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Skills for success : personal development and employability (4th edition)

Part of the Bloomsbury Study Skills series
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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 employersAccompanying online resources for this title can be found at

These resources are designed to support teaching and learning when using this textbook and are available at no extra cost.

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Bloomsbury Academic
135201159X / 9781352011593
United Kingdom
xxiv, 407 pages : illustrations (black and white)
26 cm
Includes QR code Previous edition: Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.