“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.
- Joe Paterno, American football coach (b. 1926)
Through the life cycle of continued education and employment there are watersheds that we as individuals are confronted with that will fashion our future life style. Taking that initial step into the employment market, direct from education, is the first major break point we are confronted with, the transition from 'learning to earning'.
Career Skills is a 'tool kit' - a personal workbook; using a unique step-by-step approach, it simplifies the entire process from the initial 'How do I start?' right through to the first day 'on the job'. It takes a pragmatic, hard-nosed approach to the preparation of individuals as marketable products ready for entry into the World of Work. Insights are given into the recruiters' world - what recruiters look for and how they select; having this understanding helps the candidates prepare more effectively and with confidence reducing fear of the unknown.
From the authors:
Many graduates/students lose out at interview due to poor preparation and presentation skills coupled with a failure to understand what makes the difference for the recruiter in the final selection. By being inadequately prepared they cannot possibly demonstrate their true potential and an opportunity is lost to both the candidate and the recruiter.
With the background and experience we have, we decided to try to improve that balance - we moved our position from 'Gamekeeper to Poacher'. We have tried to effectively put the graduate/student in the interviewer's chair to ask the question 'Why should I employ you?'
This website has been developed as a complementary resource facility:
- Students have FREE access to downloadable forms, links to useful sites with sample psychometric tests, career resources, etc.
- Lecturers and career advisers are also given FREE access to resource materials supporting individual and group tuition.