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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.

Workplace Learning and Development
Workplace Learning and Development

In this chapter we consider the main tools for your personal learning and longer-term development. There are three key reasons for the emphasis on workplace learning:

  • First, and most obviously, to align your values with those of your work organisation and to enable you to perform effectively in that first role.
  • Second, to enable you to develop professionally, inside or outside the organisation, in the short to medium term.
  • Third, for your longer-term career development and your employability – maximising your longer-term potential to align with your dreams and ambitions.

The first of these reasons is the most obvious to manage, and is most likely to be supported by your work organisation. In contrast, the third is the most nebulous ...

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