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.
The first career decision that I really made (apart of course from actually choosing to enter into engineering) was in college. I began my college career as a Mechanical engineering student. After 2nd year the course split into Mechanical engineering and Manufacturing engineering.
I picked Manufacturing engineering. I then entered a "competition" with a organisation called Minerva. From this I was lucky enough to get awarded a position of work experience for a summer with IBM.
Finally I spent two summers with IBM on work experience which cemented my interest in the whole industry.
When I finished college I had secured a job with a medical device manufacturing company. I got started there and was quickly introduced to the difference of working in a company so tightly controlled and guided by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). I found that I preferred to work somewhere which could be more innovative on a daily basis. Somewhere that I could effect change quickly in my own role and see the result.
Eventually a job opened up in IBM which I applied for. I was offered the position and took it. This was to date the biggest decision regarding the route my career would take.
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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.