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 Stephen Landers from Bank of Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


Stephen Landers

Internal Auditor

Bank of Ireland

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  Stephen Landers
Having an interest in banking is key to succeeding in any role at the Bank of Ireland. In addition, critical thinking skills and the ability to be comfortable with finance and numbers would stand to you greatly.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Your research will be guided by choices you make about what kind of job you want. Assuming you have a rough idea as to what you want (if not, go to the section on Career Planning) you will need to identify:

1. The locations you are willing to consider
  • How far are you willing to travel to work? Get out a map and decide how far you will 'cast your net'. You may have to revise this over time if you are not finding any opportunities.
  • How will you commute? If by car you may find some locations are more favourable based on traffic patterns. If by public transport, you need to prioritise on locations that you can get to easily first.
  • Are you prepared to relocate? If your local area has no opportunities, would you consider moving to another town / county / country. Depending on your circumstances, this may offer a considerably higher chance of employment.

2. The sector(s) that interest you
  • Unless you are considering a change in career direction, you should probably stay in employment sectors that you have previous experience in. However there may be other roles within those sectors that you have not considered. You may also find that enrolling on a course related to an area of interest will open up new opportunities within a sector.
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3. The companies that operate in those sectors

  • You will need to find out what companies might possibly offer employment opportunities within the sectors you choose. When you find a company, you will need to get to know what their business is about and what kinds of people they look for. All companies differ in their approach to new staff, and have different styles of workplace. Getting good background information on a company is essential for jobs expected to be significant career moves.
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4. The roles (occupations) you are experienced enough to take on
  • There may be alternative occupations for which you are qualified and have not considered before. Browsing through our occupation database may give you some ideas and broaden the range of opportunities to consider.
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5. The current state of the Labour market
  • Even though our recession has levelled out, it remains increasingly difficult to know where to find opportunities. Labour market information is by its nature quite general, but it does provide information on trends and future possibilities.
  • We look at the current state of the Labour market and provide links to where further information can be obtained.
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All of these factors can be researched from our Work and Employment section.

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