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The Graduate Jobs Formula,
This review is from: The Graduate Jobs Formula: How to Land Your Dream Career (Paperback)
A careers book which is also an enjoyable (even entertaining) read!
Paul Redmond's book is full of sensible practical and up to date advice written in a lively style, but for me the best thing about it is its honesty and the real insight it gives into the UK graduate job market. Not many careers books are so up front about the importance to some recruiters of where you got your degree and it doesn't pull any punches about the different salary prospects of medics against musicians or those who want to work in, say, Belfast rather than London.
But it's not all doom and gloom, Redmond recognises that money isn't what motivates everyone and he argues convincingly that individuals can take charge of their own future by being "Drivers" not "Passengers".
Having explained that the so called "Top recruiters" ie the big company graduate training schemes are not the be-all-and-end-all of graduate employers which take on somewhere between 5 and 10% of the UK's graduates, it's a shame that a few more of the quotes and examples couldn't come from the smaller private, public and not-for-proft sector that the vast majority of students go on to work for.
There were also a few typos ge HECSU is referred to as HESCU throughout and mislabelling of tables eg on page 62-64, but that mustn't put you off. I think every school pupil and college and university student and graduate - and their parents, advisers and teachers - would benefit from reading this book. And what's more, there's a more than even chance you'll make it to the end!