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Career and personal development

Find guides and other resources on careers, job hunting, professional development and personal skills to help you at work.

Managing your career

Plan the next step, move back into the workplace or transition into a portfolio career.

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Back to the workplace

Resources to help you with CV writing, interviews, assessment centres, networking and returning to work after a career break.

Career strategy and goal setting

Plan your career strategy and set goals for your career and personal development with our selection of books, articles and quick links to useful resources.

How to manage your career in a downturn

If the country you are based in is going through a downturn, a range of resources are available from the Library & Information Service to help you re-assess your future plans and recession-proof your career.

Learning and professional development

Learning and continuing professional development (CPD) are key in a rapidly changing business landscape. On this page you can access online resources providing quick links to information on accounting, tax and finance education, training courses and tuition providers as well as a range of articles and books on the topic.

Manage your portfolio career

An increasing number of people build their careers by combining several paid activities at the same time. This offers the opportunity to carry out different kinds of work, use a variety of skills or combine paid and voluntary work. A portfolio career can also give you the flexibility you need to balance work and family responsibilities. Use our guides, books, articles and links to find out more about portfolio careers as a career option.

Job-hunting

Resources to help you hone your CV, tackle interviews and tests and find a new job.

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CVs and interview skills

If you're looking for a new job, or need to brush up your interview skills, the Library has a range of books, articles and guides to help you be a success.

How to get a job during a downturn

If you are looking for a new job and the country you are based in is going through an economic downturn, the Library & Information Service has a range of resources to help.

Psychometric testing

Books and articles on psychometric testing, personality testing, aptitude tests and assessment centres for both candidates and hiring managers.

International assignments and working overseas

Guides and practical information to help you prepare for working and living abroad.

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International assignments

With businesses increasingly operating globally and rising activity in emerging markets, companies are sending more staff on international assignments and employees are more mobile than ever. On this page you can find a collection of books, articles and guides to help if you're thinking of working abroad.

Salary surveys

Benchmark pay and benefits for accounting professionals, directors and executives.

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Salary surveys

Surveys and reports on remuneration and pay across firms can help you benchmark salaries and benefits in the financial sector for accounting professionals, directors and executives. On this page you can access a range of articles, books and online resources providing quick links to surveys, rankings and reports.

Leadership

Develop your skills as a leader and learn about coaching, mentoring and leadership styles.

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Coaching and mentoring

Do you want to develop your personal coaching and mentoring skills? Or find a mentor to help move your career forward? Use our books, guides and helpful links to identify best practice and discover new techniques and approaches.

Leadership

Books, articles, guides and links on leadership, developing your skills as a leader and leadership styles

Communication

Improve your presentation, writing, negotiating and networking techniques.

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Communication and presentation skills

A range of books, articles and guides to help you successfully develop your communication and presentation skills.

Negotiation skills

Need to negotiate with clients, colleagues or business contacts? Here's a range of books, articles and guides to help you successfully develop your negotiating skills.

Networking

Use our guides, books, articles and links on personal impact, business etiquette and interpersonal skills to help you make a good impression and improve your networking skills.

Management skills

Get the best from your teams and learn how to chair and participate in better meetings.

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Managing teams

A collection of books, articles and guides to help managers get the best from their teams – whether they're experienced leaders or first-time managers.

Managing meetings

Find out how to run better meetings, how to chair meetings, take minutes and participate more effectively with our selection of books, articles and online resources.

Work-life balance

Trying a career break or flexible working? Find guides to help balance your life and work.

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Career breaks

A collection of books and articles to help if you're considering a career break.

Work-life balance

Practical guides, articles and books on how to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Flexible working

Guides, links, articles and books on flexible working

Stress management

Books, articles and guides on stress management and preventing stress in the workplace.

Time management

Find out more about time management and productivity with our selection of articles, books and online resources. Identify best practice, techniques and tools to apply to your work and business.

Diversity

Find resources on boardroom diversity and women in business and finance.

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Boardroom diversity

Research suggests that companies with more diverse boards perform better and take fewer risks. Find latest research, reports, articles and guides on legal and regulatory initiatives in the UK and around the world to increase representation and diversity on corporate boards.

Women in business

A collection of books, articles and guides on topics of interest to women working in business and accountancy.

Retirement

Key issues for retirees, from finances to portfolio careers to succession planning.

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Portfolio careers in retirement

You may want to consider other options than full retirement when you give up your current job. This could include anything from setting up your own business to volunteering at home or overseas. This page contains articles and links to help you explore the options open to you as a trained accountant, whose professional skills and experience will continue to be in demand.

Flexible options for retirement

Approaching your retirement, there are a number of options for you to consider if you don't want to retire from working life completely. This page provides you with a selection of books, articles and links to help you explore and evaluate your options.

Retiring business owners

If you're now considering retirement you will also be considering what happens to your business when you retire. Whether you are passing on a family owned business, or thinking about selling your business to boost your retirement income, the Library's succession planning resources will help you to choose the best option for you and your business.

Health and wellbeing in retirement

Retirement means not only grappling with changes to your finances, but also thinking about the impact your retirement will have on your family life and your mental and physical wellbeing. This page provides information on how to cope with these changes and ensure you have a healthy and fulfilling retirement.

eBooks

Browse our selection of eBooks on careers, professional development and personal skills.

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A-Z

An A-Z listing of all our resources on career and personal development.

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Career and personal development A-Z

An A-Z listing of all our topics covering careers, job hunting, professional development and personal skills to help you at work.