Data Collections

ACCELL is currently collecting survey data for several research projects.  Please contribute to our work by completing one or more of the data collection sites linked below.


The project A-GRADES (Australian Graduates Employability Scale) aims to create a career development tool for students and graduates. It is intended that the tool be used to ascertain personal qualities related to career management and employment. Also, the tool may be used within learning activities that develop students’ career management knowledge and skills, and their preparations for employment. The tool will be useful to students, graduates, and university staff (e.g., career practitioners, work-integrated learning specialists).

Round 2 data collection for the purposes of validation of the A-GRADES measure is underway. If you are a current university student or a university graduate of any degree then please enter the A-GRADES survey site here.

Decent Work and Location

The notion of “decent work” refers to fair, safe, and equitable conditions of employment as defined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). This project will contribute to that international study and also explore a range of factors, such as psychological flexibility, career adaptability, decent work, meaningfulness of work, work engagement, place attachment, and job satisfaction, that influence the wellbeing and retention of workers in non-metropolitan areas of Australia. If you are a current university student or a university graduate of any degree then please enter the survey site here.

SVP 2016 Conference e-Book

The Society of Vocational Psychology has released an e-book of the keynote papers and a selection of special topics presented at the 2016 SVP Conference held at the beautiful Tallahassee campus of Florida State University.

Sampson, J. P., Bullock-Yowell, E., Dozier, V. C., Osborn, D. S., & Lenz, J. G. (Eds.). (2017). Integrating theory, research, and practice in vocational psychology: Current status and future directions. Tallahassee, FL: Florida State University Libraries.

Thanks to the authors and editors for sharing this magnificent collection of papers.  The book is licensed under Creative Commons and can be downloaded as an e-book free of charge, or printed on demand for a small fee.


ACCELL April Update

Work with Institute for Resilient Regions

ACCELL has forged a very positive relationship with Professor Jim Cavaye who leads the community development arm of the Institute for Resilient Regions at the University of Southern Queensland. Professor Cavaye was instrumental in negotiating partnerships with industry and local government for the purposes of a grant submission to the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.  If successful, this grant will enable a collaborative partnership to identify the key motivational factors that attract and retain workers in rural regions and, moreover, to develop strategic solutions toward those ends of attraction and retention.


ACCELL has continued to grow and refine it research mission on the basis of its successes and failures.  There have been plenty of successes, including an impressive number of publications in highly respected journals and graduation of doctoral candidates.  Recently, the first Research Fellow (ACCELL) was appointed: Dr Allison Creed.  This part-time Research Fellow position is funded by a grant from Graduate Careers Australia to develop the Australian Graduate Employability Scale (A-GRADES). Keep your ears and eyes out for notification of a webinar to be hosted by Jason Brown (one of our EdD students; manager of Careers Service at La Trobe Uni) in partnership with NAGCAS.

Decent Work Scale

ACCELL’s international connections continue to grow.  Professor David Blustein (Boston College) is our mentor-at-large and adjunct professor.  It is important to note that his Psychology of Working Framework (2006) remains the ethical bedrock of ACCELL.  ACCELL is conducting the Australian arm of an international study into the Decent Work Scale. This project is led by Professor Ryan Duffy (University of Florida) and Professor Blustein.  Prof. Duffy will visit ACCELL in Australia in May.

University of Nevada Las Vegas

In late April, ACCELL’s research director, Dr Peter McIlveen, will be visiting the University of Nevada Las Vegas to work with the team’s research methodologist, Dr Harsha Perera.  In addition to finalizing the analyses of data for a list of research papers, the two will be presenting research findings at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.