JOBSEEKING AND CAREER DIRECTION

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Many people for different reasons find it hard to decide on which career path to take. Sometimes young people find career planning difficult as they look at the many choices in front of them. But career choices can happen at any age, e.g. if you lose your job you might also have to think about a new career direction. The sites listed here are aimed at helping you to make a decision about career direction.

Careers Portal

CareersPortal.ie is an Irish resource dedicated to those who want to plan their career. Whether you are a school student, college graduate or seeking employment, this Career Guidance resource will collect and present the most useful information available to help you along the way. www.careersportal.ie

Careers Ireland

This site is for students embarking on their career journey www.careersireland.wordpress.com

Blue Brick

This is another site that helps you plot a course for your future. Use BlueBrick.ie to search and compare accredited courses from 14 Institutes of Technology. Choose the course that suits you best and apply online. www.bluebrick.ie

Supporting Careers

Online educational exhibition which showcases some of the Ireland’s leading educational facilities. It provides access to a searchable database of over 19,000 courses. www.supportingcareers.ie

Springboard

Springboard provides funded 3rd level courses which will help you improve your job prospects. All courses are part-time, allowing you keep your social protection supports and making it easier for those with families and responsibilities. Courses with current or future job opportunities (finance, green energy, ICT, science and environment, sales and marketing) http://www.bluebrick.ie/springboard/

Interviewtechniques.ie

This site offers useful advice on how to prepare for an interview and gives a range of questions you might want to practice for your interview. http://www.interviewtechniques.ie/interview-questions.htm

About.com

The About.com site has lots of information on many subjects. The job-hunting section contains useful information on CV preparation and interview technique. http://jobsearch.about.com/

Jobsguideireland.com

This is an Irish recruitment site which also contains a list of sample job interview questions. It also covers CVs. http://www.jobsguideireland.com  

Video Jug

The video-jug has a channel of very good videos for preparing for interviews. For videos, expert advice, instructional tips, tricks, guides and tutorials on this subject, visit the video jug channel. http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to- prepare-for- an-interview

UK Careers Advice Service

This UK Careers Advice Service provides information, advice and guidance to support adults in making appropriate decisions on a full range of learning and work opportunities. http://careersadvice.direct.gov.uk/  

Guardian Careers

The Guardian careers section gives a wide range of help and information regarding CV preparation and interviews, videos, podcasts amongst other topics. http://careers.guardian.co.uk/best-of- the-forums- cv-clinic  

CVs and Interviews

This Irish web-site has a listing of useful information relating to CV’s and interviews.  Most of the information is free, and the site also carries links to a private job support businesses called CV & Interview Service Ireland. http://www.cvsandinterviews.ie  

Sites for Graduates

Careers Ireland

This site is also for students embarking on their career journey. www.careersireland.wordpress.com

Target Jobs

This is a one stop shop for career advice for graduates which includes career matching, CV, Interviews, degree matching and psychometric testing. http://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice

The Independent Newspaper

This UK newspaper has job seeking help and information for graduates. http://www.independent.co.uk/student/career-planning/getting- job
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