Adviser on the Edge

careers in island communities: research, theory and practice

About Rosie Alexander

Rosie Alexander is a researcher, lecturer and careers adviser based in Orkney.

Rosie’s main interests are:

Careers Service design and delivery in rural  areas: starting out as a careers adviser on a telephone helpline in South West England, and subesequently moving to the University of the Highlands and Islands where she has been responsible for the development of a new university careers service, Rosie is interested in the way new technologies can be utilised to effectively overcome the constraints of geographical space.

Careers and Employability issues in rural and remote communities: with her experience of growing up in Cornwall and living in Orkney Rosie has an intimate understanding of rural and remote communities. Understanding the communities and labour markets of remote and rural areas and the careers and employability needs of people within these communities has driven her throughout her career, and she is currently undertaking a PhD in the topic.

Narrative approaches to self-development: alongside her careers work, Rosie has also developed significant experience as a counsellor and as a poet. As a counsellor and careers adviser she has utilised narrative and biographical approaches to supporting  people. As a poet and writing workshop facilitator she has supported new and emerging writers to use writing in their self development. Biographical and narrative methodologies are also now informing the development of her PhD.

If you are interested in similar issues, or if you would like further information please feel free to contact Rosie. Further information about Rosie’s experience are available on her Linkedin page.


2 thoughts on “About Rosie Alexander

  1. Dear Rosie, I have just encountered your piece on rural social mobility. If mobility is still relevant, you might look at Chapman, T. and Payne, G. (1986) ‘A comparative study of employment and social mobility in rural and urban areas.’ in T. Bradley and P. Lowe, (eds.) Deprivation and Welfare in Rural Areas, London: Geo Books. We found surprisingly little differences in mobility rates for men between urban and rural areas on the Scottish mainland. Of course this was a long time back (data from the early 1970s), and for budget reasons we did not sample the Islands or women – i can only plead that was the way we did things in those days!
    Having helped with UHI in the early days, I hope it continues to flourish, and I look forward to re-visiting glorious Orkney at some point in the next few years

    • Hi Geoff, thank you ever so much for this comment and apologies for the delay in replying (the blog has been somewhat sporadic while my daughter has been so small). But this is really interesting, I’ll certainly look up your paper. I have wondered sometimes about the specific peculiarities of Scottish geography and demography – with such a strong cluster of population in the relatively small central belt area – and what that might mean for patterns of mobility… I’m not sure which kinds of areas you were looking at? It’s a fascinating topic… I wonder too about the early 1970s and whether the trend for migration back to the countryside was also apparent at that time? Now there is quite a marked trend I think for incomers / returners to move in to rural areas (often in their later adult years). Great to hear too about your involvement with UHI, and if you make it to Orkney let me know, we might get a chance to catch a cup of coffee or something…

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