Steve Rook's Graduate Career Guidebook is like having a warm cuddle from your favourite aunt. It is warm, reassuring and full of practical ideas for things that any graduate and undergraduate can do; things that really do make sense!
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 Programme leader postgraduate certificate in Employability and Entrepreneurship
A really useful book for graduate job hunters and others involved in helping students/graduates with the job hunting process.
Probably nothing new in terms of content, but brings a lot of current approaches to job hunting together in one guide.
Structure and clarity are excellent, taking someone through from initial career thinking through to getting a job. Useful for those who have no idea what to do with their career as well as someone who is on the path to getting a job. The contents and indexing are helpful in enabling someone to know where to start.
The tone throughout is upbeat and positive but pragmatic. It touches on social networking as part of the career search, eg Linked-in. I guess that this will need to be developed in any future publications that author puts together, given its increasing prominence as a job hunting tool.
Highly recommended for career professionals particularly in HE (I work at a large University Careers Service)
I first met the author when I was training to become a Careers Adviser and was immediately impressed by how much he cared about helping the students and graduates he worked with. This guide reinforces that impression of Steve as a very supportive Careers Guidance professional who combines theoretical knowledge with a very practical, down to earth approach. Steve has put together a clear, easy to follow guide to graduate careers. The book is divided into distinct sections, breaking down the process, covering choosing a role, sourcing and finally securing it. There is plenty of very practical advice and lots of references to prompt further research. I particularly like the short exercises which I can easily integrate into my work with students and graduates and the quotations from 'real' people that provide the evidence to back up the advice given. Overall a very useful addition to the Careers Service and University library.
Steve has written an excellent guide for students and graduates embarking on their post-university job search. This guide will be of use to all readers, from those who don't know what they want to do, to others who have a clear idea of their goal but need advice on crafting the perfect application or CV. There is even advice on those who are considering starting their own business. A comprehensive guide, packed full of tips, advice and examples.
I really like this book by Steve Rook. It contains everything that a graduate needs to know, from writing a CV and polishing up your application form, to becoming an entrepreneur and choosing a career path. It is not directed at any particular graduate or any particular subject, meaning that the advice is open to every student whatever their age. In particular, the advice for job interviews is particularly vital (i.e. promoting yourself, networking and open letters) considering our economic climate. Some students might also find chapter 6 - further study - of particular interest, because many of us wish to continue with an MA after graduating. Everything is covered in this book, and it is written in an encouraging and approachable way. Highly recommended to all graduates who are looking to use their degree in a positive way, whatever that might be!
This book is really easy to use whether you want to plan your career in a logical progression or whether you want to dip in to find out about specific topics. It has a very comprehensive contents page which makes it very straightforward to find the information you require quickly. It takes students right from understanding and developing employability skills and using networking to enhance your career planning through to job hunting and all the stages of the application and interview/assessment process.
The author has worked with graduates in higher education for many years and his advice enhances the information we currently give to your students and graduates so this book is a useful tool for both professionals in higher education careers or for the individual student/graduate.
This is a fantastic book that would help any graduate to get on his or her chosen career path.In these recessionary times it is important to have a helping hand to make one stand out from the crowd. It is an excellent investment for now and for the future.
This is a great resource for students and graduates! I wish I had read it when I was still at university. It helps at every stage in the career planning process, from choosing a role to getting your foot in the door. It helps you see things from an employer's point of view and therefore put together CVs and applications which will stand head and shoulders above others. Read this book if you want to get on in whatever role you want to enter, be it banking, drama therapy or film production.
Steve Rook is one of the best careers professionals I have worked with and this book is 'thoroughly Steve'. It is practical and sensible but pulls no punches in saying what individuals have to do to get themselves a job. Supportive but gritty, this is a must for all graduates looking to get onto, or move up, the careers ladder.
Professor Chris Gale - Director of Bradford University Law School