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Careers advice

Whether you’re just starting out on the career ladder, returning to work, seeking promotion, or thinking about a career change, we’ve got useful tips and hints to help you with your next steps.

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What is important to you?

We’ve highlighted some key questions to consider when thinking about the next stage in your career, either through a promotion or a completely new role.

If you aren’t sure what you want to do next, but know you need something different, don’t panic. You could talk to your current employer about how you can gain exposure to different areas of your business. This could be in the form of shadowing or taking on new projects to develop your skills. Or branch out and get involved in event speaking, mentoring or coaching, or undertake training in a new area.

Supporting flexible working

Flexible working is important to different people for various reasons, which can include:

  • A need to work non-typical hours
  • Support for working with a disability
  • Juggling caring responsibilities
  • Working more than one job.

Although some jobs are advertised as part-time, we’d also recommend having a conversation with prospective employers about the potential for a role to be part-time, even if it isn’t advertised as such. Flexible arrangements can often be made, depending on the role and needs of the organisation.

The importance of networking

Networking, either in-person or online, is important at any stage of your career. It can help you find opportunities; many people find jobs through word-of-mouth or personal referrals. It helps enhance your profile and career progression through developing knowledge and skills, and providing access to advice or mentorship.

Networking tips:

  • Use your personal connections and ask for introductions
  • Contact an alumni network
  • Join IEMA or institutes relevant to your interests to speak to other members
  • Use LinkedIn to expand your network online.

For those in the early stages of their working lives, careers fairs can also help you to understand roles and sectors.

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