As a final year undergraduate looking for a career, I'm finding this book incredibly helpful. It approaches the prospect of finding a job with a very warm tone, and the various 'self assessment' activities throughout the book help you to develop and reflect on what you're doing and how you can progress. Would definitely recommend.
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!
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.
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.