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The Business Student's Guide to Study and Employability

The Business Student's Guide to Study and Employability

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December 2016 | 472 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Written in response to the pressures on universities to produce highly skilled and work-ready graduates and intended to map across a three year business course,  this book contains the study and employability skills students need to succeed as a business student and graduate, from essential study, presentation and leadership skills to practical advice on getting that all-important job after university. Hands-on learning aids offer exercises for group work and self-study.

Readers can expect the book to:

  • Help them adapt to a new culture and environment by setting out what is expected and what they can expect at university
  • Help them bridge the gap between school and university by developing essential study skills such as critical thinking and time management
  • Help them develop transferable skills that are sought after by employers including presentation skills, leadership skills and commercial awareness
  • Give them practical advice on getting that all-important job after university with chapters on CV writing, job hunting, interviewing and networking, among others

The book is full of examples drawing on the author’s own personal experience with the final chapter offering words of advice from current graduates and employees working in lots of different sectors all over the world – including US, Europe, China and the UK.

The book is complemented by a companion website featuring a range of tools and resources for lecturers and students, including an instructor manual and PowerPoint slides, answers and guidance on skills assessment tasks, templates and examples to download as well as additional chapter content on topics such as plagarism and essay writing.

Suitable for all students taking a business degree.

Chapter 1: Studying at University
Chapter 2: Personal Development and Learning
Chapter 3: Time Management
Chapter 4: Critical Thinking
Chapter 5: Teaching Methods at University
Chapter 6: General Principles of Assessment at University
Chapter 7: Writing Assignments and Dissertations
Chapter 8: Examinations at University
Chapter 9: Presentation Skills
Chapter 10: Team-Working
Chapter 11: Leading Others
Chapter 12: Communicating Effectively
Chapter 13: Developing Cross-Cultural Awareness
Chapter 14: Problem Solving and Creativity
Chapter 15: Understanding Employee Selection
Chapter 16: CVs and Application Forms
Chapter 17: Selection Interviews
Chapter 18: Psychometric Tests and Assessment Centres
Chapter 19: Alternative Options after Graduation
Chapter 20: Conclusion: Skills and Employability


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Lecturer Resources

  • Instructor’s Manual
  • PowerPoint Slides

Student Resources

  • Interactive Self-Testing Activities
  • Group and Individual Tasks
  • Video Links
  • Further Reading Links
  • Downloadable Templates
  • Group and individual tasks

This textbook is an important contribution that addresses elements of students' lives that often go under-served. Lecturers are seeing increasing attention to what is commonly referred to as the 'student life cycle.' However, a coherent and pragmatic approach to operationalising this concept has been lacking until the advent of Peter Morgan's thoughtfully constructed and well written text. It should be on every lecturer and student's desk!

Professor Clive Smallman
President and Principal Executive Officer, Asia Pacific International College

Everything I wish I had known during my first year of University as well as everything I need to know now, in one book

Tasha Lyth, final year Business Management student
De Montfort University

A one stop tool for students to enable them to get the best out of their degree opportunity, and be ready for the professional world

Karen Stringer, final year Business and Psychology student
Aston University

An interesting read that covers the main aspects of the student experience, in an informal and interesting way. I wish that I had this book in my first year! 

Daniel Pallas, final year Business and Management student
Aston University

A very comprehensive tool book about helping you getting used to university life, broadening you horizons to your future career and enhancing your employability

Weiwei Lin, 3rd year Management with Marketing student
University of Leeds

This book is the new way to learn; it’s up to date, has online sections and also puts what you are learning into real life situations

Michaela Maginnis, 2nd year Business and Management student
De Montfort University

This book is great for undergraduate students like me, when looking for a guide to help with improving our employability skills. I strongly believe this book can equip me with the correct understanding of employability skills and to understand what potential employees are after

Emma Wilson, 3rd year Business and Management student
Aston University

This book is worth reading if you’ve just started university as it will give you a holistic view of what you are going to experience in your academic study, how you can tackle different difficulties, and how your academic performance will be linked to your employability

Moondy Zheng, final year Management with Marketing student
University of Leeds

A guide to surviving university, from how to write an essay to preparing for a job. Would recommend this easy handbook as trying to find people to help can sometimes be difficult. 

Carrie Stevens, 2nd year Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation student
De Montfort University

The book will give you methods for improving your study and writing skills for university, also providing advice on exams and employability. It has small tasks which break up the reading and also the opportunity for further development if you want to online.

Hannah Derry, final year Business and Psychology student
Aston University

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 12: Communicating Effectively

For instructors