar will focus on supporting adults with their career transitions. We will consider the concept of career agility, new skills and mindsets focused on opportunities and career resilience.

This webinar will:

  • Provide an overview of intelligent career theory and its relevance in a changing world
  • Describe how research into intelligent careers has evolved
  • Illustrate contrasting individual, group and talent management applications
  • Promote conversation about future opportunities – in research and practice.
Michael B Arthur

Michael B Arthur is an Emeritus Professor at Suffolk University, Boston, a Visiting Professor at Cranfield University, co-developer of the Intelligent Career Card Sort® (ICCS®) career exploration instrument, and a regular contributor on Career Ownership to Forbes.com. His collaborative books include The Boundaryless Career (1996), The New Careers (1999), Knowledge at Work (2006) and most recently An Intelligent Career: Taking Ownership of Your Work and Your Life (2017/18) aimed directly at career owners. He recently co-edited a special issue of Human Relations on Careers in Cities.

Decent Work, Inclusion and Sustainability 


Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Professor Chris Warhurst, Director, IER, University of Warwick and Professor Marie Eduarda-Duarte, Faculty of Psychology, University of Lisbon, Portugal and Anuradha J. Bakshi (PhD, University of Tennessee, USA, 1993)

Since the global pandemic, people’s lives and the world of work have changed significantly. Societies everywhere are undergoing a deep transformation. The Covid-19 pandemic, Industry 4.0 disruption, rapid technological advancement, the challenges of climate change, and an ageing workforce have become new realities that are impacting on the social and economic development of countries around the world. In this context, policymakers, practitioners, researchers and trainers have to each come up with innovative responses to lessen the impact of these changes on individuals and families, particularly those in employment and those displaced from the world of work. A shift is taking place towards finding new strategies that support individuals to construct and reconstruct themselves, tackle inequalities and address the under-utilisation of talent and skills.

This webinar will:

  • Focus on key themes emerging from recent literature on decent work, inclusion and sustainability and consider the implications for career guidance policy and practice.
  • Consider international perspectives drawing on key findings from a new Special Issue published by the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling.
  • Reflect on the latest UK policy developments and will critique the strengths and weakensses within the careers support system in England.


Chris Warhurst, Director of IER

As Director of IER, Chris Warhurst is motivated by wanting to see better scientific and policymaker understanding of work and employment. He is an Associate Research Fellow of SKOPE at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a Trustee of the Tavistock Institute in London. He was previously Professor of Work and Organisational Studies at the Sydney University Business School and Founding Director of the Scottish Centre for Employment Research at Strathclyde University Business School. Chris is a Guest Co-Editor of the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling and has worked closely with Deirdre & Maria on a new Special Issue on the above-mentioned webinar topic.

Maria Eduarda Duarte is Full Professor at the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Psychology (Portugal)

Maria Eduarda Duarte is Full Professor at the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Psychology (Portugal) where she directs the Master Course in Psychology of Human Resources, Work, and Organizations. Her professional interests include career psychology theory and research, with special emphasis on issues relevant to adults and the world of work. Her publications and presentations have encompassed topics on adult’s career problems, testing and assessment, and counselling process. She is President of UNESCO CHAIR – Lifelong guidance and counselling, University of Wroclaw (Poland). Maria is a Guest Co-Editor of the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling and has worked closely with Deirdre & Chris on a new Special Issue on the above-mentioned webinar topic.

Anuradha J. Bakshi (PhD, University of Tennessee, USA, 1993)

Anuradha J. Bakshi (PhD, University of Tennessee, USA, 1993) is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Human Development, Nirmala Niketan College of Home Science, affiliated to the University of Mumbai. She is the Career Guidance and Cross-disciplinary Co-Editor of the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, a Taylor and Francis, Routledge journal. She is one of the editors and authors of the Handbook of Career Development: International Perspectives (2014, Springer). Career development, applications of contemporary theories of human development, positive psychology, are some of her research interests. Her teaching and research experiences span multiple universities and countries. She enjoys engaging in conversations both within and outside the classroom, and has a deep appreciation of individual and cultural diversity.


Chair: Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE

Presenters: Dame Ruth Silver DBE (President, Further Education Trust for Leadership), Kris Magnusson, Ph.D, Pat Carvalho (Principal Harrow College & Deputy CEO), Matt Atkinson (Managing Director, FEA Associates) and Dr Sue Pember CBE (Director of Policy and External Relationships, HOLEX).

Education and employment systems around the globe are designed to support individuals to make the most of their talents and skills. To widen participation into educational life and onwards into economic life this requires highly motivated professionals within changing education and employment support systems. Doing is not enough and thinking is not enough: each is impoverished without the presence of the other. To face and shape change and to play an active part in building future education and employment support systems, particularly in the aftermath of Covid-19, it is timely to reflect on what future leadership of thinking could offer to and for change, better chances and choices for all.

This webinar will:

  • Focus on the leadership of thinking and what this means in a rapidly changing education and employment landscape
  • Discuss systems theory, roles, authority, loss, attachment and adaptiveness to stimulate ideas for action
  • Consider ways of harnessing perspective and emotion in everyday practice drawing on national and international research findings.



