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Change Your Career


Changing your Job - Why do it?

  • You feel you've gained enough experience here and want to broaden it with another employer.
  • The job doesn't suit you, or the prospects for promotion are poor.

NB: Changing job is normal, especially in the early years of work (three changes before thirty, they say). But not changing for changes sake - you need sound reasons - like wanting to broaden your experience, earn better money or gain promotion - not to escape from what has turned out to be less to your liking after a short time particularly.

Before you go you should assess the experience you've gained from the job and establish how far it goes to matching the knowledge and expertise in the next job you want.

If there is a gap, what can you do here-and-now to address it?

Maybe staying a little longer and seeking the necessary knowledge / skill by way of in-house training / additional experience might help.

Research the 'wider' employment market and what is happening out there.

Understand the implications of e.g. outsourcing, globalisation, movement from hierarchical to flatter structures and recognise realities like the existence of fewer traditional graduate jobs, the rise in importance of employment in SMEs and generally the ongoing need to be open to change.

  • Postgraduate Study
  • Time Out
  • Working Abroad
  • Becoming Self-employed

are all options you might care to look at at this stage.

Develop your own career action plan by reviewing your own skills, knowledge, constraints, values and putting it together with the entry requirements and skills required in the new career area sought.

If you have satisfied yourself that the right match exists between you and the career area, you can start to develop an action plan detailing the actions you need to take in order to enter that career.

More information at


Career Change? - Thinking about changing career direction altogether.

  • Have you tested out the idea, gained relevant work experience, met people in the area? Have you already gained skills and work experience that can help you transfer?
  • Is there support - financial and personal - available to you if the change entails a return to study?
  • How easily can you integrate into an organisation as a new trainee staff member?

Consider your Career Needs

More responsibility, scope to use your specialist skills, travel, work-life balance, work conditions are all factors you need to consider, including the extent to which they are presenting as 'push' or 'pull' factors in your decision-making.

Importantly, you need to review your skills portfolio. A typical checklist for you to review yourself includes:

  • Making presentations
  • Handling budgets
  • Interpersonal skills

Improve / gain what you require through in-house training, short courses or distance learning.

Research the skills you need for career change from job advertisements, professional bodies and company literature.

More details in Resources including

First Destinations of Graduates Survey 2013Career Networkgradireland Careers Report



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The Careers Service always listened to the views of students and were always very friendly. The individual advice as well as the CV and job search workshops were very helpful.

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