Turn your Degree into a Career: A step-by-step guide to achieving your dream career (Step-By-Step Guide to Choosing and Getting Your First Job)

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The graduate of ten years ago started work armed with nothing more than a degree. With over 40 per cent of school leavers studying at higher education, you now need much more to impress a potential employer. Whatever you studied at university, you still have a wide choice of potential careers. The subject of your degree doesn't have to determine your career direction. What is important is how you go about getting that career. "Turn your Degree into a Career" covers everything you need to turn yourself from graduate to professional. It explores how you can decide upon your ideal career - what careers you might enjoy, what skills you want to use, and where you want to work. It deals with researching your career, and how to supercharge your CV with a year out. All the basics are covered including how to write application forms, CVs and covering/speculative letters that really work. You'll find useful information on preparing for a successful interview, dealing with aptitude tests and assessment centres, notes on pursuing post-graduate qualifications, as well as tips for survival in the world of work.

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Turn Your Degree into a Career is a practical and easy-to-use guide for university graduates and students. It is based on the knowledge and experience of Dr Michael Collins, who for over five years has run a successful course at the University of East Anglia on how to successfully pursue opportunities in the job market. I owed my first job to Mike. It was his techniques and advice that helped me beat over 1,000 applicants for my first job in advertising. My experiences, as well as the feedback from other former students and guest lecturers (HR directors and recruitment specialists) have all helped make this book practical and comprehensive. It covers everything you should need, from deciding what career you might want to pursue to taking a year out and going to interviews. Importantly, it also tells you how to stay motivated and how to pursue your own dreams, rather than other peoples. Good luck in your career search, Benjamin Scott.

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Dr Michael Collins runs a course on Personal and Academic Development in the University of East Anglia, offering undergraduates support on careers and job-hunting issues. Benjamin Scott, once a student on Mike Collins' course, is regularly invited to lecture on the PAD course. For over two years he worked for a London advertising agency - a job he owes to the skills taught by Dr Collins. He continues to assist the career centre with mentoring and advising undergraduates.

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