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Career choice
After you graduate: finding and getting work you will enjoy Skills shelves
An academic career
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/academiccareer
Website created by the Careers and Employability Division at the University of Manchester. Designed to help all levels of students, alumni and researchers who might be considering a career in academia. 
Assessment survival guide: steps to success: tips on preparing, practising and performing effectively
at a graduate and industrial placement assessment centre
Skills file 5a: assessment centres;
Online at http://www.peoplebank.com/pb3/corporate/PSA/shared/download/
Assessment_Centre_Survival_Guide.pdf
Balanced researcher: strategies for busy researchers Skills shelves;
Online at http://www.vitae.ac.uk/researcherbooklets
Beyond the PhD
http://www.beyondthephd.co.uk
Career resource for arts and humanities PhD researchers. Includes video and audio clips, articles and profiles on the career development of PhD graduates.
Brand you: turn your unique talents into a winning formula Skills shelves
Build your own rainbow: a workbook for career and life management Skills shelves;
Library - two 7 day loan copies
Building a successful career in scientific research: a guide for PhD students and postdocs With occupational files V
Career change handbook : how to find out what you're good at and what you enjoy - then get someone to pay you for it Skills shelves;
Library - one 7 day loan copy (donated by CAS)
Career networking: networking for career and job success Skills shelves
Career planning for research bioscientists Skills shelves;
Library - one 7 day loan copy (donated by CAS);
See also companion website
http://www.wiley.com/go/blackford/careerplanning.
Career skills: opening doors into the job market Skills shelves; see also companion website http://www.palgrave.com/careerskills/index.htm.
Career trends: careers away from the bench: advice and options for scientists Skills file 10: career choice and development;
Available to download at www.sciencecareers.org/booklets.
CareerPlayer
http://www.careerplayer.com
Careers video library containing information on industries, job roles, employers and tips and advice on career choice, job search and selection topics.
Careers after biological sciences
http://biosciencecareers.wordpress.com/
Interesting blog with lots of career stories from Biological Sciences graduates.
Careers for modern linguists (CAS publication) PDF icon PDF file - 131 kb You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF file - you can download a free copy from the Adobe site.
Careers for those studying economics (CAS publication) PDF icon PDF file - 42 kb You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF file - you can download a free copy from the Adobe site.
Careers guide for scientists (CAS publication) PDF icon PDF file - 401 kb You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF file - you can download a free copy from the Adobe site.
Careers with a science degree: over 100 job ideas to inspire you Occupational information
Careers with an arts and humanities degree: over 100 job ideas to inspire you Occupational information
Career-wise researcher (The) Skills file 10: career choice and development;
Available to download at http://www.vitae.ac.uk/CMS/files/upload/Vitae-The-career-wise-researcher-2013.pdf
Case studies: careers in research - RCUK
http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/researchcareers/percase
Online suite of stories providing an insight about life as a researcher and the different career paths which researchers’ take.
Changing course: a guide to changing course, withdrawing or suspending your studies (University of Bath Students' Union) Skills file 10: Career choice and development
Changing or leaving your course Skills file 10: Career choice and development;
General UK further and higher education;
See also http://www.agcas.org.uk/agcas_resources/110.
Changing your career: practical advice to help you move on Library - two 7 day loan copies (donated by CAS)
Choosing a career (CAS publication) PDF icon PDF file - 67 kb You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF file - you can download a free copy from the Adobe site.
Skills file 10: Career choice and development
Confident networking: for career success and satisfaction Skills shelves
Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Longitudinal Survey
http://www.agcas.org.uk/agcas_resources/374
Longitudinal destinations data provides an insight into the employment and study patterns of university leavers three and a half years into their careers.
Diagonal thinking self-assessment tool
http://www.diagonalthinking.co.uk
Tool to test for diagonal thinking, an attribute valued by the advertising and communications industry.
Don't want to use your subject? (CAS publication) PDF icon PDF file - 82 kb You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF file - you can download a free copy from the Adobe site.
Skills file 10: Career choice and development
Dude, where's my career? The guide for baffled graduates Skills shelves
Ethical careers guide With occupational files R6;
Loan copy available
Finding work experience (CAS publication) PDF icon PDF file - 314 kb
You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF file - you can download a free copy from the Adobe site.
Flexible working (AGCAS special interest series) Occupational files R6;
Self employment and small businesses file;
PDF icon PDF file - 239 kb
You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF file - you can download a free copy from the Adobe site.
