Learning to Leap is a practical guide that can help change your life, give meaning to your life more often and take back control of your life. By reading this book, you will find out the common set of personal attributes, skills and knowledge that every employer wants.
This book is for you, if
you are a student or graduate entering the workplace for the first time
you have been made redundant or are returning to work
you want to change job or career
you are seeking promotion
you are in transition from one role to another
you are interested in personal development and employability
This easy-to-understand guide will support your personal development using practical and proven tips, tools and techniques. There is a wide-ranging mix of resources for you to further explore. It’s also a commentary on current and future learning opportunities and challenges we all face in maintaining our employability.
By learning to leap, you’ll be rewarded by
giving employers greater confidence in your quality as a candidate or an existing employee
making more informed decisions for your career and future direction
making the most of yourself so you can describe the kind of person you are and make links with personal strengths and achievements
enhancing your job and career prospects so you can present yourself authentically and confidently to current or prospective employers.
The philosophy of the book is based on the principles of coaching and mentoring. It is designed to develop your awareness, build your confidence and capability, and encourage ownership of and responsibility for your actions. Use it as your critical friend to become the best you can be and increase your chances of success with employers.
Available from Amazon in print here and via Kindle here.
Twenty graduates aged between 21 and 30 share their experiences, heartfelt views, and tips for job searching in your 20s. They reflect on what it feels like, what helps, and what does not help.
In addition to their unedited comments, you also get David’s perspective, a summary of 10 themes and 23 top takeaways arising from the research. Here’s a sample:
“Throughout my years at university I got my hands on every work experience, internship and summer job going – often in very different environments. It helped me identify what my strengths and weaknesses were and where I might like to end up working. In the end, I spent every summer working in summer schools with adolescents and now I’m training to be a children’s social worker.”
“I know loads of people in their 20s who don’t have a particular laid-out profession from their degree. It’s hard when doing an application that it’s really obvious you don’t have direction. People are finding their feet and trying to find things out. For me, it’s a source of insecurity.”
“Read the paper. I got asked at interviews the current interest rate, and 3 major things in the news this week, for example – some graduates don’t know this stuff!”
“Highly recommended reading for anyone in their 20s. Very practical job search advice from David Shindler and comments from recent graduates.”
“A really insightful and interesting read!”
“Even though job hunting is such a personal journey for everybody, it’s always good to know that people are feeling very similar and going through similar things.”
21st Century Internships: How to Get a Job Before Graduation
250,000 downloads worldwide! Download your e-book here.
Click here to listen to a podcast with Mark Babbitt of YouTern who talks with David Shindler about their collaboration on the e-book.
It’s a no-nonsense look at the importance of internships to your early career; the development of soft skills that go well beyond what might have been learned in the classroom; and the impact of hands-on experience on your ability to become highly employable. Full of contemporary tips from the authors’ real world experience, this is a must-have book for higher education students, recent graduates, young professionals – and those career professionals and mentors who guide them.
Ryan P Richards ★★★★★
“I have prepared myself and have established a strong mindset on internship due to this book. It covers the most important information that interns need to go through the process smoothly.”
Kay Bastable ★★★★★
“This book is very informative and a great resource that can be used in the Placements Office and for students individually for their own Employability development. Some great hints and tips on all aspects of internships and employers’ requirements.”
10 Critical Attitudes for Exceptional Students
E-book co-written with Sam Herschberger of Undergradsuccess.
This book is a quick read, but it’s packed with solid information. We dive into each topic above, explaining why these really are the 10 Critical Attitudes for Exceptional Students. At the end of each chapter, we’ve left quick thoughts on applying your newly developed skills and mindsets to your job search.
They’ll serve you, the graduating senior, on your full-time job search when you graduate (and in the future). And they’ll also serve you, the current full-time student when looking for an internship.
You’ll learn to build a foundation of self-awareness, to be resilient in your journey, and to always be appreciative of the process.
The Joy of Mentoring
A free ebook on mentoring tips and modern practices. It will appeal to lifelong learners and employers interested in improving their understanding and enhancing their professionalism in mentoring. It is also for anyone keen to discover the joys of being mentored. As I can vouch, mentoring others and being mentored can be deeply satisfying and transformative experiences!
Click this link to get immediate access to the mentoring tips ebook. Refreshingly, you don’t even need to enter your email address!