Dame Ruth is the founding President of the Further Education Trust for Leadership, an independent think tank focusing on the leadership of thinking in and about the FE and Skills system. She was, for 17 years, the Principal of Lewisham College, a large vocational further education London college serving a diverse and multicultural population, offering inspiring and challenging courses, with widening access into education and onwards to economic life at the core of the curriculum.

Kris Magnusson, Ph.D.

Dr. Magnusson recently completed two terms as Dean of the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, BC, and in August returned to faculty life as a Professor. During his time as Dean, he also served two terms as the Chair of the Association of BC Deans of Education, was co-chair of the BC Advisory Group on Provincial Assessment, led the development of the ACDE Accord on Internationalization in Education, and was co-chair of the SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council. Kris’ academic work is in the area of counselling psychology and career development. He was the recipient of the Province of Alberta Career Development Award of Excellence and the 2006 recipient of the Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Development. Kris was a cofounder of the Canadian Research Working Group for Evidence-based Practice, and his book, Career Helping: Harnessing Perspective and Emotion in Everyday Practice was recently published by Septembre Editeur.

Pat Carvalho (Principal Harow College & Deputy CEO)

Pat Carvalho is currently Deputy CEO for HCUC and Principal of Harrow College since August 2017. Prior to this she had been at Harrow College since 2009 first as Vice Principal and then becoming Principal in 2015. Her first career was as a medical secretary before going to university as a mature student where she majored in Philosophy and then Artificial Intelligence. After 30 years in the FE sector she remains committed to life-long learning and prosperity for all.

Dr. Susan Pember CBE

Sue started her career as a teacher and is one of the few people in the FE sector who has had senior leadership roles in colleges, local authorities and government. Sue is now the Policy Director for HOLEX, the professional body for adult community education services, centres and institutions. Her work concentrates on ensuring the voice of adult learners is heard and she is a keen advocate of lifelong learning

Matt Atkinson, Managing Director of FE Associates

Matt Atkinson is Managing Director of FE Associates a specialist provider of recruitment, consultancy and development services to the further education and skills sector. Between 2007 and 2016 Matt was Principal and Chief Executive of Bath College and prior to this he spent his senior leadership career in the college sector focusing on organisational turnaround and recovery. He has held a number of non-executive roles in education and skills focused organisations and has contributed to the work of a number of organisations including the Skills Commission and the Further Education Trust for Leadership. He is currently a member of the Corporation of Strode College in Somerset. Since 2018 Matt has led the delivery of the Education and Training Foundation’s Leading from the Middle development programme, training 600 leaders from all corners of the further education and skills sector.


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. She is co-editor of the British Journal for Guidance and Counselling International Symposium Series. She is also a Cedefop appointed national expert in lifelong guidance and careers education (May 2017).

Career guidance for all?

Presenters: Dr Yelda Devlet Karapinar, David Savard & Prof. Fusun Akkok

Career guidance is designed to support individuals as they learn about themselves and their place in the world. This complex process is made that much more difficult when supporting members of marginalised communities: e.g. migrants, ethnic minorities, low-skilled workers, those not in education, employment or training (NEET), or people engaged in new forms of work (platform work, gig workers and the self-employed) (ETF, 2020). Moreover, career guidance supports the creation of a better society with dignity, livelihood and respect underpinning both social integration and cohesion.

This webinar will:

  • Focus on a range of career guidance interventions that support migrants to identify good and interesting policies and practices. It will draw on examples from Turkey and specialist work with Syrian refugees and migrants.
  • Discuss multi-cultural counselling and guidance support that can be embedded in local communities.
  • Consider key factors associated with labour market integration and careers/employability capacity building and the implications for policy and practice.
Dr Yelda Devlet Karapinar

Dr Yelda Devlet Karapinar, has over fifteen years' experience in diverse thematic areas of migration in the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Turkey. Her research and development work includes: labour migration, human development, youth employment, counter trafficking, delivery of social services for vulnerable groups and migration issues. She is currently acting as Head of Labour Mobility and Human Development Unit and Government Liaison Officer for IOM Turkey.

David Savard

David Savard is a former High School history teacher who has worked for the IOM since 1999 in the Balkans, Iraq, Pakistan, Jordan, Washington, DC and Cuba, prior to assuming the post of Emergency Coordinator in Ankara. Born and raised in Chicago, he is passionate about the importance of employment as more than a 'paycheck' e.g. dignity, respect and making a place in local communities are vital.

Prof. Fusun Akkok

Prof. Fusun Akkok has more than 40 years of academic and practical experience in guidance and counselling. She has carried teaching and research work in the field of guidance, career guidance, parent counselling, teacher training and parental involvement in education and career guidance. She is a prolific writer, researcher and policy adviser in Turkey. She is an international expert on lifelong guidance issues and works for international organisations such as: the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the European Training Foundation and World Bank.

The case for data-driven and inclusive careers support?

