Now in its fourth edition, this indispensable guide helps students to create their own personal development programme and build the skills and capabilities today's employers want. Step by step, it takes students from the initial stages of setting goals and defining success through to the application process for their dream job. Part 1 prompts students to think about what 'success' means to them and to think more deeply about what matters to them, what inspires them, and what will help them to achieve their long-term ambitions. This section also helps students to better manage their time, energies and resources so that they can achieve the kind of success they want. Part 2 shows students how to refine their people and task management skills, enabling them to become the effective communicators and problem-solvers that today's employers want. Part 3 develops students' creative and reflective thinking, thereby strengthening students' academic and professional abilities. Part 4 helps readers to reflect on what employers really want from job applicants and explains how they can take concrete action to improve their job prospects. Chapters contain guidance on how to put forward a strong application, how to make the best use of placements, and how to keep records so that students feel more in control during the application process.
Internationally acclaimed study skills author Stella Cottrell provides students with the ingredients they need to create their own recipe for success. Whether you're just starting at college or university, or about to leave a postgraduate programme, Skills for Success will help you to think creatively and constructively about personal, academic and career goals.
New to this Edition:
- Contains increased coverage of different styles and models of leadership, and managing and leading teams
- Includes more material on engaging with cultural difference
- Provides students with guidance on looking after their mental health and wellbeing, to help reduce stress around planning for life after university
- Features more insights and case studies from employers
Table of Contents
Introduction: Taking Charge of your Life, Learning and Career
PART 1: SELF-MANAGEMENT
1. Taking Charge of Your Future
2. The Vision: What does 'Success' Mean to You?
3. Know Yourself
4. Improving Your Personal Performance
5. Successful Self-Management
PART 2: MANAGING PEOPLE AND TASKS
6. People Skills
8. Develop Your Leadership Capability
9. Managing Tasks and Projects
PART 3: EXTEND YOUR THINKING
10. Thinking Creatively and Productively
11. Practical Problem Solving
12. The Art of Reflection
PART 4: EMPLOYABILITY: ENHANCING YOUR CAREER PROSPECTS
13. What do Employers Really Want?
14. Getting the Job You Want
15. Building a Professional Identity
About the Author:
Stella Cottrell was formerly Director of Lifelong Learning at the University of Leeds, UK, and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching at the University of East London, UK.