Commissioned research into career management and development led to changes in Human Resource (HR) practice and policy within a public sector organisation (West Mercia Constabulary) which have had clear benefits for the organisation. Subsequently, one of the products of this research, a psychometric tool called the Career Competencies Indicator (CCI), was successfully developed for commercial purposes in conjunction with a private sector consulting company. A version of the CCI aimed specifically at 18-24 year olds was launched in April 2013 bringing immediate commercial benefits to the company involved but also potential benefits for an age group that is currently suffering particularly high levels of unemployment.
References to the research
Francis-Smythe, J.A., Haase, S. Steele, C. & Thomas, E. (2013) 'Applying career competencies in career management' Journal of Career Assessment, 21.2, pp. 227 - 248. doi:10.1177/1069072712466724. Returned to REF2014.
Steele, C. & Francis-Smythe, J.A. (2010) ‘Investigating the role of career anchor congruence’ in Mrowinski, V., Kyrios, M. & Voudoris, N. (eds.) Abstracts of the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology 11-16 July 2010 Melbourne, Australia, 156. https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/1039/2/ICAP_Conference_Paper_Career_Anchor_Symposium_CSteele_%282%29.pdf