Get that job: easy steps to the job you want Library - one 28 day loan copy (donated by CAS)
Graduate jobs formula: how to land your dream career Skills shelves
Graduate Success
http://www.graduate-success.org.uk
Graduate Success is a project exploring how graduates from a range of backgrounds make the transition to the job market. The website contains advice and numerous case studies.
HECSU: Futuretrack
http://www.hecsu.ac.uk/current_projects_futuretrack.htm
Futuretrack is a study which explores the relationship between higher education, employment and career planning. Reports available to download.
Higher degrees: postgraduate study in the
UK 2000/01 to 2005/06
http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/corporate/
migratedd/publications/d/dius_rr_08_16.pdf

Report from the Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills. Section on employment destinations of postgraduates may be of interest to current postgraduate students.
How to analyse and promote your skills for work Skills shelves;
Two loan copies available
How to change your career Skills shelves;
Two loan copies available
How to get a job you'll love Skills shelves
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: to turn your career options into great career options, read on… Skills file 9: job search
See also http://www.ktponline.org.uk/graduates.
A scheme where universities and employers offer a paid job in industry combined with a professional qualification.
Moving on in your career: a guide for academic researchers and postgraduates Skills shelves;
Library - two 7 day loan copies
Next steps: options after a bioscience degree
http://www.sebiology.org/education/docs/Next_steps_web.pdf
Online PDF leaflet prepared by the Society for Experimental Biology. Covers job seeking strategies, work experience, importance of skills, postgraduate study opportunities, making applications and interviews.
You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF file - you can download a free copy from the Adobe site.
Personal evaluation toolkit (Unilever)
http://www.unilever.com/careers/personal_evaluation_toolkit
A confidential, interactive exercise to help you with career choice. It is an example of the kind of tools which employers put on their sites and may be largely relevant to careers with Unilever.
Planning a career change Skills shelves
Pocket career survival guide Skills file 10: career choice and development;
Covers career choice, skills development and making applications.
Prospects Career Planner Software available for use in the Careers Advisory Service or from any PC with internet access - to access the software go to http://www.prospects.ac.uk/planner;
See also Prospects Career Planner information on our website.
Psychology student employability guide Psychology discipline file;
Available to download from Higher Education Academy Psychology Network website.
Rebuilding your life after redundancy: the new life network handbook Skills shelves
Research student's guide to success Library - two 7 day loan copies of 3rd ed
So what are you going to do with that? Finding careers outside academia Skills shelves;
Library - loan copy available
Studying Economics
http://www.studyingeconomics.ac.uk/
Site includes sections on work experience and options after your degree.
Team Focus software for verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning tests and personality assessments Bath Campus only Practise reasoning tests and assessments designed to establish learning style, personality type and values determining motivation at work. Software available to Bath students and graduates.
Travels in a mathematical world
http://www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
Listen to mathematicians talk about their careers and work. Podcast produced by the University Liaison Officer of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).
University of Bath careers guide Skills file 10: career choice and development;
Digital version available Bath Campus only
University researchers and the job market (AGCAS)
http://www.agcas.org.uk/agcas_resources/
115-University-Researchers-and-the-Job-Market
Practical career development resource for research staff.
Using your language skills (AGCAS special interest series) Occupational files A4 and O4;
PDF icon PDF file - 224 kb
You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF file - you can download a free copy from the Adobe site.
Vitae
http://www.vitae.ac.uk
New organisation incorporating the UK GRAD Programme and UKHERD. Support the professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff.
Vitae: career stories on film
http://www.vitae.ac.uk/researchers/136961/Career-stories-on-film.html
Films of the career stories of people with a research background. May be of interest to those considering a PhD as well as current PhD students.
What do graduates do? Skills shelves;
Download from http://www.hecsu.ac.uk/current_projects_what_do_graduates_do.htm
What do graduates do? Scotland
http://www.hecsu.ac.uk/hecsu.rd/
research_reports_what_do_graduate_do_scotland.htm

Report giving information about what happened to first degree, Masters and doctoral graduates from Scottish higher education institutions. Downloadable as a PDF file.
