Springboard andJobfindingimogen@ctc.ieWhat happened last yearWhat you might doWe have limited time as I have to leave at 10:50, sotake down my email – you are welcome to contact meafterwards, and if I can help or make individualsuggestions, I will 1
Who’s yer one?• Ran a network of self-employed teleworkers involved in publishing 1985-2005• Temporarily paralysed by Guillain-Barre Syndrome in 2004 (like a one-off attack of MS) and had to learn to walk again as well as create a new career• Pieced it together out of teaching, IT, horticulture• Taught the digital modules of the Springboard Creative and Digital Marketing certificate last year• Studied on the Supply Chain Management course• Now working at Apple (disclaimer...)
The portfolio career (Handy 1989)✦ Wage or salary work – money paid for time given (what employees earn)✦ Fee work – payment for results delivered (what professionals charge)✦ Study work✦ Gift work – work done for free outside the home eg for charities, friends or in the community✦ Homework – care of the home and familyThe first three = your career portfolio
What happened last year?• Supply Chain Management: • New employment • Further educational course • Internship • No change/other eg maternity leave/family care• Creative and digital marketing • New employment 6 • Further educational course 2 • Internship 4 • No change/other eg maternity leave/family care 5
Finding out about yourself• Professional is best, but you can do it on the net DIY if you can’t access or afford that…• Myers-Briggs personality tests on web• Learning styles relate to communications styles eg Silver Felderman http ://www.engr.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.html• Ask your family and friends about your good and bad points.• Be honest and work with the positives
Assess your abilities• The realities are the same whatever your ability. Employers and clients want: – Communications skills including telephone and email – Punctuality and politeness – Reliability – Teamwork* – Good IT skills especially personal productivity – Competence in a skill area thats in demand• It’s up to you to get out there and create your portfolio to convince them you have it!
What did people find helpful?• Targeted searching of job websites (can also be time-consuming and depressing...!)• Practice at presentation skills• Creating a portfolio (CCDM students)• Networking eg it@cork http://itcork.ie and Skillsnet (you have free membership while you are at UCC)• Facebook group UCCNewMedia (free...)• Contacts built through the course (especially SCM course which also had students who were in employment)• Help with LinkedIn profiles – buddy up with someone you trust to “peer review” for each other• Careers interview and cv preparation help
Be open to new ideas• CSO website is full of information on what sectors recruit what skills and... gender and age-groups• Expert Group on Future Skills Report http://www.skillsireland.ie• Glassdoor.com – find out what others think of the company that you are applying to. – Interview questions and process• Do interim and voluntary work• Don’t be shy to do other work – being in a job helps you to get a job• Careers interview and cv preparation help 8
What are you doing so far?• Searching job websites? Which ones? – jobs.ie irishjobs.ie recruitireland.com fasjobs.ie• Recruitment agencies – pluses and minuses?• Updating your cv – are you taking account of the need to make it machine-readable?• Researching companies and their recruitment procedures eg “panels” in the public service – I once got a job because I was the only candidate who had looked up the company online, and knew what it did, and who the CEO was• Join relevant “interest groups” on LinkedIn• Social media - have you linked your various accounts and created an “about.me” page?• What is your “bottom line” on location as agreed with
Curating your portfolio• Get your ECDL (UCC Computer Centre)• Always have a note-taking device about your person (eg the voice or note memo on your phone)• Keep a contacts database and use it – after this session, make notes of who and what was useful because you won’t remember in a month• Do voluntary work and keep notes of what you’re doing. Treat it as a “job” – be professional!• Take opportunities to write and speak publicly however hard it is – consider joining Toastmasters to get free training in public speaking as well as networking opportunities?• Join stuff eg IT@Cork network
Curating means neglecting too• I don’t often tell people I worked on the post for a while the year after I had GBS… unless of course I am after a job that involves driving… – Eg I have a licence to transport hazardous chemicals: very useful for gardening work! – Think about using an ePortfolio to record your work and study because you don’t know when you will need a piece of portfolio “evidence” again in the future. – Most professions now require a record be kept of continuing professional development, so start collecting now!• Takehome: Dan Pink’s YouTube on motivation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc• What one thing are you now going to do as a result of today? Deadline? Next action to make it happen?
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