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Plan your Career

There are lots of jobs which you could do. Each of these positions may vary in terms of complexity, variety, potential types of colleagues, clients or management, potential work environment or sector... the only element, which remains constant, is you.

Below are:
(a) some questions to consider
(b) some guidance tools to aid your reflection


(a) Questions for your consideration

There are a number of areas you can focus on to enhance your self-knowledge, placing you in a strong position to make the best career choices for you. Consider:

  • What really motivates you in work - your beliefs & values are important here.
  • Your interests both from an academic and extra-curricular perspective, what type of career and work culture might suit you best, and where your strengths lie in terms of skillset.
  • Your emotional intelligence, this refers to how you manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. Reflecting on how emotionally intelligent you are, in combination with the other factors above, may also help you to choose certain careers or work settings.
  • A four-stage cyclical career planning process will can assist you in making career decisions throughout your time in College and afterwards:  Know Yourself, Explore Opportunities, Make Choices and Take Action. 

The following questions at each stage may help with this process:


Know Yourself

  • What do you want from your career?
  • What do you offer in skills, abilities and knowledge?
  • What am I interested in? What am I passionate about?
  • How would I describe myself? How might others describe me?
  • Am I open to new ideas and experiences? How curious am I?
  • How good am I at monitoring my own emotions and those of others?


Explore Opportunities

  • What jobs and employers are out there?
  • What sectors are hiring at the moment?
  • What aspects of my work experiences to-date have I enjoyed/not enjoyed? Why?
  • Who do I know in the working world who can help me?
  • Do I need a postgraduate qualification to get into this field?
  • What impact / contribution did I make in each of my experiences?


Make Choices

  • How do I tend to make important decisions?
  • Which career options are a priority for me? Why?
  • Do I have a contingency plan?
  • Who or what got me interested in this area?
  • What are the practical considerations that apply to me? e.g. budget, time, energy, location etc.


Take Action

  • Is my CV & LinkedIn profile well-tailored to my sector of interest?
  • When is the next drop-in CV Clinic?
  • Do I need to book a practice interview?
  • Which careers workshops will help me most?


(b) Guidance tools to aid your reflection

There are a number of ways that you can progress through this process. Choose your year below to identify the 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.
  • Skills Development - The development of transferable skills is important for students to succeed in the graduate labour market. Initially, to help you articulate what you have to offer and then to evidence to employers that you have what they seek in your CV and at interview. As your work life evolves continuous development of a range of skills will ensure you optimise your potential. The process of Plan-Do-Review will help you to identify, develop, articulate and transfer your key skills from one situation to another improving your employability
    • Complete a Skills Audit &, if you wish, an Action Plan to continue to consciously develop your skills
    • Develop Evidence that you have each skill critical for confidence building as well as in your CV and interview.
  • 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.
  • Skills Development - The development of transferable skills is important for students to succeed in the graduate labour market. Initially, to help you articulate what you have to offer and then to evidence to employers that you have what they seek in your CV and at interview. As your work life evolves continuous development of a range of skills will ensure you optimise your potential. The process of Plan-Do-Review will help you to identify, develop, articulate and transfer your key skills from one situation to another improving your employability
    • Complete a Skills Audit &, if you wish, an Action Plan to continue to consciously develop your skills
    • Develop Evidence that you have each skill critical for confidence building as well as in your CV and interview.
  • 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.
  • Skills Development - The development of transferable skills is important for students to succeed in the graduate labour market. Initially, to help you articulate what you have to offer and then to evidence to employers that you have what they seek in your CV and at interview. As your work life evolves continuous development of a range of skills will ensure you optimise your potential. The process of Plan-Do-Review will help you to identify, develop, articulate and transfer your key skills from one situation to another improving your employability
    • Complete a Skills Audit &, if you wish, an Action Plan to continue to consciously develop your skills
    • Develop Evidence that you have each skill critical for confidence building as well as in your CV and interview.
  • 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".

     

 

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