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May 29th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorised 0 thoughts on “”

Is now the time to take up part -time study?
There are a great many benefits of returning to education or taking up a course of study for the first time. The learning can be challenging, but enjoyable, and can bring a lot of benefit to you, your role and the organisation you work for. A few things to consider:
– Would your organisation support you? Many organisations do, it could be worth checking if your organisation does.
– Springboard – if you are employed you can get 90% funding for a chosen programme through Springboard+ and 100% funding if you’re unemployed or returning to the workplace. https://springboardcourses.ie/
– Tax back – You can claim tax relief on fees paid at the end of the tax year.
– Skillnet are a resource for certain sectors, they provide funding for upskilling https://www.skillnetireland.ie/
The benefits
– Continuous professional development allows you to continue to develop the knowledge and skills you need to continue your professional growth and development.
– New contacts, a broader network and in lots of cases friends for life.
– Engagement in new sectors, learning about new trends, identifying new career paths and industries.

May 22nd, 2020 Posted by Uncategorised 0 thoughts on “”

Always grateful to get some positive feedback –

I cant recommend Maria and Brandnewhorizons highly enough . I recently had the opportunity to meet with Maria, her knowledge, understanding and helpfulness during an uncertain time in my career was excellent. The interview skills and CV preparation she furnished me with are what I personally credit in my success of entering a dynamic new industry. #careerplanning #careeropportunities #interviewadvice #interviewpreparation #interviewtips

The path to success isnt’ always easy, but it is possible

May 22nd, 2020 Posted by Uncategorised 0 thoughts on “The path to success isnt’ always easy, but it is possible”

Success is tricky at the best of times, and even tricker now, but not impossible! #careerstrategy #careersuccess #careertransition #careeropportunities #careeradvice

Is now the time to get some help?

May 15th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorised 0 thoughts on “Is now the time to get some help?”

Career coaching – Is now the time to get some help?
Covid 19 has brought different experiences and challenges to everyone. For some their skills are in demand and they are struggling to get through the workload and the working week. For other times have never been more uncertain.
It is probably fair to say that some help along the way when navigating your career is a good thing, however there are key times when it is important to get some help and support. Perhaps for some that time is now, why?
– It takes effort and it is not easy, coaches can navigate the way forward, bringing a clear pathway to light.
– It takes a positive mindset, not always as easy thing to have, particularly when everything feels like a challenge. Job search anxiety is real and is difficult without some support.
– It makes moving forward easy and possible and more importantly it will deliver the result you are looking for, a new job, a move to a new career, identifying upskilling needs etc.
My own experience is that providing some professional help and guidance to my clients, is only positive and has a huge contribution to success in this area.

Emotions -Covid 19

May 13th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorised 0 thoughts on “Emotions -Covid 19”

Emotions -COVID 19
Emotions have come to my mind over the past few months. Emotions are chemicals released in response to our interpretation of a specific trigger. Research has agreed on six essentially universal emotions: Happiness, Surprise, Disgust, Anger, Fear and Sadness. It is highly likely that the majority of us have experienced all of these emotion during this Covid 19 pandemic.
Emotional Contagion is another word that has come to mind. Emotional contagion is the phenomenon of having one person’s emotions and related behaviours directly trigger similar emotions and behaviours in other people. In other words, our happiness or sadness are shared across the people we meet and interact with. Perhaps this is a good thing, we may have the ability to turn someone’s bad day into a good one, however we do have the ability to do the opposite. Food for thought perhaps as we make our way through the exit stages of Covid 19.
Perhaps a few tips to keep in mind:
1. Be aware of your own emotions, and the possibility of sharing that emotion with other people.
2. When you begin to feel negative, recognise it and try and do something that will improve that feeling, such as a walk, a chat, a smile or a favourite TV programme.
3. Be wise about the sources you take your information from, try and separate the real information from the frenzy.

A good article written by the Harvard Business Review is worth a quick read to get some more tips.

Tips for on-line learners

May 1st, 2020 Posted by Uncategorised 0 thoughts on “Tips for on-line learners”

Next month I will upskill in the area of on-line moderating by embarking on the course “Moderating for on-line environments” through Ul. It has allowed me to reflect on some key tips I would give a “new” on-line learner, who is embarking on this for the first time

1. Be brave – It’s not that scary, well it is a little bit, but there is so much help at hand, all of the on-line courses are supported with moderators (they are the help) and technical experts to get you up and running
2. Technology -Make yourself familiar with the platform, for example know where the chat forums are, where you upload your work etc.
3. Find a place to study – The kitchen table is tempting but its’ not a great place to get this new learning started
4. Set yourself some goals – Set yourself a short, medium- and long-term goal, much easier to achieve goals if they are written down.

Career Resilience has never been so important

April 30th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorised 0 thoughts on “Career Resilience has never been so important”

Career Resilience has never been so important

Resilience is a word that has come to me a lot over the last number of weeks. Resilience is defined as “as the ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change, and keep going in the face of adversity (Ovans, 2015). Career resilience is all these things and can take a positive mindset to ensure that we keep going in challenging times.
Here are a few tips to keep your career resilience in place.

1. Keep a positive mindset – Not easily done, but it does make a big difference, there is opportunity in everything, and there is opportunity in this current scenario we are facing, all be it exceedingly difficult to see.

2. Build your networks – You may have some time on your hands to build some connections. Building a good LinkedIn profile is a really good way of getting connected to people. However, you can also do it by getting in touch with your own network.

3. Upskill- There are loads of opportunities now to learn and upskill on-line and lots of companies are offering free courses.

4. Take charge – This is your career, own it, take action where it is needed, seek help if you need it, but don’t sit and procrastinate it is always better to move forward, even if that is baby steps.

As the research from the Harvard Business Review tells us, your resilience comes from yourself. You may need some help in finding it, but it is there, and it has never been more important.

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Ovans, D. (2015) What Resilience Means, and Why It Matters, Harvard Business Review, available: https://hbr.org/2015/01/what-resilience-means-and-why-it-matters (accessed 24th April 2020)

Delighted to have been part of Ul Talks, my talk on “Academic Writing and Referencing”

April 30th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorised 0 thoughts on “Delighted to have been part of Ul Talks, my talk on “Academic Writing and Referencing””

How to succeed in an on-line interview

April 30th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorised 0 thoughts on “How to succeed in an on-line interview”

Top tips to succeed in an on-line interview

It can be difficult to adjust to selling yourself in an on-line environment. I have put together a few tips, that I hope will help you to succeed when you are presenting yourself to a future employer.

1. Make sure the technology works
Download the technology in advance, ensuring that you have tested your login in details and your camera.

2. Dress up
You should present yourself as if you were face to face with your interviewer.

3. Engage
The same rules of engagement apply to the on-line environment, ensure that you are making eye contact, with the interviewers.

4. Listen carefully
It is particularly important in any interview to listen carefully to the questions that are asked. The on-line environment is no different, you need to make sure that you are really homing in on the questions that are asked, and responding to them in a succinct, professional manner.

5. Take your time to respond
In the same way you would think about a question in a face to face interview, you should do the same in an on-line interview. Give yourself a minute if you feel like you need think about the question before you answer.

6. Have a question ready for the interviewers
Come prepared with a question for the interviewers, this shows engagement and interest in both the role and the company on offer.

It is a difficult to get interviews right and the challenge of doing a good interview in an on-line space can make the process even more challenging.

Hello world!

April 18th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorised 1 thought on “Hello world!”

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