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About this book

Through pedagogical techniques, self-assessment and personal reflection, this book provides students and graduates with a comprehensive guide to work experience, placements and internships. It offers essential support for every stage of the experience journey, from finding appropriate opportunities, to using the experience to further a career.


Table of Contents

Introduction: Why you need this book

Abstract
As a student or graduate in today’s recruitment market you have an incredible range of career options. However, more than ever before, it’s crucial to take control of your own destiny. This employability journey means you have to trawl through all your choices, find the best path and develop the exact skills you need to move forward. This also means you need experience, and lots of it.
Steve Rook

Chapter 1. Why experience matters

Abstract
Whether you’re a singer, dancer, lawyer or judge, experience is the oil that keeps your career on track. It helps you identify interesting careers, develop your skills and promote what you have to offer.
Steve Rook

Chapter 2. Planning your route

Abstract
You get experience just by being alive. As a child you gradually get involved in ever-more sophisticated activities and meet a growing range of people, but once you start university, your world automatically expands. You see things, meet people and get involved in an ever-expanding world of sport, culture, relationships and work (not to mention study).
Steve Rook

Chapter 3. Managing your networks and social media

Abstract
It’s always been important to know the right people, especially when it comes to finding fulfilling employment. Therefore, well-connected students and graduates have always had the edge.
Steve Rook

Chapter 4. University, societies and volunteering

Abstract
You only get one go at life, so make the most of it. Don’t just attend. While you’re studying (and straight afterwards), you can get involved in all manner of curricular, extra-curricular and voluntary activities which will be fun, fulfilling and good for your career prospects. Find out more throughout this chapter.
Steve Rook

Chapter 5. Part-time, temporary and full-time work

Abstract
Work is increasingly becoming an integral part of normal student life. According to a recent student survey from The Students Union and Endsleigh,1 59 per cent of full-time students hold down a job, 46 per cent on a part-time basis and 13 per cent full-time.
Steve Rook

Chapter 6. Internships and placements

Abstract
Well-managed internships and placements are the best experience you can get.
Steve Rook

Chapter 7. Heading overseas

Abstract
The world is getting smaller, and students and graduates are increasingly keen to get experience overseas. This includes a quarter of a million brave souls who leave our shores every year on some sort of gap year.1
Steve Rook

Chapter 8. Managing your journey and staying safe

Abstract
Of course, experience isn’t the end of your journey — it’s just the beginning. Therefore, each time you start a new role, you should assess how far you’ve travelled and immediately plan your next steps. Standing still just isn’t an option.
Steve Rook

Chapter 9. Applications and interviews

Abstract
Job applications shouldn’t be long, boring autobiographies of everything you’ve ever done in your life. They should be effective marketing tools that clearly show you’re right for the job.
Steve Rook
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