NICE Academy in Krakow 2018

NICE Academy at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow 2018

Fostering the Dialogue Between Science and Practice in Career Guidance and Counselling

We are proud to announce that the 2018 Academy of NICE will be hosted by the Faculty of Management and Social Communication of the Jagiellonian University of Kraków in Poland from September 5-8, 2018.

NICE Academies are structured learning and networking events for professionals and academic trainers in the field of career guidance and counselling. Through its annual Academies, the NICE Foundation aims to support excellence and innovation in the academic training of career practitioners across Europe and to promote the professionalization of career guidance and counselling.

Open Calls

Call for Posters (August 31, 2018)
Part of the academy will be dedicated to networking. For this purpose, we will organise a large poster session as a kind of “market of good practices and ideas” (45 minutes plus lunch break). At the poster session, we will welcome presentations of good practices, new project ideas, presentations of past projects, presentations of educational offers and innovative learning materials, and presentations of research findings. Posters of different sizes will be welcomed. We are especially looking for posters that share good practices in career counselling, career education, career assessment and information, career service management, and social systems interventions. At the Gala Dinner, we will present an award for the best “good practice poster”. If you would like to present a poster at the networking session, please inform until August 31, so that we can reserve sufficient space. Please indicate (1) the preliminary title of your poster (e.g., name of the project idea), (2) who is involved, and (3) what size of poster you are planning (e.g., DIN à 1).

Join the event to…

  • Learn about innovative practices of career support & practitioner training
  • Exchange good practices with career practitioners and specialists across borders
  • Discuss, how practice and training for career guidance and counselling can be improved
  • Network with practitioners and academics across disciplines and European countries
  • Engage in the development of joint projects for the future

Preliminary Agenda


Jenny Bimrose, PhD, Warwick Institute for Employment Research (UK): Why Does Career Theory Matter?

The integration of theory into career and counselling practice aligns closely with the concept of professionalism. Definitions of a professional include adherence to ethical standards and ‘possessing special knowledge and skills in a widely recognised body of learning derived from research, education and training at a high level, and who are prepared to apply this knowledge and exercise these skills in the interest of others’ (Professional Australia, undated, It follows that without research-informed theory underpinning their practice, those providing career and counselling support services cannot (and will not), be regarded as professionals. Quite apart from framing professional identity, theory offers many other advantages for practice. These include helping us understand complex phenomenon (like occupational choice behaviour) and, because of its predictive value, giving direction about the best action to be taken. There are, of course, also disadvantages with theory, which make its implementation into practice sometimes difficult. It can be complex to understand. Because of resource constraints (like time available for an intervention), it can simply be hard to integrate into practice in the way it was intended. There is also an inevitable time lag between completion of the underpinning research and the publication of theory, so it can be perceived as out of time and out of date. Then the form of career counselling intervention is a consideration. Is it a face to face encounter, through the use of technology (e.g. ICT self-help menu or database) or group work, other? Little research exists that has scrutinised the influence of delivering services using ICT and whether existent theory helps with this modern phenomenon of practice. There is the further challenge of choosing amongst the many theories available. Debates on the relative merits of different theories continue. Theoretical integration and technical eclecticism are concepts that help us make sense of how theories are selected to be applied in practice. This presentation will consider the complex interplay amongst theory, research, practice and professionalism in career counselling.

Mary McMahon, PhD, University of Queensland (Australia): Systems thinking: Learning How to Do It and How to Use It

Systems thinking is found in applications we use in our daily lives such as computer systems and transport systems. In career development, systems thinking is about taking an “individual in context perspective” (McMahon, Watson, & Patton, 2014, p. 30). Systems thinking considers complexity in, and avoids over-simplification of individuals’ lives and careers. Individuals live in complex familial, social, historical, cultural, geographic and socio-political systems. They construct and tell stories of their experiences in these systems in order to make meaning of them. Telling stories is fundamental to how individuals live and is a valuable tool in career guidance. Career practitioners may encourage clients to tell systems stories constructed by them at different times and in different contexts with a view to constructing a future story. But, how do career practitioners learn systems thinking and how to apply it in their work? Based on the Systems Theory Framework of career development, this presentation considers techniques and strategies that may assist beginning career practitioners to develop and use systems thinking skills.

