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'This book clearly approaches the "21st century skills-issue" ... Hands-on, reflective, thorough: a definite must-have for students, professionals and HE institutions.' - Nieke Campagne, Careers/Policy Advisor, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Whether you are about to embark on your business degree programme, are already a business student or are a business graduate, this book helps you to develop yourself and your career in ways which will benefit you, your current and future employers and society.
Focused on developing study and personal skills to enhance your employability, it provides insights and practical guidance on:
Developing a skill set and competencies that will be valued by employers, including team-working, critical thinking, networking, managing emotion and managing technological change
Self-profiling through career and life planning, and self-presentation through career communication, volunteering and internships
Becoming a global business practitioner, able to anticipate economic and cultural change, understand a diversity of worldviews and the idea of `global responsibility'
Becoming a responsible and ethical business practitioner, embodying virtues and values which are increasingly sought after by employers in line with consumer expectations.
'The first thing I really love about Paul Dowson's hugely comprehensive book is its clarity; he takes complex themes and turns them into accessible learning outcomes. The other thing to love is its humanity - it is insightful and borne of a deep concern about how students transition from higher education to working life and citizenship.' - Jane Artess, Director of Research, Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU), UK
Paul Dowson has a business background and gained his MBA from the University of Leeds in 1992. To pursue his interest in teaching he joined Leeds Metropolitan University in 2002 where he lectured in the area of Personal Development for ten years. In 2005 he developed with Engage Mutual Assurance `LifePlan', an innovative Corporate Responsibility (CR) programme aimed at defining personal and professional pathways for adults of all ages. From 2007 to 2012 Paul was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Applied Global Ethics and working with Prof Simon Robinson developed the Responsible Engagement programme which sought to build student identity around taking responsibility for self, other and global concerns; as well as introducing students to Corporate Responsibility.
Introduction Part I - The land of opportunity Where you are now An A to Z of Skills development Graduate skills Competences and ways of operating in the Twenty First Century Going Global Part II - Self awareness and development Self-development and profiling Integrity Matters: The integrated self and organization Career and life planning The nuts and bolts of career communication Volunteering and internships Part III - The Responsible Practitioner Freud & Sons: A vocabulary for understanding psychosocial development Responsible business practice Responsible leadership and governance Part IV - Humanity and Futures Supporting Resources Futures