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 Gareth Burke from Bank of Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Gareth Burke

Management Associate

Bank of Ireland

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  Gareth Burke

When I started the Grad Programme one thing I noticed was that everyone seemed to come from different colleges and different types of courses.

 

The differences were pretty distinct, from IT to Finance to Psychology! So there's no particular educational background that makes a good Grad - it's more about the person.

 

Obviously if you've covered areas like Project Management in college it'll come in useful if you get a placement on a project. However, when I look at myself I'm now in Real Estate Finance, an area where I've no background or education and I'm having a great time!

 

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Guide to Self-Assessment

Self assessment is the process of gathering information about yourself in order to help you make decisions based on a good self-understanding. It is the first step of the Career Planning process and is often conducted with the help of a Career Guidance professional.

Career self assessment is designed to assess those attributes of a person that matter for a successful and fulfilling career. There are many such attributes, and so there are many self assessment tools. Many of these tools are available online. Some are free, others require payment before you can receive the results of the test. In all cases, tests are best used to assist you in gaining clarity about yourself. They are starting points only, as several tests are needed to build a picture big enough to represent you well.

Click on the menu items for this section [left] to explore some of the self assessment tools available online.

Tip!

Signup with CareersPortal to create your own personal Career File. You can then store the results of any assessments you complete on other websites into your CareerFile using the Career Pad App. Simply paste in the results. This way you can keep a handy record of your work.


Paper Based Assessments

You can download a number of self assessments from the links below.

Skills:
Use the exercise on this downloadable worksheet to discover the most sought after skills needed to get jobs in the modern workplace. By rating yourself on these skills, you can see where your strengths and weaknesses may lie. Then, you can look for opportunities to develop and practice your underdeveloped skills.

Download:
Worksheet - Career Skills Self-Assessment
[pdf - 540Kb, 4 pages]
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Career Interests
Use the exercise on this downloadable worksheet to identify where your interests lie. This exercise takes no more than 10 min to complete and can help identify what career interest groups you are most interested in.

Download:
Worksheet - Career Interests Self-Assessment
[pdf - 97Kb, 1 page]
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Values
This brief exercise helps to clarify your values according to six commonly used categories.
Download:
Worksheet - Values Self-Assessment
[pdf - 145Kb, 2 pages]
Download Self-Assement Worksheet