How To Succeed At University (& Get A Great Job!)
|Author||Klassen & Dwyer|
Going to university is an exciting time of life that involves many things: learning, meeting new people, making decisions, building relationships, and gaining greater independence. But getting a university education can also be a source of undue stress. What courses should I take? What program should I get in to? Will I get a job after graduation? It's easy to become discouraged, especially when you don't see what relationship studying Plato, Shakespeare, or Sartre has to the real world.How to Succeed at University (and Get a Great Job!)shows that the best preparation for success at life and on the job is succeeding at university. Giving oral presentations, working in teams, meeting deadlines, overcoming challenges, locating information, explaining events, writing well, and dealing with people in authority are essential in any professional job. These same skills are also vital for becoming a strong student. This book gives you advice and strategies, along with real-life examples, on how to improve the skills that guarantee success at school, work, and in life. More than that, by mastering these easy-to-learn skills, you will also have the time to enjoy all the other benefits that a university education provides.This practical guide is meant for university, college, and high school students, as well as instructors, guidance counsellors, and parents. In answering many of the questions that students and recent graduates have about succeeding in their courses and in their post-school careers, this book shows that the path from university to the real world can be straightforward and exciting if you know what you are doing.
This practical, easy-to-read guide shows you how to master the critical skills needed for school, work, and life.
Table of Contents
Preface1 University as Preparation for a Great JobWhat's university all about?What to expect after graduationWill I get a well-paid job?How to select coursesMature, returning, and part-time studentsWhat job-related skills can I learn in my courses?2 Skills for Success at School and WorkOral presentationsGroup workBeing a proactive professionalUsing numbersTaking notesGetting yourself organized3 Prospering in the Classroom and WorkplaceExams, a fact of lifeStrategies for multiple-choice examsStrategies for written examsThe usefulness of essaysWriting for the academic readerHow to organize an essayThe basic structure of an essayEssay writing as a processCommon essay-writing errorsLab reports and similar assignmentsThe last word4 Strengthening Your Critical SkillsWhat are critical skills?Communication and critical thinkingStrengthening your critical skillsThe limitations of narrativeContextualizing informationThe significance of theoriesTheoretical levels and formsPractical tips to help you on your way5 Active Listening and Active ReadingPassive listeningActive listeningActive readingReading at an academic levelPerfecting your skills6 Researching a TopicRules of thumb for researchersTwo research strategies7 Practical Problem Solving for School, Work, and LifeWhy applied problem solving is so importantProblem solving as a processStep one: defining the problemStep two: discovering causesStep three: establishing solutionsStep four: making a choiceStep five: implementationStep six: benchmarking and evaluatingStep seven: remaining vigilantProblem solving as a life skill8 Creative Problem Solving for Life and WorkRelation to problem solvingThe rigid structures of the mindCreative problem-solving techniquesCreatively reconfiguring the problemMaximizing creative solutionsThe right environment for creative thinking9 Finding and Getting the Great JobThe importance of networkingResumesThe cover letterNetworking and the information interviewThe real interviewDecoding interview questionsInterview stylesReferencesAfter the interview10 Managing Social MediaFive rules for social mediaSocial media and relationship buildingBranding yourselfInternet dating as metaphor11 Success at Work and BeyondThe first jobStaying sharpDealing with the transitionGraduate, professional, vocational, and on-line educationFurther successNotes; More Resources