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Making the Most of Your Career Development

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July 2016 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

*Shortlisted in the Management and Leadership Textbook Category at CMI Management Book of the Year Awards 2017*

Keen to succeed in today’s competitive job market?  Want to learn how to make the most of longer-term graduate career development opportunities?


This handy guide is the gateway to help you understand the academic and practical aspects of employability and to make the most of your longer-term graduate employability development.


Inside you’ll find:

  • A critical examination of theory to help with your employability studies
  • Practical insights through real-world case studies on everything from job applications, to using work experience and networking effectively
  • Specially commissioned employer, university, adviser and graduate insights from organisations large and small, as diverse as investment banking and international development aid giving you the inside track on what employers are looking for and how to develop your career.

This essential guide equips you with the knowledge and practical guidance you need to achieve your full potential during your studies, into your first role, and in your career beyond.

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Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Changing Patterns of Career
Chapter 3 - Preparing for Work
Chapter 4 - Finding Work
Chapter 5 - Workplace Learning and Development
Chapter 6 - Progress and Navigation
Chapter 7 - Managing Yourself
Chapter 8 - Conclusion and Finding your Own Story


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Employability examines the challenges facing students and those already in work in the contemporary employment market. Its practical approach, interspersed with relevant theory, provides useful hints, tips and practical suggestions, making it a must-read for those who want to understand and explore a wide spectrum of employability-related questions and issues. I would recommend this book to anyone who is on the employability journey.

Susan Durbin
University of the West of England, UK

Employability is a comprehensive reference for students of the topic, blended with top tips and industry insights for those seeking to enhance their own career next steps.


Anthony Ainsworth
SVP, Global Marketing, E.ON SE

Grounded in solid research, Employability is full of thought provoking, challenging and above all practical exercises to support you in whatever stage you are at in your journey into the world of work; whether not yet started, in your first role, or in the middle of a successful career this is an invaluable and helpful guide.



Andy Foster
UK & Western Europe, HR Director, Commercial, RSA

This book was an essential text for the course. The content was insightful, informative and up to date. Students benefitted from clear guidance around graduate competencies. The Case Studies were very useful for authentic discussion points.

Mrs Catherine O'Brien
School of Social Sciences, Business and Law, Teesside University
February 29, 2024

A very useful textbook, well structured and laid out; making it easy to navigate through.

Appropriate for tutors and students alike.

Mr Stuart Priestley
Sport, Myerscough College
October 14, 2016

A great book to blend employment into higher education. Lots of strategies to meet government requirements.

Mrs Chrissie Louise Draper
Education , Derby College
September 30, 2016

This book is a very comprehensive thought provoking text for those who are about to enter the workplace. It encourages new workplace entrants to be aware of the implications of the choices they make early in their careers which might impact on their career development in a subtle and effective way

Mrs Eileen Mc Partland
Childcare Management, Liberties College
September 22, 2016

Great for undergraduates and embedding employability into lessons.

Miss Kelly Stewart
Higher education, Accrington & Rossendale College
September 20, 2016

Organised sections which combines theory into practice well. Nice motivational and encouraging areas that students will be able to relate to and identify with.

Ms Doreen Malcolm
Education, Early Years & Teaching, Bradford College
September 6, 2016

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 3 - Preparing for Work

John Neugebauer

John Neugebauer is a Visiting Fellow at Bristol Business School, University of the West of England. He has held managerial appointments in the UK National Health Service, and senior HR management roles with Lloyds Bank International, and Lloyds Bank. He has lectured at undergraduate and post graduate levels with The University of Bath, University of Bristol, Open University (in the UK and Europe), and the University of the West of England. He has been an external examiner for Bristol Dental School, and the University of Plymouth. John has worked as a consultant to small and large organisations, both in his own capacity and as part of... More About Author

Jane Evans-Brain

Jane Evans-Brain is a human resource business partner in a large national organisation, and has over twenty eight years HR experience in recruitment, learning in the work place, talent development, training, employment law, assessment centres, and change management. Jane also has experience of external consulting. More About Author

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