Scott Solberg, PhD, Boston University (USA): From Choice and Decision-Making to Positive Youth and Adult Development: Shifting the Career Development Paradigm

Built around Parsons (1909) original vision, until recently our career development and vocational psychology profession has been dominated by a career choice and decision-making paradigm. Within this paradigm, the preferred service delivery is to ensure that individuals receive individual career counseling from qualified career specialists that help clients identify careers that best match their interests by using validated survey assessments or narrative interviews. This presentation describes an emerging paradigm whereby personalized career and education planning strategies is used to develop the individual’s self-exploration, career exploration, and career planning and management skills. There is converging evidence that skills based strategies are showing promise as a powerful strategy for improving a range of positive youth and adult development outcomes, such as proactivity, resiliency, self-determination, self-efficacy and motivation. Case and program examples will be used to showcase this paradigm shift with an emphasis on operating at the mesosystemic level in order to enable youth to gain access to work-based learning, early access to college, and other community supports. The presentation will also discuss how this new paradigm can be responsive to a number of contemporary challenges to finding decent work such as neoliberalism, globalisation, technology disruptions, intersectionality, and income inequality.

Master Class

Tristram Hooley, PhD, (The Careers & Enterprise Company, UK), Ronald G. Sultana, PhD (University of Malta), & Rie Thomsen, PhD (Aarhus University Copenhagen): Career Guidance for Social Justice

Through a mix of presentations and sharing of knowledge and experience, the workshop will help participants
– Explore the concept of ‘social justice’ from a variety of theoretical perspectives.
– Better understand the intersections between career guidance and social justice.
– Reflect on the impact of neoliberalism on mainstream notions of career guidance.
– Consider how ‘problems’ are represented in ways that are detrimental to social justice.
– Identify ways in which career guidance can promote a social justice agenda.
– Discuss opportunities for and obstacles to increasing social justice in the current European and global climate.
(Reading materials will be made available to participants via Moodle)


Łojasiewicza 4
30-001 Kraków, Poland

Registration and Fees

Please register via the academy website by clicking on the following image. You don’t need to fill out the fields concerning a paper presentation. Register here

Early-bird rate until June 15, 2018 Registration from June 16 – July 31 Late registration
Normal participants 200 Euros 250 Euros 300 Euros
NICE Founders, ESVDC Members 150 Euros 200 Euros 250 Euros
Reduced rate for people in need1 75 Euros 75 Euros Not available
Gala Dinner (optional) 70 Euros 70 Euros 70 Euros

1 Please ask the conference organizer for this special rate per email to Czesław Noworol czeslaw[dot]noworol[at]uj[dot]edu[dot]pl or Johannes Katsarov johannes_katsarov[at]hotmail[dot]de (people from low-income countries, graduate students without employment…)


Chair: Czeslaw Noworol, PhD, Jagiellonian University Kraków, Institute of Economics, Finance and Management (Poland),  Johannes Katsarov, University of Zurich, Center for Ethics (Switzerland)

Conference Secretary: Aleksandra Lis, PhD, Jagiellonian University Kraków, Institute of Economics, Finance and Management (Poland)

Co-Chair: Peter Kruythoff, Career Management Institute (Netherlands), Monika Petermandl, PhD,  Danube University Krems (Austria)

Scientific Committee

  • Augustyn Bańka, PhD, University SWPS (Poland)
  • Adam Biela, PhD, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (Poland)
  • David Blustein, PhD, Boston College (USA)
  • Nikos Drosos, PhD, University of Athens (Greece)
  • Srecko Goic, PhD, University of Split (Croatia)
  • Piotr Jedynak, PhD, Jagiellonian University (Poland)
  • Paola Magnano, PhD, Kore University Enna (Italy)
  • Jonas Masdonati, PhD, University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • Siobhan Neary, PhD, University of Derby (UK)
  • Laura Nota, PhD, University of Padova (Italy)
  • Patrizia Patrizi, PhD, University of Sassari (Italy)
  • Roberta Piazza, PhD, University of Catania (Italy)
  • Kestutis Pukelis, PhD, Vytautas Magnus University Kaunas (Lithuania)
  • Hazel Reid, PhD, Canterbury Christ Church University (UK)
  • Laurent Sovet, PhD, University Paris Descartes (France)
  • Antoni Wontorczyk, PhD, Jagiellonian University (Poland)

Supporting Organisations