During Christmas and New Year, we take a break, some time out to rest and recuperate. This is often a time when we take stock, assess the year gone by and make that decision - THIS YEAR WILL BE DIFFERENT. When we dream our dreams, we set new goals and we make plans. Inspiration often … Continue reading This Year Will Be Different.
At what point do you decide to leave your job? A few decades ago, it was considered unwise to leave your job, even if you had a new job lined up. It was the accepted norm to stay with the organisation as long as possible. Build up your reputation, your credibility, your experience and stay … Continue reading Decisions to make – Considering a Career Change or Perhaps it is time to explore the alternatives.
Secondary level education sound bites, still appear to focus solely on Third Level Options for students, despite the strong campaign to educate the public about alternative options. Many second level students and their parents are still convinced that a Leaving Certificate student must go directly to a Third level college. “Any course in a third … Continue reading Choices and Opportunities – Decisions to be Made.
You may not think that good manners matter in the modern - Fast paced - Ruthless - Survival of the fittest, world of business. Good manners in business is an indication that this is a professional organisation which treats both staff and customers with respect. "Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot." … Continue reading Manners Matter – Especially in Business
Sometimes I spend hours with clients, mentoring, coaching and helping them prepare for career and education challenges. Often, I wonder if I have made a difference! Have I done enough? Could I have opened up a few more avenues, practiced a few more scenarios? And then I remind myself, that my role as coach and … Continue reading Making a Difference.
Have you ever wondered why you did not get called to interview for that job – the one you really liked?“I was perfect for that job – Wasn’t I?” When creating a CV for a specific job application, it is important to remember that this CV will not get you the job. Your CV is … Continue reading Many Job Applications – Not enough Interviews
Working as a Career Coach, I have spent many years coaching Pre-Leaving Certificate students, who are searching for the ‘Perfect Course’ which will lead to the ‘Perfect Career’. Thinking about possible career options and course choices begin when we are children. What do I want to do when I grow up? The greatest influences on … Continue reading Career and Education Coaching for Parents of Leaving Cert Students.
Every time I read this article by Katherine Donnelly in the Irish Independent, and it reminds me of the last time I raised the issue about the lack of understanding and respect for Further Education – Apprenticeships and PLC courses. (See link at the end of this piece – Westmeath Examiner October 2017.) https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/education/we-must-promote-apprenticeships-as-much-as-we-do-degrees-industry-boss-37712157.html “One … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP – DEGREE – PLC? WHICH IS THE RIGHT COURSE FOR ME?
Job Search - Decision Making - Better Planning - Not just for the younger generation. I heard a discussion this morning on Midlands 103 about people who are receiving long term unemployment payments. The topic gave rise to the a number of themes including one about people who have “retired” from employment and are finding … Continue reading To young to retire – To old to get a new job?
Preparation for every interview is essential, if a candidate wishes to convince the interviewers they they are the right person for the job. Many interview questions can be anticipated, and candidates will score low points where lack of preparation for obvious questions is apparent. Tell me about yourself? … Continue reading Prepare for Interview
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Attending Career Expo's and Higher Options events should not be left until students are in their final leaving certificate year. Attending these events while students are more concerned with study and points, leaves very little time for follow up research. Leaving Cert students do not always have time to investigate the myriad of courses available, … Continue reading Researching and Exploring Courses