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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.

Introduction
Introduction
About This Book

For many graduates, looking for a future career – employability – may be the ultimate goal of several years in higher education, stress, hard work and accumulation of student debt. Little wonder that it is seen as a decision to ‘get right’. But finding the right career is more than that: it is about making work choices which, for many, will be the start of a journey lasting forty years or more. Indeed, for most graduating today, the cliché – which is nevertheless true – is that we will finish our career undertaking roles, or certainly ways of working, which are unknown today.

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