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CAREER OPTIONS GRID

The first stage of career planning is looking at yourself - your personality, interests, values, learning style, skills etc.  Once you have identified what you want in a job, you can start to investigate possible options - making sure you take account of any constraints.   This grid will help you to record the information you know and find out about yourself.  Try some of the suggested questionaires and assessments to find out more about interests, skills and abilities which you didn't know you had!  This information will be very useful when you start to complete applications and CVs and when you attend interviews.  Employers like candidates who know what they have to offer and who can demonstrate their skills and abilities with examples.

Personal Appraisal

Personal Aspects Details Comments
Personality

Try the Keirsey Personality Assessment 



 
Career Interests

Try this interest questionnaire



 
Work  values and motivations

Try this motivation assessment



 
Learning Style

Check out your learning style with this questionnaire



 

Skills  

You can develop skills through all aspects of your life - not just by undertaking courses.  Check out your skills using DoctorJob and this Transferable Skills Survey 

Evidence from activity Skills and experience gained Comments
Academic studies


 
Achievements

 
Extra-curricular activities

 
Time Out experience

 
Interests

 
Personal life

 
Sport

 
Voluntary work

 
Work experience

 
Possible constraints Career implications? Comments
Disability / health issues


 
Mobility / location

 
Family / dependents

 
Poor exam grades

 
Age

 
Criminal convictions

 

Now that you have gathered information about yourself, your personality, values, skills and constraints the next step is to start investigating possible career options.   Look at some of the resources suggested for more ideas.

 
Possible occupations Career Comments
Using degree

Options using your degree, Irish careers information


 
Where degree will be useful

See what previous graduates have done



 
Open to graduates of any degree discipline

What do graduates do? covers options with any subject



 

Now focus on the three most promising careers and list the pros and cons and implications of each one

  Career 1: Career 2: Career 3:
Pros      
Cons      
Implications (eg leaving area)      

For more links to relevant websites and for details of published materials see Information resources

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