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.
We will certainly be recommending the book to all our parents. It's quite simply the best available. — George Fussey, Head of Career Education, Eton College
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
I wish I had had this book when I was leaving university, worrying that my friends' paths were the right ones. The book tackles the anxiety and indecision head-on. Black is a wise, calming and pragmatic advisor to those climbing the first rungs of the career ladder. — Emma Jacobs, Financial Times
A true career design compendium for the 21st century graduate. The author's extensive global experience, combined with his role leading one of higher education's most innovative Career Centres, is now available for all to benefit from. Realistic in its approach, this indispensable guide addresses and empathetically tackles the sensitive issues confronting students, such as family pressure to pursue a particular path. Acknowledging the competing demands of student life - both academic and co-curricular, the rich guidance provided is complemented by pragmatic exercises to assist the reader with converting goals to action. — Caroline Konrad, Director, Ryerson University Career Centre, Toronto, Canada
Jonathan Black has written a uniquely powerful guidebook for those taking the first steps in their career journey. He provides a rare combination of really current knowledge of the detailed practical steps that are needed, with the clarity of perspective and judgement garnered from many years working in careers advice and related research. The result is a manifesto for action, helping the reader quickly orient themselves towards a path that reflects their individual goals and skills, while accessing the experience of many others about how best to progress along it. — Mark Byford, Senior Partner, Egon Zehnder London
Reading it is like having a really good conversation with someone who knows you well who is able to challenge your limiting assumptions and get you to rethink some rather useless cliches. I thoroughly recommend the book not just for undergraduates or recent graduates but for their advisers and tutors. — Cathy O’Neill, Head of Careers and Coordinator of Lifelong Learning, Oxford High School GDST
Not only full of indispensable guidance, this book is also a joy to read. This is witty, encouraging and intelligent with some great stories and superb insights.
— Dr Helen Emmott, Head of Talent, The Whitehall & Industry Group
From giving students an insider's perspective on employer's recruitment strategies to helping them build up a communications tool kit for answering questions in interviews, Jonathan's straightforward, common sense approach takes the fear out of thinking about your career. — Natascia Phillips, i/c Pupil Development and The Student Consultancy, Berkhamsted School
The book is a highly readable and accessible approach to career planning and action - aimed at 16 to 30 year olds. — Oxford Times
This is a must-read book for anyone standing (or about to stand) at a careers-crossroad in life - or those charged with (or interested in) guiding them. ... If you're about to leave school, college or university, get a copy before you do much else. It might just help you onto the right track. — Michael Bond, Vice-Principal Education, Berkhamsted Schools Group