What do researchers do? Career paths of doctoral graduates Online at www.vitae.ac.uk/wdrd
What do researchers do? Career profiles of doctoral entrepreneurs Skills shelves;
Loan copy available - please ask at reception;
Online at www.vitae.ac.uk/wdrd
What do researchers do? Career profiles of doctoral graduates Skills shelves;
Loan copy available - please ask at reception;
Online at www.vitae.ac.uk/wdrd
What do researchers do? Doctoral graduate destinations and impact three years on Skills shelves;
Loan copy available - please ask at reception;
Online at www.vitae.ac.uk/wdrd
What do researchers do? First destinations of doctoral graduates by subject Skills shelves;
Loan copy available - please ask at reception;
Online at www.vitae.ac.uk/wdrd
What do researchers do? Labour market information
http://www.vitae.ac.uk/researchers/412181/
What-do-researchers-do-Labour-market-information.html
  • Analysis of the main employment sectors for doctoral graduates
  • Profiles on some of the most important occupations for doctoral graduates
  • Advice on using labour market information to assist with career planning
What do researchers want to do? The career intentions of doctoral researchers Online at www.vitae.ac.uk/wdrd
What do Social Science graduates do? Social & policy sciences discipline files;
Online at https://campaignforsocialscience.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Graduate-report-2013.pdf.
What else you can do with a PhD: a career guide for scholars Skills shelves
What the Careers Advisory Service does for first years (CAS publication) Handout available
Where you can go with Biology Biology discipline file
Your degree… what next? (AGCAS special interest series) Skills file 10: Career choice and development;
General UK further and higher education;
See also http://www.prospects.ac.uk/your_degree_what_next.htm.
Your foundation degree… what next? (AGCAS special interest series) Skills file 10: Career choice and development;
General UK further and higher education;
See also http://www.prospects.ac.uk/your_foundation_degree_what_next_degrees.htm.
Your HND… what next? (AGCAS special interest series) Skills file 10: Career choice and development;
General UK further and higher education;
See also http://www.prospects.ac.uk/your_hnd_what_next.htm.
Your masters… what next? (AGCAS special interest series) Skills file 10: Career choice and development;
General UK further and higher education;
See also http://www.prospects.ac.uk/your_masters_what_next.htm.
Your PhD… what next? (AGCAS special interest series) Skills file 10: Career choice and development;
General UK further and higher education;
See also http://www.prospects.ac.uk/your_phd_what_next.htm.
Take charge!: focused and inspirational advice for career changers Skills shelves
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Personality assessments
How to pass graduate psychometric tests Skills shelves
Diagonal thinking self-assessment tool
http://www.diagonalthinking.co.uk
Tool to test for diagonal thinking, an attribute valued by the advertising and communications industry.
FindingPotential: self assessment
http://www.findingpotential.com/SELF
Register for a free personality report.
Keirsey.com
http://keirsey.com
Temperament/preference assessment with the same theoretical basis as MBTI.
Psychological Testing Centre
http://www.psychtesting.org.uk
A British Psychological Society managed site. Includes guidelines and information for test takers - test takers section. You can also search by test name for reviews.
Psychometric tests: what are they and how to prepare for them (AGCAS) Skills File 4: aptitude tests;
Available to buy for 50p
Psytech International
http://www.psytech.co.uk
Test provider. Site includes brief descriptions of various ability and personality tests.
SHL (corporate site)
http://www.shl.com

Candidate-focused site SHLDirect contains some free example tests including:

  • personality
  • motivation
  • situational judgment.
SHL best practice
http://www.shl.com/OurScience/BestPractice
Guidelines on best practice in testing, some relating to diversity and disability.
Team Focus software for verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning tests and personality assessments Bath Campus only Practise reasoning tests and assessments designed to establish learning style, personality type and values determining motivation at work. Software available to Bath students and graduates.
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Presentation skills
Assessment survival guide: steps to success: tips on preparing, practising and performing effectively
at a graduate and industrial placement assessment centre
Skills file 5a: assessment centres;
Online at http://www.peoplebank.com/pb3/corporate/PSA/shared/download/
Assessment_Centre_Survival_Guide.pdf
Brilliant presentation: what the best presenters know, do and say Skills shelves
Essential presentation skills
www.presentationhelper.co.uk
/Essential_Presentation_skills.htm
Online lessons in three presentation skills.
Get that job: easy steps to the job you want Library - one 28 day loan copy (donated by CAS)
Overcoming presentation anxiety
http://www.brookes.ac.uk/student/
services/counselling/selfhelp/leaflets/presentations.html
Useful advice from Oxford Brookes University.
Presentation skills
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?
v=EumXWYSCbE4&feature=related
YouTube video covering the whole process.
Presenting with power: captivate, motivate, inspire and persuade Skills shelves
Successful presentation skills Skills shelves
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Skills development
ACCA: commercial awareness
http://www.accaglobal.com/en/qualifications/accountancy-career/ukgraduates/graduateschemes/commercial.html
A series of podcasts about commercial awareness.