Presenters: Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE (Director, dmh associates), Dr Anthony Mann (Senior Policy Analyst, OECD) and Chris Percy (Senior Associate, dmh associates)

This webinar session:

  • Presents new work by the OECD which uses international datasets to identify career- related teenage indicators of adult employment success
  • Explores the implications of new evidence for policy, research and practice
  • Describes how work undertaken during 2021 will conclude with the development of tools for practice
  • Invites practitioners to engage with the work and help in the development of practical tools.

Optimizing Career Engagement Across All Life’s Roles

Presenters: Dr. Deirdre Pickerell, CPHR, GCDF-I, Dean of Student Success at Yorkville University/Toronto Film School and Vice-President, Life Strategies Ltd & Dr. Roberta Borgen (Neault), CCC, CCDP, GCDF-I, President, Life Strategies Ltd., Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia (UBC), and Project Director for the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF)

Optimal engagement results from aligning challenge and capacity, both individual and contextual. In good times, and in bad, increased challenge combined with diminished capacity creates an environment for disengagement to fester, at work, at home, and in life. Join Drs. Neault & Pickerell, as they position career engagement as life engagement and share tips and strategies for optimizing engagement across all life’s roles.

Learning objectives

  • Consider all life roles and how they impact each other
  • Uncover appropriate levels of challenge and identify and access the supports and resources needed
  • Leave with concrete tips for staying optimistic, regardless of the unique circumstances that are impacting you today.

The Career Development Landscape: Evidence and Impact Assessment

Presenters: Chris Percy (Senior Associate) and Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE (Director, dmh associates)

This webinar session:

  • examines key concepts, challenges and opportunities in relation to evidence and impact assessment in careers work;
  • introduces a brief ‘how to approach’ for impact assessment with some examples from youth and adult evaluations;
  • explores contemporary developments within the UK, European and international career development landscape; and
  • provides an opportunity to identify new and emerging approaches to evidence and impact assessment within a Covid-19 context.

LiveCareerChat@Lockdown No 4 – Youth Transitions: Creating Pathways to Success

  • Rachael Fitzpatrick,  Research Officer, Educational Development Trust (EDT) England
  • Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Research Director, dmh associates, England &
  • Graeme Smith, Research and Evaluation Executive at Skills Development Scotland

This webinar presents new international research findings on youth transitions. Societies everywhere are undergoing a deep transformation. More than one in six young people have stopped working since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic (ILO, May 2020) while those who remain employed have seen their working hours cut by 23 per cent.

LiveCareerChat@Lockdown – No 3 – Digital Innovations

Chair: Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Director, DMH Associates
Presenters: Rhys Herriott, NESTA CareerTech Challenge and Gareth Phillips, Head of Communications, Careers Wales

This webinar explores digitial innovations in a career development context.

Nesta research suggests that more than six million people in the UK are currently employed in occupations that are likely to radically change or entirely disappear by 2030 due to automation, population aging, urbanisation and the rise of the green economy. 

Nesta is delivering the CareerTech Challenge, in partnership with the Department for Education, as part of their National Retraining Scheme. Solutions being funded through the CareerTech Challenge are designed to support people who will be hit the hardest by an insecure job market over the coming years.

Careers Wales is on a digital transformation journey from its award winning use of video, exciting new gaming developments and pioneering website and resources. In recent times the company has adapted its service delivery model in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. 

Digital Innovations Webinar Recording

DMH Associates video entry for the CareerTech Challenge Prize

LiveCareerChat@Lockdown – No 2 – Career Development in a post COVID-19 landscape

In this webinar Professor Graham Attwell and Dr Deirdre Hughes reflect on the ‘new normal’ and explore ideas for career development policies and practices in a post-CovID-19 landscape.

Deirdre will set out an innovative approach to capturing career stories online from both a practitioner and client perspective. She will also share key findings on ‘Creative Methods in Guidance and Counselling’ drawn from the British Journal for Guidance and Counselling, International Symposium:Special Issue Series.

Chris Percy and Liane Hambly (Senior Associates) will join us as part of the Q& A session.

LiveCareersChat@Lockdown – No 2 – Part 1

LiveCareersChat@Lockdown – No 2 – Part 2

LiveCareerChat@Lockdown – No 1 – The new normal

Presenters include Dr Deirdre Hughes, Liane Hambly and Chris Percy

During these turbulent times, we all have an opportunity for reflection, sharing ideas and offering practical advice on how best to manage career identity and changing work practices. This webinar is designed to bring people together and to listen and/or share experiences of careers support mechanisms at a time of crisis. 

We’ll talk about careers support mechanisms – what’s in place? what’s working? what more needs to be done now and in the future?

Scotland’s New Careers Strategy: Moving Forward

Facilitated by Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE Presenters: Scott Gray and Greig Chisholm, Scottish Government   

This is a 1 hour interactive international webinar session designed to showcase the Scottish Government’s new Careers Strategy published in February 2020.   

Target audience: Practitioners, Managers and other Stakeholders Interested in the Continuous Improvement of Career Guidance Services for Young People and Adults.  

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