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D211, Rhind Building

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
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Julia joined the psychology department in January 2017, and teaches on City's award winning MSc in Organisational Psychology. Information on this course can be found here :

Julia specialises in the development of individuals within their careers, and teaches career development, coaching psychology and learning and training. Her research interests are in occupational identities, the role of appearance in career, and the integration of career theory and coaching practice.


Books (2)

  1. Yates, J. (2013). The Career Coaching Handbook. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-317-96348-6.
  2. Yates, J. (2011). The Fashion Careers Guidebook. London: Baron.


  1. Yates, J. (2015). Coaching for Professional Development. In van Nieuwerburgh, C. (Ed.), Coaching in Professional Contexts London: Sage.

Journal articles (14)

  1. Yates, J. and Cahill, S. (2018). What kind of shoes does a social worker wear? A content analysis of four occupational prototypes. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. doi:10.1080/03069885.2018.1437596.
  2. Brown, C. and Yates, J. (2018). Understanding the experience of midlife women taking part in a work-life balance career coaching programme: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, 16(1), pp. 110–125. doi:10.24384/000472.
  3. Yates, J. (2017). What kind of shoes does a social worker wear? Career Matters, 5(4), pp. 26–27.

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  4. Yates, J., Hooley, T. and Bagri, K.K. (2017). Good looks and good practice: the attitudes of career practitioners to attractiveness and appearance. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling pp. 1–15. doi:10.1080/03069885.2016.1237615.
  5. Yates, J. and Hooley, T. (2017). Advising on career image: perspectives, practice and politics. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling pp. 1–12. doi:10.1080/03069885.2017.1286635.
  6. Archer, S. and Yates, J. (2017). Understanding potential career changers’ experience of career confidence following a positive psychology based coaching programme. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 10(2), pp. 157–175. doi:10.1080/17521882.2017.1292535.
  7. Yates, J., Oginni, T., Olway, H. and Petzold, T. (2017). Career conversations in coaching: the contribution that career theory can make to coaching practice. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 10(1), pp. 82–93. doi:10.1080/17521882.2017.1287209.
  8. Yates, J. (2016). A meta-theoretical framework for career practitioners. The Indian Journal of Career and Livlihood Planning, 5(1), pp. 15–25.

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  9. Yates, J. (2015). The heart has its reasons which reason knows not: The role of the unconscious in career decision making. Journal of the National Institute of Career Education and Counselling, 35, pp. 28–35.
  10. Hooley, T. and Yates, J. (2015). ‘If you look the part you’ll get the job’: should career professionals help clients to enhance their career image? British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 43(4), pp. 438–451. doi:10.1080/03069885.2014.975676.
  11. Cutts, B., Hooley, T. and Yates, J. (2015). Graduate Dress Code. Industry and Higher Education, 29(4), pp. 271–282. doi:10.5367/ihe.2015.0261.
  12. Yates, J. (2014). Synchronous online CPD: empirical support for the value of webinars in career settings. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 42(3), pp. 245–260. doi:10.1080/03069885.2014.880829.
  13. Yates, J. and Dabis, H. (2014). Navigating the stormy seas:What factors lead to a successful transition from the Quarterlife Crisis? The Coaching Psychologist.
  14. Yates, J. (2013). A positive approach to career coaching. Journal of the National institute of Career Education and Counselling, 30, pp. 36–43.

Practitioners (3)

  1. (2017). Hey good looking! Appearance and attractiveness in career practice. Graduate Market Trends
  2. (2017). Ein meta-theoretisches Bezugssystem für Berufsund Karriereberater/innen. DVB-Forum
  3. Recent Research. Phoenix

Other Activities

Editorial activity

  1. Coaching: an international journal of theory, research and practice, Co-editor, Jan 2016 – present.

Keynote lectures/speeches (11)

  1. Career conversations in coaching. Henley Business School (2017). Key note speech at Henley Business School's 2017 Aumni Event
  2. Career practice in an uncertain world. Oslo, Norway (2016). Key note speech at Norway's national career conference
  3. Career thinking in the 21st century. Chelmsford (2016). Key note speech at Essex County Council's Career Quality Award ceremony
  4. If you look the part you’ll get the job: appearance and attractiveness in career development. Manchester (2017). Agcas Research Conference
  5. The role of the unconscious in career decision making. Brunel University (2017). Brunel University Research Conference
  6. Career Coaching. Coventry (2017). CDI Student Conference
  7. Career Coaching. Edinburgh (2016). CDI Scottish Student Conference
  8. Positive Psychology in Career Practice. Cardiff (2015). CDI National Conference
  9. Possible Selves in Career Coaching. Windsor (2016). Career Counselling Service Annual Alumni Conference
  10. Career Coaching: is it just guidance in a suit? Birmingham (2017). Keynote presentation at the Career Development Institute's Annual Conference
  11. The future of career practice. Durham (2017). The Education Development Trust's Annual Conference

Online articles (3)

  1. Are women leaders set up to fail? What business tells us about the ‘glass cliff’. (2017). The Conversation
  2. Are women party leaders set up to fail? Theresa May faced the ‘glass cliff’ in the UK. (2016). National Post, Toronto
  3. Moglege identitetar: Å sjå seg sjølv i framtida. (2017). Veilderforum

Radio programmes (2)

  1. National Post. Sirius XM Radio, Toronto, Canada Interview about The Glass Cliff
  2. . Radio 5 Live Career Coaching session with retiring jockey AP McCoy

Television programme

  1. Morning News. CTV, Toronto, Canada Interview about The Glass Cliff