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This book looks at how effective groupwork can be, how important it is to be a good team player and how this preparation at university will help you in your working life beyond university.

Why work in a group?

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"Great things in business are never done by one person; they're done by a team of people."
Steve Jobs, Chairman and CEO, Apple Inc. 2009

Group or team work is an important life skill that can help you get on at home, university and work. Through working with others you can learn new skills, draw on other people's talents, experiences and perspectives, and support others.
You can use group work to your advantage to achieve more than you would have done on your own. This is an approach taken by successful businesses that bring teams of people together and help the company thrive.

Watch Google employee Lisa talking about the importance of being part of a team:

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Many businesses would fail if people didn't work together as a team – as demonstrated by Formula 1 team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes when they asked the drivers to build a car without all their team members:

Just as Google and Vodafone McLaren Mercedes headquarters have spaces where teams can work together, so does Solent University. Find out from the library where your group can work on campus.