All you need to know about commercial awareness Skills shelves;
Loan copy available
Assertiveness works Skills video and workbook - please ask at reception
Assert yourself: how to find your voice and make your mark Skills shelves
Assessment survival guide: steps to success: tips on preparing, practising and performing effectively
at a graduate and industrial placement assessment centre
Skills file 5a: assessment centres;
Online at http://www.peoplebank.com/pb3/corporate/PSA/shared/download/
Assessment_Centre_Survival_Guide.pdf
Balanced researcher: strategies for busy researchers Skills shelves;
Online at http://www.vitae.ac.uk/researcherbooklets
Brand you: turn your unique talents into a winning formula Skills shelves
Business mathematics: the easy way Skills shelves
Career planning for research bioscientists Skills shelves;
Library - one 7 day loan copy (donated by CAS);
See also companion website
http://www.wiley.com/go/blackford/careerplanning.
Career trends: building relationships: mentoring, collaborating and networking Skills file 10: career choice and development;
Available to download at www.sciencecareers.org/booklets.
Careers for modern linguists (CAS publication) PDF icon PDF file - 131 kb You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF file - you can download a free copy from the Adobe site.
Career-wise researcher (The) Skills file 10: career choice and development;
Available to download at http://www.vitae.ac.uk/CMS/files/upload/Vitae-The-career-wise-researcher-2013.pdf
Commercial awareness and business decision-making skills: how to understand and analyse company financial information Skills shelves;
Lloan copy available
Diagonal thinking self-assessment tool
http://www.diagonalthinking.co.uk
Tool to test for diagonal thinking, an attribute valued by the advertising and communications industry.
Digital literacy Webpage explaining what digital literacy is and how it is relevant to your career planning.
Everything you need to know at work: a complete manual of workplace skills Skills shelves
Future fit: preparing graduates for the world of work
http://www.agcas.org.uk/assets/
download?file=941&parent=383
Report from the CBI and Universities UK which 'highlights good practice by employers and universities in helping students in higher education develop employability skills that will equip them for their working lives'. Useful for identifying the skills and experience employers look for.
Graduate jobs formula: how to land your dream career Skills shelves
Graduate Success
http://www.graduate-success.org.uk
Graduate Success is a project exploring how graduates from a range of backgrounds make the transition to the job market. The website contains advice and numerous case studies.
How to analyse and promote your skills for work Skills shelves;
Two loan copies available
Journey to work: from a degree to a graduate job Includes seven student case studies and seven employability skills videos.
DVD shelf;
Streamed version available online
http://www.bath.ac.uk/careers/
catalogue.bho/intro
(campus only)
Managing your placement: a skills-based approach Work experience shelves
Moving on: the physics student's guide to boosting employability Physics discipline file
Next steps: options after a bioscience degree
http://www.sebiology.org/education/docs/Next_steps_web.pdf
Online PDF leaflet prepared by the Society for Experimental Biology. Covers job seeking strategies, work experience, importance of skills, postgraduate study opportunities, making applications and interviews.
You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF file - you can download a free copy from the Adobe site.
Pocket career survival guide Skills file 10: career choice and development;
Covers career choice, skills development and making applications.
Rebuilding your life after redundancy: the new life network handbook Skills shelves
Research student's guide to success Library - two 7 day loan copies of 3rd ed
SIFE UK
http://www.sifeuk.org
SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) is dedicated to nurturing the entrepreneurial skills of university students in a way that is both effective in developing their future careers and meaningful to the community.
Skills for success: the personal development planning handbook Skills shelves;
Loan copy available
Student skills guide Skills shelves
Talent fishing: what businesses want from postgraduates
http://www.cihe.co.uk/
talent-fishing-what-businesses-want-from-postgraduates/
Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE) report for the Department of Business Innovation and Skills. Includes information on the perceptions employers have of postgraduates and skills that are valued in the workplace.
TARGETjobs: skills and competencies for graduates
http://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/skills-and-competencies
Information on which competencies employers expect and how you can demonstrate them at application and interview.
University of Bath careers guide Skills file 10: career choice and development;
Digital version available Bath Campus only
University of Bath: Key skills at the Library and Learning Centre
http://www.bath.ac.uk/library/subjects/keyskills
Webpage details help with skills development available at the University and includes a list of other web-based resources.
What else you can do with a PhD: a career guide for scholars Skills shelves
Working towards your future: making the most of your time in higher education
http://www.cbi.org.uk/media/1121431/cbi_nus_employability_report_march_2011.pdf
Guide to developing employability skills. Produced by the CBI and NUS.
You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF file - you can download a free copy from the Adobe site.

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