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The opportunity to make more money is enticing for anyone, and when the role is very similar to the one you’re already doing then you may feel that you have nothing to lose. However, there are other factors than need to be considered when making a career move. If you ignore them, you might miss out on something worth more than just money. Where will this move take your career? Take a step...

Blockchain technology has already had a huge impact on the world of finance. But it might not be long before its influence is felt in HR as well. In the latest Hays Journal, we explored how it could change the way we work. What is blockchain? Even the most ardent technophobe would be hard-pressed not to have heard of Bitcoin, given the amount of coverage the cryptocurrency has attracted in...

Increasingly, organisations are turning to younger members of the workforce to mentor their older and more senior colleagues. Implementing these schemes, however, can be a challenge, particularly in some geographies. How can businesses make this relationship work? In the last decade or so, the traditional image of the mentor has been radically turned on its head. In the corporate world, many...

When I first enrolled onto my engineering degree back in the 1980s, it really felt as though my university education would provide the basis upon which my entire career would be based, with some degree of training “top-up” required from time to time as science developed, in a somewhat pedestrian way. How wrong was that assumption! The speed, scale, and scope of the disruption we’re...

Currently, it’s hard to predict which of our existing jobs will change, which ones will become obsolete and which jobs will be created. It’s safe to say that the majority of jobs people work in today are those which have developed and changed over the last decade. Rapid changes in technology, the increase in globalisation and international mobility along with the ever-changing patterns in...

Think back to your last interview and ask yourself, were you eager to make it clear to the interviewer that you are the right person for the job? Did you spend time thinking of ways to portray this message without coming across too as eager for the job? If the answer is ‘Yes’ you’re taking the right approach and I encourage you to continue this interview prep because it is a critical element...

Is accepting a job offer even though it pays less a good idea? Do I like their company culture? Is the right industry for me? Will this new role enable me to develop new skills? These are questions you’ll come across during your job search ones which are difficult to answer yourself. I strongly recommend turning to those you trust for help when searching for a new job. Remember to choose...

What is the purpose of a mentor and why do you need one? A mentor is your confidential advisor, who can objectively help you overcome professional hurdles in order for you to achieve your goals. In order to find your mentor, you need a vision of where you want to be in your career, the drive to get there and the confidence to seek mentoring from someone you deem to be inspirational and...

During an interview stage, the interviewer does an excellent job at selling their company culture, one that you would ideally enjoy working in during your career. Shortly after the interview you are offered the role and make an impulse decision to accept it. However, after working there for a few months you begin to notice the culture that was sold to you in the interview doesn’t...

Following the economic recession, many employers in Ireland cut back on staff training. As the fog clears and our economy returns to growth, we can now clearly see the net impact of years of under-investment in training – a shortage of skilled workers available to capitalise on today’s opportunities. Failure to invest in learning has long-lasting consequences, and many sectors are now playing...

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