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Want to be inspired in your career? You’ve come to the right place

7 Jul 2017

When it comes to top career tips, personal development advice and phenomenal people to inspire you, Inspirefest never disappoints.

Whether we’re looking for a change of scenery, a change of career or simply looking for something different, people need to be inspired.

When it comes to our careers, we need to be happy in what we do. It needs to give us enough flexibility and remuneration for a healthy work-life balance, sure.

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However, a great career will also make us feel fulfilled, stimulated and happy. If you don’t feel like you’re quite there, don’t worry. You’re not alone.

But perhaps you just need to be inspired? Plenty of amazing people have switched careers, switched industries and found their way to their dream via the scenic route. And plenty of these amazing people took to the Inspirefest stage this week.

From guest columns and interviews to their on-stage appearances, we’ve gleaned some of the most inspirational career stories and advice this week from Inspirefest.

Learn about Dr France A Córdova’s phenomenal career, find out what Monica Parker thinks about the future of work and glean top interview tips from Maureen Taylor, to name but a few.

Once you’ve been suitably inspired on your career path, we have good news for women thinking about returning to work, and employees thinking about upskilling.

We also have some short-term tips for you, including kicking your productivity into high-gear, and some top interview tips from Hays for anyone who hasn’t had an interview in a long time.

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

1. The incredible life and times of Dr Anita Sands

Ahead of her presentation on a personal journey in leadership at Inspirefest 2017, Dr Anita Sands spoke to Elaine Burke about her incredible career.

2. 8 career takeaways from last year’s Inspirefest

With so many nuggets of advice at last year’s sci-tech conference, Inspirefest 2017 is guaranteed to bring even more insights and tips.

3. Confused in your career path? Say ‘yes’, rather than ‘no’

From writing about heartthrobs with the LA Times to leading NASA’s scientific endeavours, Dr France A Córdova has seen it all.

4. In a world of political unrest, can tech and optimism prevail?

As tech becomes a bigger and bigger part of how we live, Reservoir Q Global MD Shelly Porges talks about entrepreneurship, investment and the politics of business.

5. Landed a job interview? This is what to do next

Getting a job interview is half the battle, but there’s still more work to be done. Maureen Taylor, founder of SNP Communications, is here to guide you through the next part.

6. What can vulnerability teach us about the future of work?

Alongside technological advances, our society is changing rapidly. What do those changes mean for the future of work? Hatch Analytics founder Monica Parker has some idea.

7. Can returnships get the ‘lost’ STEM women back to work?

Women Returners is bringing the concept of ‘returnships’ to Ireland, to support professional women returning to work after a career break. Elaine Russell and Julianne Miles explain why.

8. How to balance a full-time job with a part-time master’s degree

Thinking about doing a master’s? Balancing a degree, a family and a full-time job can sound like too much to handle, but it doesn’t have to be.

9. How long has it been since your last job interview?

Have a job interview coming up? Feeling a little rusty? Hays’ Dean Stallard is here to guide you through it, no matter how long it has been.

10. 9 tips guaranteed to boost your productivity today

Feeling distracted? Unproductive? Sluggish? We can help you knuckle down and get through the day.

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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