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Essential Study and Employment Skills for Business and Management Students

Fourth Edition

Kevin Gallagher

31 March 2022

ISBN: 9780198809883

368 pages

In Stock

Price: £29.99

Succinctly blends practical know-how with a sound theoretical base to empower business and management students to be successful throughout their time at university and beyond.



Essential Study and Employment Skills for Business and Management Students is the only skills companion text for business and management students to blend practical, hands-on advice with a sound theoretical underpinning to enhance your success throughout university and beyond.

  • Highly accessible, hands-on, and user-friendly, with the theoretical rigour required to help students make the transition from school to university quickly and effectively.
  • Features a multitude of individual and group activities which follow on from examples in the text to further support students to apply their understanding in practical ways.
  • Focuses upon the process of becoming a graduate as well as developing skill sets, to help students look forward and prepare for entering the job market.
  • Links study skills with the development and enhancement of emotional intelligence, leading students to more well-rounded, personal development.
  • The book's reflective approach nurtures confidence and promotes independent learning.

New to this edition

  • A new chapter on wellbeing supports the development of mental and physical resilience, helping students to better manage the stresses and strains faced at university and in the world of work.
  • 12 new practitioner viewpoints give students exciting insights into the relevance and practice of skills in the professional world.
  • In response to the changing world of work, the final chapter on Career Preparations has been significantly updated to include a new section on 'living in a world of uncertainty', and a student viewpoint on placements and menteeships.
  • A new framework on 'Becoming an Employable Graduate' focuses further on how students may flourish as individuals in both personal and professional terms, en route to becoming graduates.
  • Coverage of a range of key skills, including critical thinking, best academic writing practices, creativity, listening, and presenting, has been increased, providing students with even more comprehensive guidance of these topics.
  • An e-book with linked digital resources including multiple-choice questions and worksheets offer a more engaging learning experience.

About the Author(s)

Kevin Gallagher

Dr Kevin Gallagher is an Associate Lecturer at the Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University.

Table of Contents

    Introduction: Setting the scene: study, workplace, and development skills
    1:Developing skills for business and management students
    2:Understanding how you learn
    3:Time management and personal development planning
    4:Communication principles
    5:Teamwork skills
    6:Reading and searching for information
    7:Developing a critical approach
    8:Writing essentials: preparation, layout and structure
    9:Presentation skills
    10:Measurement and management - quantitative data and its presentation
    12:Wellbeing: looking after yourself and others
    13:Career preparations


"This is a practical skills text with a sound theoretical base and activities to unleash students' potential as they face the challenges of the world." - Dr Eric CCK Chan, Regent's University London

"Essential Study and Employment Skills for Business and Management Students is extremely clear, well considered, and covers a very good range and variety of key skills areas, with a very friendly approach." - Joel Arnott, University of Sunderland

"This is a very useful, practical textbook which covers a variety of relevant concepts and skills. It delivers theoretical overviews alongside the opportunity to engage through practical activities." - Dr Epaminondas Koronis, University of Westminster