Developing Employability for Business

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 1/28/2014
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Employability is central to all university study; in an increasingly competitive graduate job market students enter Higher Education with their eyes already fixed on securing a job - their final destination.

Written specifically for students, Developing Employability is an outstanding guide to the skills involved in job-hunting and entering the workplace. Straightforward, practical, and accessible, it allows students to develop, experience, and refine the techniques that will help them stand out from the crowd as they look forward to their future careers.

Students are encouraged to engage and progress through the book; reflecting on their own skills and opportunities, and building up a wealth of practical expertise as they prepare to embark on the world of graduate employment for the first time. Developing Employability is not merely focused on students finding a job, but succeeding at work and moving on in their careers.

A "project" woven throughout the book invites students to participate in practical, active learning; this step-by-step guide leads students through creating their own resources, such as personal development plans, e-portfolios, learning logs and CVs ensuring they are well prepared for the world of work. A breadth of invaluable employability skills can be acquired alongside, and aided by, academic study as Developing Employability covers entrepreneurship, social media and non-traditional routes into work, alongside conventional graduate employers.

Developing Employability 1/e is supported by an extensive Online Resource Centre, featuring:

Student resources:
Skills audit form
Examples of online application form questions
Targeted web links
Audio podcasts with practitioners, students and graduates

Lecturer resources:
Brief notes guiding lecturers on how to run the project
Tutorial activities for those who are not running the project
Notes on how to guide students in their own skills audit

Author Biography

Maryvonne Lumley, UWL,James Wilkinson

Maryvonne Lumley: Maryvonne lectures in employability related subjects to both full time and employed, part time students in the International Business School at the University of West London. Her extensive commercial experience, which has included recently overseeing an Investors in People project, gives her firsthand insights into current working practices and business perspectives on the employment market for graduates. This wealth of practical knowledge is supported by theoretical understanding achieved through her MSc in Human Computer Interaction and MA in Psychology of Education.

James Wilkinson: Currently on sabbatical while he writes this textbook, James has taught in both a teaching focused university and at a research intensive institution. As a Teaching Fellow in Higher Education at King's College London, he has supported early career teachers and refined his 'Combined Learning for Employability and Research (CLEAR)' pedagogical approach. Prior to this, as a Senior Lecturer at the University of West London, James participated in and provided leadership for numerous employability-related research and curriculum development projects, and also led an international, EU-funded project which developed a new module and pedagogical approach for developing intercultural communication competence. In 2010 he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the UK Higher Education Academy.

Table of Contents

How to use this book
Section One: Identifying and Building Employability Assets
1: Introduction
2: Skills Audit, Learning Logs and Portfolio-building
3: Reflection and Transferable Skills
4: Enhancing your Profile: Standing Out from the Crowd
Section Two: Developing Essential Employability Skills
5: Working on projects: at University and Work
6: Team Work 1: Getting started
7: Team Work 2: Maintenance
8: Customer-facing Skills
Section Three: Into Work
9: Preparing the Evidence
10: Finding a Job
11: Career Management: Creating Opportunities
12: Into Work
How to use this book
Section One: Identifying and Building Employability Assets
1. Introduction
2. Skills Audit, Learning Logs and Portfolio-building
3. Reflection and Transferable Skills
4. Enhancing your Profile: Standing Out from the Crowd
Section Two: Developing Essential Employability Skills
5. Working on projects: at University and Work
6. Team Work 1: Getting started
7. Team Work 2: Maintenance
8. Customer-facing Skills
Section Three: Into Work
9. Preparing the Evidence
10. Finding a Job
11. Career Management: Creating Opportunities
12. Into Work

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