The Graduate Career Guidebook

The Graduate Career Guidebook : Advice for Students and Graduates on Careers Options, Jobs, Volunteering, Applications, Interviews and Self-employment

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Written by experienced careers advisor Steve Rook, this indispensable guide will help readers to develop the skills they need to land their dream job. It breaks the career planning process down into manageable steps, from researching roles and gaining work experience to crafting a first-rate CV and impressing at interview. It also includes practical guidance on networking, entrepreneurship and responding to job offers. Packed with reflective activities, top tips for successful applications and real life case studies, it contains everything students need to develop their skills, get their foot in the door and set themselves up for a fulfilling future.

This text will be core reading for students on a wide range of career-related and employability modules. It will also be an invaluable resource for students researching their career options independently.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 171 x 246 x 13.46mm | 454g
  • Red Globe Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2013 ed.
  • 256 p.
  • 0230391753
  • 9780230391758
  • 82,821

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At last, a practical, positive approach to finding the perfect job - ideal for any student or graduate.In The Graduate Career Guidebook, Steve Rook explains how to find your dream role, regardless of whether you have a career in mind or no idea what you want to do after university. His inspiring approach divides the career journey into manageable steps and helps you navigate each stage, from deciding what you want, to gaining work experience, networking effectively, conducting a job hunt, writing a knock out CV, impressing at interview and getting the job. The text will guide you through the career planning process so you can find a successful and fulfilling future. It includes: - Guidance-based exercises to help you reflect on your personal strengths and find opportunities that are a great match - Useful and inspirational case studies from students, graduates and employers - Sections on entrepreneurship and starting your own business Like your own personal career coach, Steve will motivate you to think broadly and creatively about your opportunities and his expert advice will help you make your dream a reality.
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Table of contents

Preface.- Introduction.- PART I: FINDING YOUR WAY.- 1. Career Planning and Employability.- 2. Choosing a Role.- 3. Planning your Journey.- PART II: THE STEPPING STONES.- 4. Experience and Internships.- 5. Effective Networking.- 6. Further Study.- 7. Taking Time Out.- PART III: GETTING A JOB.- 8. Searching for Graduate Jobs.- 9. Promoting Yourself Effectively.- 10. Targeting Your CV.- 11. Tip-top Application Forms.- 12. Cover Letters That Open Doors.- 13. Impressing at Interviews.- 14. Psychometric Tests.- 15. Passing Assessment Centres.- 16. This Job's For You.- PART IV: ENTREPRENEURSHIP.- 17. Becoming an Entrepreneur.- 18. Getting your Business Started.- 19. Troubleshooting .- 20. Appendices.- 21. Notes.- 22. References.- 23. Index.
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'For anyone who needs some inspiration, who is unsure what step to take or who just needs that critical friend to help them along the way, buy it and more importantly use it.' - Ann Berry, Associate Lecturer, Bradford University, UK 'I am yet to come across a graduate career guidebook as comprehensive and as relevant as this. It takes you through everything. From general career planning, to the more detailed aspects such psychometric tests, using the internet to your advantage, and negotiating job offers. All in all, this book is an ambitious graduate career guidebook that delivers.' - Michael Tefula, Graduate, University of Birmingham, UK 'This book is clear and engaging, with illustrative examples throughout, and case studies to bring the points made to life.' - Catherine Lamond, Senior Lecturer, University of Wolverhampton, UK
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About Steven Rook

Steve Rook has been a student-focused University Careers Adviser for twelve years and has also managed his own successful recruitment company. His extensive professional experience in the UK and Australia combined with years spent travelling the world have informed his unique approach to career planning.
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