The Skills: From First Job to Dream Job - What Every Woman Needs to Know

The Skills: From First Job to Dream Job - What Every Woman Needs to Know

by Mishal Husain


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In The Skills, award-winning broadcaster Mishal Husain inspires, champions, and encourages women to make their ambitions a reality by focusing on practical skills that make a difference.

Gathering together advice for women of all ages, whether they are new graduates, working mothers, or simply seeking a career change, The Skills explains how to

  • present yourself to maximum effect, in person and online;
  • prepare for quick wins and big moments, and plan for long-term goals;
  • gain confidence and authority;
  • navigate the ups and downs of a long working life; and
  • develop strategies for building resilience.

Drawing on Mishal’s experience, interviews, and experts and inspirational figures such as Hillary Clinton and Malala Yousafzai, The Skills will guide women in honing the abilities they need to thrive in whatever field they choose.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062933355
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 806,073
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Mishal Husain is one of the presenters of BBC Radio 4’s influential Today program and the television news on BBC One. Born in the United Kingdom, she grew up in the Middle East and was later educated at Cambridge University, where she studied law. She also has a master’s degree in law from the European University Institute in Florence.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

My journey to this book

Overcoming doubt

Finding my courage

Where We Are 19

Representation of women

Understanding the gaps


Growing Up Female 45

How we talk about girls and women



Reclaiming ambition

The Skills

Planning 63

Longer working lives

Role models and inspiration

Five-year plans

Learning from those around you

Preparation 77


Critical thinking

Challenging your beliefs

Evaluations and judgements

Starting Out 95

Navigating the first years on the career ladder

Processes that build confidence

Breaks from work and re-establishing yourself afterwards

Speaking Up 115

Voice, clarity and emphasis

Public speaking

The written word

Standing Up 133

Body language

Occupying space

First impressions

The Digital You 149

Social media opportunities and pitfalls

Women in technology

Making the internet more representative


Keeping Sharp 169

Apprehension and anxiety

The importance of practice

Focusing on the immediate task

Owning It 185

Big moments and high-pressure scenarios

Appraisals and evaluations

Making a pitch

Rising Up 199

Developing authority

Mastering your brief

Demonstrating your knowledge

Resilience 215

Dealing with scrutiny and criticism

Knockbacks and failures

Learning but not losing your nerve

Balance 227

Managing the different elements of your life

Banishing guilt

Thinking long-term

Afterword 243

Acknowledgements 251

Notes 255

Image credits 277

Epigraph sources 279

Index 283

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