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Seven Steps to a Successful Career

Seven Steps to a Successful Career
A Guide to Employability

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April 2016 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Are you a student thinking about the next steps in your career or study? Are you taking an employability module at university or are you just keen to learn more about how to get the job you want?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then this book is for you! Clear, focused and strategic it is written as a series of FAQs and builds upon real student experiences. Designed to help the modern student it offers pragmatic, jargon-free advice which will help you to move forward into a successful job application or career change.

Key features of the book include:

  • Advice from current students, graduates and employers
  • Exercises designed to provide a ‘quick fix’ when faced with challenges
  • Checklists enabling you to record progress as you move through sections or tasks
  • Practical steps you can take to sustain momentum as you move through your studies.

This is an ideal guide to making the most of your skills, beating the competition and getting your ideal job!

Student Success is a series of essential guides for students of all levels. From how to think critically and write great essays to boosting your employability and managing your wellbeing, the Student Success series helps you study smarter and get the best from your time at university. 

Step One: Knowing who you are in the career market
Step Two: Making your skills work for you
Step Three: Considering all of your options
Step Four: Researching the career market
Step Five: First approaches
Step Six: Making Your Move
Step Seven: Closing the deal
Conclusion: Learning to enjoy it


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An excellent, practical career development guide for students and career changers alike, packed with useful resources and exercises. The 7-step approach makes for easy, selective use. This is a perfect guide for the modern job-hunter who needs answers quickly! 

Irena Jennings
Lecturer in Careers and Employability, Kent Business School, University of Kent

A mother and daughter co-authorship providing a sympathetic, yet pragmatic, guide to all aspects of career development. The authors have structured the book to maximise efficiency for the reader, yet simultaneously include thought-provoking questions and insightful discussion of thorny issues.  An invaluable read, packed with resources and underpinned by a true passion for and expertise in employability.

Helen Standage
Employability & Careers Centre, University of Essex

It is an ideal read for undergraduate and postgraduate students who need a boost in employability, need advice to handle career challenges and need to develop and promote their professional attributes (skills, experience and qualities). It is the kind of book that ESP teachers, or any teacher in higher education, might consider referring to their students who are about to finish their studies. It is even a more essential book for those international students or career changers who wish to find a career in the UK since the book is full of websites that give very specific advice about careers and employment in the UK.

Balbina Moncada Comas
Professional and Academic English - ESP SIG

Some helpful information for students to enhance career prospects

Mrs Caroline jane Lowish
Faculty of Business & Law, University of Lincoln
February 25, 2016

This is an important element of two modules that I teach. The approach and language is excellent and I will strongly encourage my students to read this text.

Dr Richard William Whitecross
Business School, Edinburgh Napier University
May 11, 2016

I have passed this title to our Innovation, Careers and Innovation Centre (ICE) who will be using this in work shops with students.
Very useful and informative text, which will aid students at all levels of study.

Mrs Anke L Twigg-Flesner
HE Equine, Hartpury College
May 17, 2016

such a valuable research, highlighting the importance of PDP and career planning from day 1 in university. Recommended to all first year students.

Mrs Anke L Twigg-Flesner
HE Equine, Hartpury College
September 22, 2016

This is relevant for the employment unit we deliver and I will look to purchase a copy for the library

Mr charlie edward whewell
Sport & the Public Services Department, Bedford College
April 29, 2016

Sample Materials & Chapters

Step Two: Making your skills work for you