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Making the Most of Your Career Development

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September 2016 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

*Shortlisted in the Management and Leadership Textbook Category at CMI Management Book of the Year Awards 2017*

Keen to succeed in today’s competitive job market?  Want to learn how to make the most of longer-term graduate career development opportunities?


This handy guide is the gateway to help you understand the academic and practical aspects of employability and to make the most of your longer-term graduate employability development.


Inside you’ll find:

  • A critical examination of theory to help with your employability studies
  • Practical insights through real-world case studies on everything from job applications, to using work experience and networking effectively
  • Specially commissioned employer, university, adviser and graduate insights from organisations large and small, as diverse as investment banking and international development aid giving you the inside track on what employers are looking for and how to develop your career.

This essential guide equips you with the knowledge and practical guidance you need to achieve your full potential during your studies, into your first role, and in your career beyond.

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Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Changing Patterns of Career
Chapter 3 - Preparing for Work
Chapter 4 - Finding Work
Chapter 5 - Workplace Learning and Development
Chapter 6 - Progress and Navigation
Chapter 7 - Managing Yourself
Chapter 8 - Conclusion and Finding your Own Story


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A very useful textbook, well structured and laid out; making it easy to navigate through.

Appropriate for tutors and students alike.

Mr Stuart Priestley
Sport, Myerscough College
October 14, 2016

A great book to blend employment into higher education. Lots of strategies to meet government requirements.

Mrs Chrissie Louise Draper
Education , Derby College
September 30, 2016

This book is a very comprehensive thought provoking text for those who are about to enter the workplace. It encourages new workplace entrants to be aware of the implications of the choices they make early in their careers which might impact on their career development in a subtle and effective way

Mrs Eileen Mc Partland
Childcare Management, Liberties College
September 22, 2016

Great for undergraduates and embedding employability into lessons.

Miss Kelly Stewart
Higher education, Accrington & Rossendale College
September 20, 2016

Organised sections which combines theory into practice well. Nice motivational and encouraging areas that students will be able to relate to and identify with.

Ms Doreen Malcolm
Education, Early Years & Teaching, Bradford College
September 6, 2016

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Chapter 3 - Preparing for Work

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