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Plan your Career - SODA

SODA - It's more than just a long cool drink! It's how to discover your mission in life.

SODA is a four stage career planning process to assist you in making career decisions through College and the rest of your life. It is a cyclical process so you may enter at any one of the four stages:

 
Stage
   
SODA - Self
1.
S
SELF - Knowing Yourself
Assess your interests, strengths, values and skills. Knowing yourself is the key to a happy career and sound decisions.
SODA - Opportunities
2.
O
OPPORTUNITIES - Knowing your Opportunities
Assess your options from different angles; options that lead from your degree, that suit you, and that the labour market presents.
SODA - Decision
3.
D
DECISION - Making Decisions
Informed by discussions with friends, family, professionals, graduates, academics, and a careers adviser you reach your decisions on the best goal for you, be it work, study or timeout.
SODA - Action
4.
A
ACTION - Taking Action
The time comes to make your goal a reality. Complete the necessary application forms and CVs and get to interview stage to get the job or study you aim for.

There are a number of ways that you can progress through this process. Choose your year below to identify the SODA Tools that best suit you.

PROSPECTIVE STUDENT:

  • CareersPortal
    • For people considering changing their course of study, or indeed, choosing a course for the first time.
    • Suggests careers that match your interests.
    • Database of generic job descriptions (including many video case studies), the current state of the labour market and how to get into the area.
  • gradireland Careers Report
    • Includes self-assessment/self evaluation tools which will help you to find the graduate jobs to which you are well suited and you can make an action plan to build on your skills and strengths.
    • It also includes Personal Potential tests: these tests are optional and don’t feed into the job suggestions in your Careers Report, but are an excellent way to practice ability and aptitude tests similar to those used by employers. You can complete the tests as many times as you wish: your most recent result will always be shown.
  • Qualifax
    • For people considering changing their course of study, or indeed, choosing a course for the first time.
    • As the National Learner's database for Ireland it provides the most comprehensive information on further and higher education and training courses.
    • Calendar of career events, info on grants.

     

JUNIOR FRESH:

  • "Profiling for Success " Personal Assessment Programme (Only available to TCD students and graduates)
    • Identify your learning style and more.
  • gradireland Careers Report
    • Includes self-assessment/self evaluation tools which will help you to find the graduate jobs to which you are well suited and you can make an action plan to build on your skills and strengths.
    • It also includes Personal Potential tests: these tests are optional and don’t feed into the job suggestions in your Careers Report, but are an excellent way to practice ability and aptitude tests similar to those used by employers. You can complete the tests as many times as you wish: your most recent result will always be shown.
  • CareersPortal
    • For people considering changing their course of study.
    • Suggests careers that match your interests.
    • Database of generic job descriptions (including many video case studies), the current state of the labour market & how to get into the area.
  • Qualifax
    • For people considering changing their course of study.
    • As the National Learner's database for Ireland it provides the most comprehensive information on further and higher education and training courses.
    • Calendar of career events, info on grants.

     

SENIOR FRESH:

  • Destinations® (Only available to TCD students and graduates)
    • An online sequence of activities and exercises that lead Senior Fresh to Postgraduate students through the self-assessment and career planning process.
  • "Profiling for Success " Personal Assessment Programme (Only available to TCD students and graduates)
    • Identify your learning style as well as values, personality preference and aptitude in reasoning tests.
  • gradireland Careers Report
    • Includes self-assessment/self evaluation tools which will help you to find the graduate jobs to which you are well suited and you can make an action plan to build on your skills and strengths.
    • It also includes Personal Potential tests: these tests are optional and don’t feed into the job suggestions in your Careers Report, but are an excellent way to practice ability and aptitude tests similar to those used by employers. You can complete the tests as many times as you wish: your most recent result will always be shown.
  • Prospects Planner (Guide to Prospects Planner available)
    • Identify what jobs suit you based on your skills, motivations and desires and access UK vacancies.
    • Identify what you want out of a job; generate new job ideas and check out your existing ones.
    • Find out what motivates you in a job; identify your skills and what you can offer to the job/employer.
    • See how these match the jobs you are considering.
    • Research your chosen jobs in more detail, compare your options and decide on the right choices for you.
    • Access the latest graduate jobs or training opportunities in your chosen occupations and apply online.

     

JUNIOR SOPH:

  • Destinations® (Only available to TCD students and graduates)
    • An online sequence of activities and exercises that lead Senior Fresh to Postgraduate students through the self-assessment and career planning process.
  • gradireland Careers Report
    • Includes self-assessment/self evaluation tools which will help you to find the graduate jobs to which you are well suited and you can make an action plan to build on your skills and strengths.
    • It also includes Personal Potential tests: these tests are optional and don’t feed into the job suggestions in your Careers Report, but are an excellent way to practice ability and aptitude tests similar to those used by employers. You can complete the tests as many times as you wish: your most recent result will always be shown.
  • Prospects Planner (Guide to Prospects Planner available)
    • Identify what jobs suit you based on your skills, motivations and desires and access UK vacancies.
    • Identify what you want out of a job; generate new job ideas and check out your existing ones.
    • Find out what motivates you in a job; identify your skills and what you can offer to the job/employer.
    • See how these match the jobs you are considering.
    • Research your chosen jobs in more detail, compare your options and decide on the right choices for you.
    • Access the latest graduate jobs or training opportunities in your chosen occupations and apply online.
  • "Profiling for Success" Personal Assessment Programme (Only available to TCD students and graduates)
    • Identify your learning style as well as values, personality preference and aptitude in reasoning tests.
  • Personal & Career Development Record
    • Customised workbook for TCD students in 10 or so disciplines. Assists you in the career planning process.
  • Gradireland.com
    • Irish graduate website with advice and information .
  • Prospects.ac.uk
    • UK graduate website with lots of useful advice on choosing a career.
  • Target Jobs
    • UK website with graduate career advice and jobs.

