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Are you sure you’re on the right career path?

15 Sep 2017

This is the time of the year for big transitions, from education to your career path. Are you sure you’ve chosen the right one?

Knowing exactly what you want to do for the rest of your life can be nigh on impossible, no matter what age you are.

The Junior Certificate results came out earlier this week, but students will have made their subject choices for their Leaving Certificate months ago, while students of the latter have already received and accepted CAO offers.

But it can feel so early to decide the education you need in order to have the career you want when you’re not even sure where you want to be in life.

That’s where internships can massively help young people make more informed decisions about their career path.

We spoke to interns from eShopWorld and Kemp Technologies about what their experience was like and how those internships readied them for the working world.

For those leaving college, we also spoke to a member of the PwC graduate programme to get an insider look at what it’s like.

But it’s not just the young people that are unsure. Many can be several years into their career before they realise it isn’t right for them. Sometimes it takes going on holidays for them to realise they need a more permanent change of scenery. Sound familiar? Hays can help you identify the signs that you’re suffering from a little more than post-holiday blues.

For those interested in a new job, we spoke to employees at Voxpro about what it takes to work there and what the culture is like. If you like what you see, you can check out their job opportunities.

Sometimes, how one’s CV might look could be what stops them from applying for a new job. If you feel like a serial job-hopper, don’t worry. Career coach Jane Downes is here to help you explain your colourful CV to prospective employers.

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

1. Time for a new job? 5 signs it’s not just post-holiday blues

We all dread work after a nice holiday, but sometimes that dread is a sign of something more serious. Hays’ Chris Dottie is here to help you tell the difference.

2. Is job-hopping always considered a bad thing?

Do you have a colourful job history? Are you worried about how your job-hopping might look to potential employers?

3. Want to work at Voxpro? You must be a people person

Culture is increasingly becoming one of the most important parts of any job. So, what’s it like to work at Voxpro?

4. Deloitte to recruit 300 graduates in Ireland

Professional services firm Deloitte is hiring 300 graduates across a number of service areas around the country.

5. CSI: How to be a forensic scientist in 5 easy(ish) steps

Ever wanted to be part of the crime-fighting team on CSI? Forensic science is the real-life job behind analysing physical evidence.

6. Is it time to stop telling women they need to learn how to code?

Encouraging women in science and technology roles is extremely important, but is simply telling them to learn coding the only way?

7. Having a bad day? Here’s how to turn it around

We can all suffer from a bad day at work from time to time. That doesn’t mean it has to stay that way.

8. You will learn a lot with PwC’s graduate programme

Have you just finished third-level education? Want to know what PwC’s graduate programme is like?

9. Have that nagging, doubting voice inside you? There’s only one thing to do

As a pioneer of 3D filmmaking, artist Catherine Owens knows what it takes to bring the right energy levels to a crucial pitch.

10. Ever wanted to intern as a venture capitalist?

VC Internship is an initiative for budding female entrepreneurs in Australia. Vyoma Patel, a past intern, gives a personal account of the lessons she learned along the way.

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Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny Darmody became the editor of Silicon Republic in 2023, having worked as the deputy editor since February 2020. 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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