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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.

Changing Patterns of Career
Changing Patterns of Career

In this chapter we consider what is meant by the term ‘career’, the stages we go through during our career journey and the influences on our career, including psycho-social factors, age and the changes in society within which our careers are formed and reformed.

In many ways we are defined by our work. In social situations when we meet people for the first time we may be asked, ‘And what do you do?’. We are often judged by the worthiness of our response to the question. So to be a Lifeboatman may be good, but to be a traffic warden not so good, Yet they are both important in maintaining order and safety in our society. Sociologists and ...

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