Pete took a degree in psychology at the University of Warwick, and then trained to be a career adviser at Bristol Polytechnic (now UWE). He worked as a career adviser in Hertfordshire and North London, and specialised in supporting young people with disabilities and learning difficulties. After postgraduate training in occupational psychology at the University of East London, he became a training manager in a career guidance company. He moved to Scotland and joined the University in 2001.
Pete is the programme leader for career guidance, and contributes to teaching across a wide range of career counselling and development topics at postgraduate level. He is currently module leader for the Career Development Theory, Policy & Contexts for Practice, and Education & Labour Markets modules.
Pete's research interests focus on several closely related topics:
- evaluating the outcomes of career guidance, and related employment or educational support services
- the links between careers, health and well-being
- the public health implications of careers
- unemployment and mental health
- active labour market programmes for the unemployed
- the transition to adult life for 'NEET' young people
- The 'Capability Approach' of Amartya Sen
Pete is a Chartered Psychologist, a fellow of the National Institute for Career and Educational Counselling (NICEC), a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), and a member of the Career Development Institute (CDI) and the International Association for Educational & Vocational Guidance (IAEVG).