Where am I Going and Can I Have a Map?
How to take control of your career plan – and make it happen
By Jonathan Black
Learn how to make a career plan that suits you and take action to make it happen.
'From an expert at the top of his game . . . the definitive careers guide for a stressed generation of high-fees debt-laden graduates understandably far more concerned about employment than ever before. Grounded in theory, he provides a wealth of practical advice.'
David Palfreyman, OBE FRSA, Director, Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies
This book will help you feel more empowered about your career. You can read it from beginning to end, or dive into specific sections for immediate advice on, for example, writing your CV. There are three sections:
Stepping Back - What's this all about?
The bigger issues that frame the whole area of your career and jobs; looking down on your career map from 10,000 feet. Practicalities - What do I do on Monday Morning?
CVs, applications, interviews and all the other details on your map. Along the Way - Or, How do I Keep Going?
How to cope with the hurdles and challenges that you might encounter while you're travelling along your route It includes an extensive set of real examples to bring it all alive, and is grounded with helpful statistics and sociological research.
Author Jonathan Black has been Director of the Careers Service at the University of Oxford for the last eight years. Before that, he's had a number of different jobs including: management consultant, professional publisher, co-founder of a start-up company, finance director, aerospace engineer, computer salesman, and strategy director. He has worked in the UK, Europe and the USA, in small businesses and large corporations, private and public sector. In his day job, he works one-to-one with students, presents at international conferences, on the radio and TV, and comes up with new ideas and programmes to help students in schools, university and beyond, to improve their career prospects.
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15 Mar 2017
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For students spending £27k-£36k on their degrees, a further £12.99 on this book is a certain step towards getting a better return on that massive investment. — David Palfreyman, Director, Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies
Winningly combines undergraduate anecdotes, professional surveys, and years of top level professional experience, providing as a consequence an indispensable and totally authoritative source of wisdom to students, teachers and parents alike. — Dr Tim Hands, Headmaster, Winchester College
From an expert at the top of his game . . . the definitive careers guide for a stressed generation of high-fees debt-laden graduates understandably far more concerned about employment than ever before. Grounded in theory, he provides a wealth of practical advice. — David Palfreyman, OBE FRSA, Director, Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies
This is not just a book about careers; it is a book about how to lead a happy life.
Both as a philosophy for career planning and as a last minute crib for interviews, this book is invaluable for all those setting out upon the next step. It is a treasure trove of common sense and experience, underpinned by the wisdom of a life well-trodden.
— James Hodgson, Headmaster, Bedford School
A guide for people of all ages as they prepare, often hesitantly, to take an unfamiliar path. Better than a map, this book shows by captivating example how we can shape our own lives and careers. — Professor Dame Carol Black DBE FRCP FMedSci, Principal, Newnham College, Cambridge.
This must be one of the most practical and comprehensible career guides ever produced. It is also extremely reassuring for the reader, who needs to understand that there is a mass of help and advice to hand, and that in a rapidly changing world, a career choice is not necessarily for ever. It is packed with useful practical advice on how to consider your personal options, how to construct a CV, how to prepare for an interview - pointing out that a thorough knowledge of your own CV is essential! - and how to approach the tricky issue of salary negotiation, among many other invaluable tips. — Baroness Gillian Shephard of Northwold, Secretary of State for Education and Employment, 1994-97
This is not yet another book on cv writing, job interviews and salary negotiations... Where Am I Going and Can I Have a Map offers a fresh approach to personalised career development in a personal tone of voice. Under headings like "not a life sentence", "passing the two second test" and "trial by sherry" the author shares original "words of wisdom" from his rich experience and engages (prospective) professionals in an aerial view on career exploration. — Wijnand Aalderink, director Career Services and Corporate Relations, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen, The Netherlands