Peter Robertson

Peter Robertson

Dr Peter Robertson MSc DipCG CPsychol AFBPsS MCDI FHEA

Associate Professor

Biography

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).

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Social networking sites and employment status: an investigation based on Understanding Society data.

Conference Proceeding
Mowbray, J., Raeside, R., Hall, H. & Robertson, P. (2015)
Social networking sites and employment status: an investigation based on Understanding Society data. In IDIMC 2016: Exploring our digital shadow - from data to intelligence, 75-85. ISBN 9781905499526
An analysis is made of secondary data derived from Understanding Society: The UK household longitudinal study (2012) as related to the use of social networking sites (SNSs) am...

The impact of career guidance on well-being outcomes

Thesis
Robertson, P. J. The impact of career guidance on well-being outcomes. (Thesis)
Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/6133
The thesis explores the interrelationship between career guidance, mental health, and well-being: an area neglected by the career guidance community in the UK. This topic is e...

Updating Qualifications for the Career Guidance Profession in Scotland: Navigating the Maze

Journal Article
Allan, G., Moffett, J., & Robertson, P. J. (2013)
Updating Qualifications for the Career Guidance Profession in Scotland: Navigating the Maze. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 1(2), https://doi.org/10.14297/jpaap.v1i2.62
This paper describes work in progress to modernise the initial training arrangements for the career guidance profession in Scotland. In a process initiated by the University o...

Career guidance and public mental health

Journal Article
Robertson, P. J. (2013)
Career guidance and public mental health. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, 13(2), 151-164. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10775-013-9246-y
Career guidance may have the potential to promote public health by contributing positively to both the prevention of mental health conditions and to population level well-bein...

The well-being outcomes of career guidance

Journal Article
Robertson, P. J. (2013)
The well-being outcomes of career guidance. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 41(3), 254-266. https://doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2013.773959
The potential for career guidance to impact on well-being has received insufficient attention in the UK. There are both conceptual and empirical reasons to expect that the imp...

Health inequality and careers

Journal Article
Robertson, P. J. (2014)
Health inequality and careers. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 42(3), 338-351. https://doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2014.900660
Structural explanations of career choice and development are well established. Socioeconomic inequality represents a powerful factor shaping career trajectories and economic o...

Towards a capability approach to careers: Applying Amartya Sen's thinking

Journal Article
Robertson, P. J. (2015)
Towards a capability approach to careers: Applying Amartya Sen's thinking. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, 15(1), 75-88. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10775-014-9280-4
Amartya Sen’s capability approach characterizes an individual’s well-being in terms of what they are able to be, and what they are able to do. This framework for thinking has ...

Clients with mental health conditions: a challenge for career guidance practice.

Book
Robertson, P. (2011)
Clients with mental health conditions: a challenge for career guidance practice. In B. A. Irving, & L. Barham (Eds.), Constructing the Future: Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, 131-146. Stourbridge: Institute of Career Guidance
This article explores meeting the needs of clients with mental health conditions and seeks to establish this group as one of particular interest to career guidance practitione...

Positive psychology: A movement to reintegrate career counselling within counselling psychology

Journal Article
Robertson, P. (2015)
Positive psychology: A movement to reintegrate career counselling within counselling psychology. Counselling psychology review / the British Psychological Society, 30(3), 26-35
Content & Focus: In the UK career counselling has tended to evolve separately from the counselling psychology profession. Elsewhere, notably in North America, counselling psyc...

A capability approach to career development: An introduction and implications for practice

Journal Article
Robertson, P. J., & Egdell, V. (2018)
A capability approach to career development: An introduction and implications for practice. Australian Journal of Career Development, 27(3), 119-126. https://doi.org/10.1177/1038416217704449
In the UK, the concept of employability is influential in current conceptualizations of career development. It is an example of a discourse underpinned by faith in individual ...

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