     

SENIOR SOPH:

  • Destinations® (Only available to TCD students and graduates)
    • An online sequence of activities and exercises that lead Senior Fresh to Postgraduate students through the self-assessment and career planning process.
  • gradireland Careers Report
    • Includes self-assessment/self evaluation tools which will help you to find the graduate jobs to which you are well suited and you can make an action plan to build on your skills and strengths.
    • It also includes Personal Potential tests: these tests are optional and don’t feed into the job suggestions in your Careers Report, but are an excellent way to practice ability and aptitude tests similar to those used by employers. You can complete the tests as many times as you wish: your most recent result will always be shown.
  • Prospects Planner (Guide to Prospects Planner available)
    • Identify what jobs suit you based on your skills, motivations and desires and access UK vacancies.
    • Identify what you want out of a job; generate new job ideas and check out your existing ones.
    • Find out what motivates you in a job; identify your skills and what you can offer to the job/employer.
    • See how these match the jobs you are considering.
    • Research your chosen jobs in more detail, compare your options and decide on the right choices for you.
    • Access the latest graduate jobs or training opportunities in your chosen occupations and apply online.
  • "Profiling for Success" Personal Assessment Programme (Only available to TCD students and graduates)
    • Identify your learning style, as well as values, personality preference and aptitude in reasoning tests.
    • It is only accessible by TCD students.
  • Gradireland.com
    • Irish graduate website with advice and information .
  • Prospects.ac.uk
    • UK graduate website with lots of useful advice on choosing a career.
  • Target Jobs
    • UK website with graduate career advice and jobs.
  • What Colour is your Parachute?
    • Website based on the US book "What Color is your Parachute?", particularly useful for mature students and people making a career change.
  • Windmills Programme
    • Manage your career using the Windmills Programme, especially useful are the "Career Fitness Check" and "Seven Tactics for Success".

     

POSTGRAD:

  • Destinations® (Only available to TCD students and graduates)
    • An online sequence of activities and exercises that lead Senior Fresh to Postgraduate students through the self-assessment and career planning process.
  • gradireland Careers Report
    • Includes self-assessment/self evaluation tools which will help you to find the graduate jobs to which you are well suited and you can make an action plan to build on your skills and strengths.
    • It also includes Personal Potential tests: these tests are optional and don’t feed into the job suggestions in your Careers Report, but are an excellent way to practice ability and aptitude tests similar to those used by employers. You can complete the tests as many times as you wish: your most recent result will always be shown.
  • Prospects Planner (Guide to Prospects Planner available)
    • Identify what jobs suit you based on your skills, motivations and desires and access UK vacancies.
    • Identify what you want out of a job; generate new job ideas and check out your existing ones.
    • Find out what motivates you in a job; identify your skills and what you can offer to the job/employer.
    • See how these match the jobs you are considering.
    • Research your chosen jobs in more detail, compare your options and decide on the right choices for you.
    • Access the latest graduate jobs or training opportunities in your chosen occupations and apply online.
  • "Profiling for Success " Personal Assessment Programme (Only available to TCD students and graduates)
    • Identify your learning style as well as values, personality preference and aptitude in reasoning tests.
  • Gradireland.com
    • Irish graduate website with advice and information.
  • Prospects.ac.uk
    • UK graduate website with lots of useful advice on choosing a career.
  • Target Jobs
    • UK website with graduate career advice and jobs.
  • University Researchers and the Job Market (AGCAS)
    • Booklet for researchers on fixed term contracts who work in a university environment, who intend to stay there or planning a change.
  • What Colour is your Parachute?
    • Website based on the US book "What Color is your Parachute?", particularly useful for mature students and people making a career change.
  • Windmills Programme
    • Manage your career using the Windmills Programme, especially useful are the "Career Fitness Check" and "Seven Tactics for Success".

     

GRADUATES:

  • gradireland Careers Report
    • Includes self-assessment/self evaluation tools which will help you to find the graduate jobs to which you are well suited and you can make an action plan to build on your skills and strengths.
    • It also includes Personal Potential tests: these tests are optional and don’t feed into the job suggestions in your Careers Report, but are an excellent way to practice ability and aptitude tests similar to those used by employers. You can complete the tests as many times as you wish: your most recent result will always be shown.
  • "Profiling for Success " Personal Assessment Programme (Graduate) (Only available to TCD students and graduates)
    • Accessible by TCD graduates of up to 3 years who must come to the Careers Service, 7-9 South Leinster St for access.
    • Identify your learning style as well as values, personality preference and aptitude in reasoning tests.
  • Destinations® (Only available to TCD students and graduates)
    • An online sequence of activities and exercises that lead Senior Fresh to Postgraduate students through the self-assessment and career planning process.
    • Accessible by TCD graduates of up to 3 years who must come to the Careers Service, 7-9 South Leinster St for access.
  • Careers4graduates
    • Irish site developed by TCD in collaboration with UU, DIT & UL to assist graduates plan their careers.
  • Windmills Programme
    • Manage your career using the Windmills Programme, especially useful are the "Career Fitness Check" and "Seven Tactics for Success".
  • Gradireland.com
    • Irish graduate website with advice and information.
  • What Colour is your Parachute?
    • Website based on the US book "What Color is your Parachute?", particularly useful for mature students and people making a career change.

 

Tweets

Just wanted to say thanks for your help yesterday. The meeting was very helpful and really made me assess what's important to me in a career. I feel much more comfortable now about where I want to go and what I want to do, so thanks for your help.

Graduate 2009
Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
Last Updated: 09-Apr-2014