CareersPortal contains a range of resources designed to assist you to make sound, informed decisions about your career. From this site you can complete self-assessment exercises, create a career plan, develop a job search strategy, research employers, explore occupations, keep up to date with our labour market trends, discover training opportunities and watch and read career interviews of people from all walks of life in Ireland.
What's your Career?
We understand a career as a journey, not a destination. You are already on this journey, and have made decisions that have lead you to where you now are.
At various times along our career journey we reach a crossroad. We must choose (or have the opportunity to choose) which direction to move. These times can be exciting, challenging, stressful or frightning depending on circumstances and our readiness to face change.
There are many factors to consider when the time for a change arrives.
Negative Internal factors - such as job dissatisfaction, job apathy or health issues all require you to take stock of who you are and what you want from your life.
Positive Internal factors - such as a passion to follow your dreams, ambition or simply the urge to do what you love to do, requires you to seek out ways to create the realities you desire in the world of work, and overcome whatever leglislative and practical challenges you might be faced with.
Negative External factors - such as job loss, redundancy or change of location requires you to establish a workable financial budget to sustain you until the next opportunity arises, and the skills of planning and managing a job search so that you get that opportunity as soon as possible.
Positive External factors - such as when a new position becomes available, or a promotion, or an attractive redundancy package, requires you to evaluate such opportunities in the context of your short and long term life goals, your values and your life/work balance.
Personal Career Choices
The choices you make are personal, based on your particular circumstances and the opportunities that you are aware of. Each person has a unique journey, and we present here the stories of many people in Ireland who have taken the time to share the decisions they have taken along their career journey. In these stories you will recognise circumstances similar to yours and we hope they will provide an insight into both the occupations they work at and the personal decisions and milestones that marked their journey.
I graduated from college with a diploma in Finance, and really didn't know what I was going to do with that, or where it would take me.
My first job after college was in a retail branch, gaining experience in personal and business banking along with loans, mortgages, foreign exchange and investments. After working there for a year, I resigned to go traveling.
When I arrived in Ireland I made some friends who worked in Finance, it was a huge industry with plenty of opportunity and they encouraged me to apply for a job as an Administrator.
I have been working with funds, within a Transfer Agency Department for 5 years now, and with 3 different Company's. The first company I was with gave me invaluable experience and knowledge which I have brought to each new role. It was that job that introduced me to the funds industry, and gave me exposure to other companies and roles I could pursue.
I left that company after a year, in favor of an Irish company, which I had heard of through a recruitment agency, and who had a reputation as a good employer. I think a good company and good colleagues are very important, we spend so much of our time in work, and I would not stay in a job where I dreaded going in every morning.
This was a good company but as a result of a merger and the business changing, they experienced a big turnover in staff, and employees did not feel valued. I also left the company then because I would not have been able to progress. I had colleagues who had worked with the company for 4+ years and had never been promoted.
I wanted to find another company where hard work was recognised and where I saw opportunity to advance. I contacted a recruiter and went on two interviews. Both company's made similar offers, and I accepted the offer from the smaller company who had a reputation as a brilliant employer.
Choosing the smaller company was instrumental in my progression. I was able to learn and change roles and take on additional responsibility in a very short space of time. By working in a company where there were only 100 people, everyone in the office was aware of each other, and hard work was appreciated and recognised.
It was this recognition and encouragement by colleagues and management that has enabled me to succeed and achieve my current role with BNY Mellon.
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How to use this Site
The resources in this site are divided into sections. Use the links in the upper left for information and resources aimed at people at particular phases of their career journey. The remainder of the resources can be found within the three main sections of the site - Career Planning, Work & Employment and Education & Training.