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A Parent's Guide to Graduate Jobs: How You Can Help Your Child Get a Job After Uni [Paperback]

Paul Redmond
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Designed to help parents have a positive impact on their child's future job prospects. --Bookseller Buyer's Guide

From the Back Cover

With nearly one million young people unemployed, your child is graduating into a fiercely competitive job market. Employers no longer have to fight over talented candidates; instead they sift through hundreds of impressive graduate CVs for each vacancy.

Inside discover how to help your child:
- Choose the right course and university
- Land key internships
- Find jobs to apply for
- Excel at interviews and assessment centres

A Parent's Guide to Graduate Jobs tells you what you need to know to beat the competition and get your child a job.

About the Author

Paul Redmond is Head of Careers & Employability at Liverpool University, and is acknowledged as 'a leading expert on the graduate recruitment market'. He has extensive media experience with the Guardian and BBC, and lectures worldwide on the graduate labour market.

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Part 1

A paren't guide to the 21st century graduate job market

Part 1 provides you with a brief introduction to the world of work - not just any work: graduate work. It reveals how the psychological contract between employers and employees has been rewritten, and shows you why your child's career will be very different from your own.

You'll discover the four types of graduate jobs; how these relate to one another, and the forces which are reshaping post-crunch economies.

We'll also touch on the world of 'employability' - the buzz word that is the key to graduate success.

1. The New World of Work

Over the past few years, the world of work has changed beyond recognition. Gone are the old certainties that characterised the pre-credit crunch economy. Not only are jobs today less secure, they're subject to ever-accelerating forces of change. The combined forces of globalisation, technology and changing demographics are transforming the workplace.

From an employment perspective, organisations in both the public and private sectors have seen widespread changes. Companies have become flatter, with layers of middle-management stripped out entirely or outsourced to other organisations (frequently located overseas). At the same time, new technology has enabled work practices to be transformed. Once, people were given the responsibility and time to develop their own specialism. Today, it's common practice for people to work in multi-disciplinary teams where specialists are replaced by groups of people working together to solve short-term projects.

All these changed are having a profound impact on jobs and careers. Gone are the days of the 'job for life', the upwardly mobile career path, the guaranteed pay increments, carriage clocks and gilt-edges pension schemes. All these benefits were brought to an abrupt end with the credit crunch. In their place has emerged a new and aggressive marketplace consisting of customers and clients.

"Employers are now customers; employees the salespeople. Employees used to work for their employers, often for life. From now on, they'll work with them - for as long as they're needed."

The characteristics of this marketplace are clear to see: short-term contracts, endemic job insecurity, digitisation, global competition and multiple career paths. Once, it was possible to plan and manage your career. In the future, you'll only know what your career was when you look back at it when it's over.

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