Teach Yourself: (Get a better job)

As part of the Teach Yourself collection, this edition is a practical, perceptive book which is filled with self-checked questions, exercises and case studies to guide the reader through the aspects of the job market.

Notes from this book:

  • Daily, the numbers of people who realize that there is no such thing as a permanent, secure job swell. Whilst governments may talk of creating more opportunities for employment (and indeed have created some), there is no suggestion these days that full time permanent employment for everyone will return. Indeed, ministers know that to do so would be unrealistic, insincere and unworkable as it would fly in the face of everything happening not just nationally but globally. (Ashley, R 2010:7)
  • The concept of transferable skills has become increasingly valued by employers as well as the qualifications, training and experience you can offer. Such a concept is still relatively new in many educational sectors- for example in both schools and universities-but it is something well-established in further education courses and more vocationcally related higher education courses. For example, medical and nursing students will spend some of their course learning about 'bedside manner', breaking bad news or dealing with grief-stricken relatives, engineering students will focus on the 'professional skills' needed to become competent, communicative engineers and trainee lawyers will study how best to present a case eloquently to make maximum impact from a set of given facts.
  • However, many young people in schools and colleges now follow courses in Key Skills. According to the examination regulatory bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, these key skills are:
  • communication-(more focused than English)
  • application of number (practical application rather than theoretical mathematics)
  • IT

(Ashley R 2010:73)


Ashely, R, Teach Yourself:Get a better job (2010) Macmillan company

JasonHerahMDX 20:43, February 18, 2011 (UTC)