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posted by Tessa Webb on Thursday, 30 October 2014

The NCUB has asked me to write another blog to help undergraduates get ready for the workplace.

The National Centre for Universities and Business has commissioned me to write about student employability.

Claire, the owner of Two Ducks (a lovely company selling beautiful British gifts) has inspired me to write this blog. On returning from the New Des


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essential book list


Mornement, Caroline Second Steps: A one-stop resource for all who are setting up a business in the applied arts (BCF Books, 2006)

The Design Trust Business Start-up Guide for Designers and Makers 2005 (compiled by The Design Trust, 2005. Available on line at to view online)

Butler, David Making Ways: the Visual Artists' Guide to Surviving and Thriving (AN Publications, an imprint of Artic Producers Publishing Co Ltd, 1987) ISBN 0 907730 04 3

Stanfield, Alison I'd rather be in the studio: the Artist's No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion (Colorado: Penta Press, 2008)

ISBN 978-0-9742725-8-0

Branahan, Alison The Essential Guide to Business for Artists and Designers (London: A & C Black, 2011) ISBN 978-1-4081-1903-7

Ruston, Annabelle The Artist's Guide to Selling Work (London: A & C Black, 2005) ISBN 9780713671599

Taylor, Karen The Internet for Artists: A Guide to Exhibiting and Selling your Work on the Web (Eyelevel Books, 2002)

ISBN 1902528158

Chapin, Karen The Handmade Marketplace: how to sell your crafts locally, globally, and online (Story Publishing, 2010)

ISBN 978 1 60342 477 6

Trade-off  published by Artists Newsletter, 2007. ISBN 0 907730 80 9 (

Duffin, Jenny Organising Your Own Exhibition: A Guide for Artists. A practical guide to all aspects of setting up and organising your own exhibition (London: ACME Housing Association, 1987). ISBN 0 950692 32 8

Hargreaves McIntyre, Morris Making it to Market: Developing the Market for Contemporary Craft (London: Published by The Arts Council). 0 7287 1166 4. Good for makers. Free Download from their website 

Taste Buds: how to cultivate the art market. The Executive Summary of this report is available in print: ISBN 0 7287 1053 6

Thornton, Sarah Seven Days in the Art World (London: Granta, 2008) ISBN 978 1 84708 037 0

Mornement, Caroline Craft Galleries Guide: a selection of applied arts from British Galleries 2010 (Yeovil: BCF Books, 2010)

ISBN 978 0 95500267 0

White, Elizabeth Craft and Art: the Business (Tadworth: Elliot Right Way) ISBN 0 7160 3008 X

Portfolio Careers

Hopson and Ledger And What do You Do? 10 steps to creating a portfolio career (London: A & C Black, 2009) ISBN 978-1-4081-1630-2

For Budding Entrepreneurs

Woods, Caspian From Acorns - how to build your brilliant business from scratch (Harlow: Pearson Education, 2004) ISBN 0 273 68805 7

Jones, Emma Spare Room Start Up: how to start a business from home (Petersfield: Harriman House 2008) ISBN 1 905641 68 0

General Business

Branagan, Alison Making Sense of Business: a no-nonsense guide to business skills for managers and entrepreneurs (London: Kogan Page, 2009) ISBN 978-0-7494-5486-9

Hingston, Peter The Greatest Little Business Book: The Essential Guide to Starting a Small Business (Auchterarder: Hingston, 1985) ISBN 0 906555 03 5

Smith, Paul Great Answers to Tough Marketing Questions (London: Kogan Page, 1999) ISBN 0 7494 4022 8

Finance and Accounts

Southon, West, King and Macklin Finance on a Beermat (London: Random House, 2006) ISBN 1 9052 1103 1

Learning Styles, Personal Skills and Personal Development

Keirsey and Bates, Please Understand Me: Character and Temperament Types (Gnosology Books,1984) ISBN 0 9606954 0 0

Buckingham ad Clifton, Now, Discover Your Strengths: how to develop your talents and those of the people you manage (London: Simon and Schuster, 2004). ISBN 978 1 4165 0265 4 and ISBN 1 4 165 0265 3

Bill George, Andrew Mclean and Nick Craig, Finding your True North: A Personal Guide (Wiley, 2008). ISBN 978 0 470 26136 1

Robinson, Ken The Element: How Finding your Passion Changes Everything (London: Penguin, 2009). ISBN 978 0 141 04525 2

Arden, Paul It's Not How Good You are, It's How Good You Want to Be (London: Phaidon, 2003). ISBN 0 7148 4337 7

Godin, Seth Linchpin: Are you Indispensable? How to Drive your career and create a remarkable future (London: Little Brown, 2010). ISBN 9 780749 953355

Writing a CV and applying for jobs

Yeung, Rob Job Hunting & Career Change all-in-one for Dummies (John Wiley, 2007) ISBN 978 0 470 51611 9

Houston, Kathleen Winning Interviews for First Time Job-hunters (Richmond: Trotman Publishing, 2008) ISBN 978 1 84455 162 0

Houston, Kathleen Winning CVs for First Time Job-hunters (Richmond: Trotman Publishing, 2004) ISBN 0856609714

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