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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Graduate Career Guidebook

Advice for Students and Graduates on Careers Options, Jobs, Volunteering, Applications, Interviews and Self-employment

ISBN 9780230391758
Publication Date May 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Study Skills

At last, a practical, positive approach to finding the perfect job – ideal for any student or graduate.

In The Graduate Career Guidebook, Steve Rook explains how to find your dream role, regardless of whether you have a career in mind or no idea what you want to do after university.

His inspiring approach divides the career journey into manageable steps and helps you navigate each stage, from deciding what you want, to gaining work experience, networking effectively, conducting a job hunt, writing a knock out CV, impressing at interview and getting the job.

The text will guide you through the career planning process so you can find a successful and fulfilling future. It includes:
• Guidance-based exercises to help you reflect on your personal strengths and find opportunities that are a great match
• Useful and inspirational case studies from students, graduates and employers
• Sections on entrepreneurship and starting your own business
Like your own personal career coach, Steve will motivate you to think broadly and creatively about your opportunities and his expert advice will help you make your dream a reality.

Steve Rook has been a student-focused University Careers Adviser for twelve years and has also managed his own successful recruitment company. His extensive professional experience in the UK and Australia combined with years spent travelling the world have informed his unique approach to career planning. 

1. Career Planning and Employability
2. Choosing a Role
3. Planning your Journey
4. Experience and Internships
5. Effective Networking
6. Further Study
7. Taking Time Out
8. Searching for Graduate Jobs
9. Promoting Yourself Effectively
10. Targeting Your CV
11. Tip-top Application Forms
12. Cover Letters That Open Doors
13. Impressing at Interviews
14. Psychometric Tests
15. Passing Assessment Centres
16. This Job's For You
17. Becoming an Entrepreneur
18. Getting your Business Started
19. Troubleshooting
20. Appendices
21. Notes
22. References
23. Index.


For anyone who needs some inspiration, who is unsure what step to take or who just needs that critical friend to help them along the way, buy it and more importantly use it.' – Ann Berry, Associate Lecturer, Bradford University, UK
'I am yet to come across a graduate career guidebook as comprehensive and as relevant as this. It takes you through everything. From general career planning, to the more detailed aspects such psychometric tests, using the internet to your advantage, and negotiating job offers. All in all, this book is an ambitious graduate career guidebook that delivers.' – Michael Tefula, Graduate, University of Birmingham, UK
'This book is clear and engaging, with illustrative examples throughout, and case studies to bring the points made to life.' – Catherine Lamond, Senior Lecturer, University of Wolverhampton, UK
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