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OK. So now you've got a degree. Congratulations...but What Next? As you take your first steps into the real/unreal world outside university, it would be best to keep this book close at hand - for never before have the choices open to graduates been greater or more confusing. Taking a realistic view of your options after university, this book provides facts, information and advice for anyone preparing for life after university. Whether you are thinking of starting work, taking a gap year or staying on for a further degree, 'What Next After University?' will help you weigh up your options and decide on the right path for you. Written in a clear and accessible style it shows how to evaluate your skills and expectations, research the opportunities and set goals for the future. Fully up-to-date it assesses the current job market and discusses the pros and cons of post-graduate education and travel and suggests ways to survive if the traditional '9 to 5' doesn't appeal. It's your future...make it happen the way you want it to!show more

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  • Book | 224 pages
  • Kogan Page Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Illustrationschiefly col.), ports.
  • 0749439742
  • 9780749439743

Table of contents

Part 1: A time of opportunity 1.Overview 2. Basic options Work; Travel; Education 3. Conventional employment vs. short-term jobs The new psychological contract 4. Planning the next step What the plan should cover 5. Finding a home 6. Organizing personal finances Cash-flow forecasting; Priority pay; Lucrative ways; A mention of pension Part 2: Going to work 7. Culture shock -- leaving education and entering the workplace 8. Finding the right employer 9. Being the perfect recruit 10. The application process The application form; The interview; The CV; The letter of enquiry 11. Graduate recruitment tests Ability tests; Personality tests 12. Career paths and professional qualifications 13. Employment opportunities in selected areas Industry; Consultancy; Financial services and accountancy; The law; The media; Healthcare; Teaching; The public sector; Retail; Information technology; Police and armed services; Science and technology; Agriculture; Leisure and tourism 14. Self-employment Selling yourself; Finances; Support structures; Useful contacts Part 3: Or not to work 15. Postgraduate education Standard delivered; Studying abroad; Useful sites and further information 16. Short-term work Up front; Get it in writing; On completion; Underemployment 17. Travel the world How to plan your trip; Back again...; Useful sites 18. Working abroad Teaching English; It goes with the job...; No pay, all gain; Before you leave; Useful sites 19. Managing finances Time to pay; Other sources of financial help 20. Self-discipline and planning ahead What you are worth; Decision time Part 4: Practical advice for the undecided 21. Researching the options Careers fairs; Careers centres; Read all about everything; (Un)official mentor; Watch and talk; Are you experienced?; Get out and about 22. How to make the best decisions Playing the scenario out; Time and research; Prepare to decide; Move on; Fortune favours; Follow through 23. Setting goals and priorities Immediate; Intermediate; Long term 24. Where to get further advice Careers Services; Sector Skills Councils; Newspapers 25. Developing a flexible approach Indexshow more

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Simon Kent is a professional writer. His wide-ranging writing covers everything from plays and comedy to broadsheet journalism and a number of highly successful books including Odd Jobs and Getting a Top Job in the Arts and Media (both published by Kogan Page).show more