Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Brian Howard from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

Brian Howard

Guidance Counsellor

Department of Education and Skills

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Brian Howard

This career involves working with people in a caring capacity. If you have no interest in helping people personally or educationally then this may be the wrong profession for you.

Empathy, patience and respect are important qualities for this job, in addition to be able to relate well to the person you are dealing with. As there is also a large amount of information to be handled in the job, good organisational, IT and time management skills are also quite important.

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Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Preparing a Job Search

Finding a job, or deciding on a job, can be one of the major milestones along a person's career path. Most people can safely assume that in today's world of work, they will have to look for a job several times in their working life, as the modern workplace changes according to local and global economic changes.

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Finding a job that pays well can be difficult and challenging. Finding one that also matches your interests is a further challenge. An organisation that operates in a way that you are comfortable with, and co-workers that you enjoy being with is yet another challenge.

In the changing world of work, many employers are committed to making their workplaces and businesses inclusive environments, where everybody is treated with dignity and respect and policies are in place regarding issues such as equality, human rights, dignity at work, and fair recruitment. For example, The Diversity Champions Graduate Guide is a directory of inclusive employers for graduates, students and job-seekers who want to choose LGBT inclusive workplaces.

The Diversity Champions Recruitment Guide is Ireland’s directory of inclusive employers for graduates, students and job-seekers who want to choose LGBT inclusive workplaces.

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Like just about anything, if you want a good result (a job offer) you are more likely to achieve it by planning carefully and making the most of the resources available to you. If you are still employed, you will have the advantage of your current income to keep yourself going, but how you manage your time effectively is more challenging. If you are unemployed, you have more time on your hands, but how you manage your finances to keep yourself going is more challenging. In both cases getting organised for the task is a central part of the whole process.

Once you get yourself organised you will want to decide what exactly you should be looking for. To make the process more manageable, it would be wise to become as clear as possible about what your requirements actually are. For example you will have to consider things like what locations are you willing to travel to, what sectors would suit you best and so on. You need to do some career research to clarify your mind and set up realistic goals.

Once you are clear about what you are looking for you can start to research available positions. There are many places to find jobs, and you owe it to yourself to be aware of the different sources of information in the current marketplace. We provide a guide to where to find vacancies here.

Once you see a vacancy for a job you are interested in you can make an application for the position. Chances are you are not the only one, so you have to compete for the position. As with all competitions, some preparation is necessary to give yourself a healthy chance of winning.

To make a job application you will need to prepare a letter indicating your interest in the position (known as the Cover Letter) and create or modify a copy of your CV for the position.

Your CV is a very important document. It is a summary of your personal details, educational qualifications and work experience. It should also include your key skills and other relevant information together with the names of 2 people who will provide a reference for you.

These two documents, your CV and cover letter, are critical to your success in catching the attention of a possible employer. There is a whole industry built up around how these two small documents should be written, and it is wise to familiarise yourself with some of the advice and pitfalls that can be found. We provide some useful links below to get you started.



Useful Links
The Ultimate Guide to Building a CV 
Extensive guide to CV preparation with sample CVs and loads of advice.
Effective Interview Skills 
Comprehensive information covering all aspects of interview preparation. Link is to downloadable eBook courtesy Brian Cahill.
Job Test Prep 
JobTestPrep offers tailored psychometric practice packs, developed by assessment experts. Get immediate access to all the crucial elements of psychometric testing: Aptitude tests, personality tests, situational judgement tests, assessment centre exercises
CareerGym 
Career Gym, offering free and premium psychometric tests, aptitude exams, e-books and weekly tips.
Kompass Directory 
Company contact details for many Irish and International businesses. Full list available only to subscribers, limited list available in free access area.

 

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