From education to employment

Waving or drowning? Mentoring New Starters

Free graduate employability skills book for careers advisors.

Your First Job was inspired by the experience of mentoring a new graduate trainee who was about a month or so into their first job in a professional services firm and, not to put too fine a point on it, were drowning.

Surprisingly it turned out that a Degree in Music followed by a Masters in Performing Arts hadn’t actually prepared them particularly well for coping with life in a busy office. 

The aim of the book is to provide a practical guide to making the change from education into the world of work. It’s intended to help both new starters and the businesses they work for, as the sooner the new starter becomes a thriving successful employee, they better they will feel and the better return the employer will be getting from their investment in hiring.

To help support careers advisors in the work they do helping students with employability skills we’re sending free e-book copies of Your First Job (and some additional study materials / student guides) to any educational or careers advisory professional who would like one. 

Reader review quotes

The only book I could find on making a great first impression and being successful in your first job.’

‘Ideal for nervous new starters.’

‘Explores everything you weren’t told about your first job.’

About Mark Blayney: Having originally trained with PwC, I have had a career in business rescue and turnaround in the UK and Africa, am now a partner and co-founder of a small private equity business, and am involved in a portfolio of trading businesses.

I have been actively involved in business training and education throughout my career. I enjoy writing books to help people and am the author of a number of practical guide books for business owners on strategy, management, finance, and creating and realising business value, as well as having spoken at a number of leading UK business schools.

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