The Graduate Career Handbook is the complete guide to graduate career planning and job hunting for students and graduates, offering vital guidance on how to discover your potential, what to do after graduation, how to maximise your employability, and kick-start your career.
Organised in simple chapters, this graduate career guide book is designed to help you address the various issues you experience as you move through university and into work, uniquely starting from your first year at uni and taking you through to your first days at work and beyond. It is packed with career advice and guidance for students and new graduates. Topics include:
How to use self-reflection to identify possible career paths
How to gain work experience and build employability skills
The importance of networking and research
Whether to consider postgraduate study
Recruitment practices and what to do if you need a Plan B
How to make a good first impression at work and career management
Whether you have your heart set on a particular career, have a few ideas about possible lines of work, or wondering what job should I do , this book is for you. If you know what you want to do, it offers vital guidance on how to achieve your ambition and land your dream job; if you don t have a clue, it will help you work out what your next step should be.
With handy tips, checklists and real-life examples throughout, this You re Hired guide will help you to supercharge your career and get the graduate job you want!
A well-rounded and accessible book that covers everything you need to know. Highly recommended!
Stuart Johnson, Director of the Careers Service, University of Bristol
A timely book from two experts who really understand graduate careers.
Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters
Tristram Hooley has a complex working life. He is variously the Director of Research at The Careers & Enterprise Company, Professor of Career Education at the University of Derby and a professor at the Inland Norway University of Applied Science. This means that he spends a lot of time on trains and planes, which gives him a lot of time to think and write about careers. He has published over 100 books, papers and articles on careers and related subjects, including You're Hired: Job Hunting Online. He is also the author of the Adventures in Career Development blog (https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.wordpress.com). Korin Grant has recently joined Loughborough University in the role of Postgraduate Careers Consultant. Previously to this she worked for 15 years at the University of Leicester in various student-facing careers-related roles. These included leading on employability awards, managing placement schemes and helping students to make effective transitions from school to university and then on to graduate work or study. She really, really like helping students and seeing them go on to enjoy their next step in life.
About the authors Acknowledgements Who is this book for? A note on the use of URLs, references and examples Introduction Chapter 1. I just don't know what to do with myself Chapter 2. Making the most of your degree Chapter 3. Are you experienced? Chapter 4. It's not what you know, it's who you know Chapter 5. Look before you leap Chapter 6. Should I stay or should I go? Chapter 7. Successful applications and interviews Chapter 8. Help me! Chapter 9. The importance of plan B Chapter 10. Starting work Chapter 11. If at first you don't succeed... Conclusion - final thoughts Endnotes