As you may have gathered if you read our interview with author Tanya De Grunwald, she’s not your average, stuffy, out-of-touch careers advisor. I mean, for a start, she has a successful career in freelance journalism- it’s always a bonus when the person lecturing you about your lack of career actually has one of their own.
Secondly, Tanya doesn’t do lectures. Less like a nagging teacher or parent, and more like a helpful big sister who’s been there, done that and bought the unemployed t-shirt before you, the advice she dishes out in How to Get a Graduate Job in a Recession is smart, to the point and downright useful.
Split into six easy-to-read chapters, each one further chopped into digestible chunks of information, you’ll easily get through the 115 pages in an hour or two- ideal really, as Tanya has the rest of your day mapped out for you! After identifying your job hunting errors, realising that nowadays a career isn’t for life (but hopefully for longer than Christmas- temping jobs suck), and finding a thriving industry which you want to get involved in, she’ll have you revamping your CV, writing grammatically correct cover letters and practising your interview technique, all before lunchtime.
Perhaps the most refreshing chapter of all comes at the end of the book- Confidence and Motivation. Most careers advice focusses purely on the job hunt, but having been in your position herself (minus the recession part- life was so much better when she graduated), Tanya addresses the knock-on effect job hunting has on the rest of your life. From peaceful living with your parents, to dealing with rejection and even job-related depression, she isn’t afraid to broach delicate subjects, and gives practical advice for combating your downheartedness.
Although minor aspects of the book aren’t entirely relevant in Scotland at the moment (i.e. we don’t pay tuition fees, but we soon will if the government’s plan goes to plan), How to Get a Graduate Job in a Recession is well worth its £9.99 price tag. Don’t think so? Then ask Tanya for your money back.
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