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Change the record: How one simple move can improve your career

4 Aug 2017

Taking a risk and making a big career change can be terrifying, but it might be the best decision you’ll ever make.

It’s easy to plod through your working life without thinking too much about the future or how you’re going to advance your career.

Nowadays, very few people are looking for a forever job – most are just looking for a ‘right now’ job. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look beyond the horizon.

Future Human

This week, we explored some of the bigger risks you can take in your career, from handing in your notice to completely retraining.

We spoke to animator, creative director and vice-president at HelloWorld, Darrin Brege, about the random opportunities that led him to his dream job.

Deloitte’s Brian Mulligan also spoke to us about the decision he took to come home to Ireland after 23 years of working abroad.

For those of you thinking about handing in your notice, Hays Recruitment is here to guide you through your worries and help you resign smoothly.

Sometimes a simple career change can just be about upskilling or retraining in a completely new field. If you’re not sure where to start, cybersecurity is one of the hottest sectors right now, with skilled employees in high demand.

For those who want to introduce themselves to the world of infosec with some online training, we’ve got you covered.

Finally, if you’re on the lookout for a new role, there was a flurry of jobs announcements this week, from Belfast to West Cork.

Companies are always on the hunt for top talent. The staff at PwC told us they’re looking for analytical thinkers, team players and good communicators, while Facebook wants people who are dissatisfied with the status quo. Do you think you’ve got what it takes?

As always, for more on any of these stories, follow the links below.

1. How to tell you have a toxic work environment and what to do about it

We’ve all experienced a stressful work period, but what happens when that becomes constant? You might have a toxic work environment.

2. Worried about handing in your notice? Here’s what you need to know

Getting a new job can be exciting but handing in your notice can be scary. Hays’ Susie Timlin is here to quell your worries and help you make a smooth transition.

3. How taking a risk can be the best career decision of your life

Whether you know what you want to do in life or not, taking risks and grabbing seemingly random opportunities could be the key to your success.

4. ‘I loved living in the US, but it never truly felt like home’

Ireland can be full of opportunities, but it can also be lacking. When the latter is true, many head further afield for work. But sometimes, they return to the Emerald Isle.

5. Want to work at Facebook? Here’s what the company culture is like

The company culture at any organisation is one of the most important things, and this definitely rings true at Facebook.

6. PwC wants analytical thinkers, good communicators and team players

Want to work for PwC? Here’s an idea of the kind of people it looks for and a snapshot of the work its employees do.

7. 6 online cybersecurity courses to help you upskill

Cybersecurity is still facing a talent gap, so if ever you were looking to upskill in infosec, now is the time.

8. Berlin makes a play for top tech talent as Brexit nears

The Brexit aftermath will have knock-on effects for tech talent in the UK, but where will they fly to?

9. West Cork fintech firm Global Shares creates 80 jobs in new expansion

Fintech firm Global Shares is planning a global expansion across its 10 offices, bringing staff numbers to more than 200.

10. Teen-Turn girls’ work experience programme to go international in 2018

Teen girls are getting the chance to do some work experience at one of more than 30 tech companies.

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Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny Darmody became the deputy editor of Silicon Republic in 2020, having worked as the careers editor until June 2019. When she’s not writing about the science and tech industry, she’s writing short stories and attempting novels. She continuously buys more books than she can read in a lifetime and pretty stationery is her kryptonite. She also believes seagulls to be the root of all evil and her baking is the stuff of legends.

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