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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.

Progress and Navigation
Progress and Navigation

Now that you have achieved you hard-won job, the next challenge is to progress through organisation life and make the most of your graduate development opportunities. In Chapters 6 and 7 we discuss some of the theory and practical steps in steering this path. We start with a real-word view of the workplace.

What to Expect from the Workplace

Our ‘happiness’ with work depends on many factors, and may not even be directly linked to salary – though adequate pay certainly helps. Within the UK, average chief executives’ pay can be up to 180 times more than the average UK earnings of £25,118 (ONS, 2015a). And yet reporting on research undertaken for the UK Cabinet Office, Mark Easton (2014) noted that ...

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