Career Planning Tips

Career Planning Tips

April 16 2019

In this helpful episode of the Your Pursuit Of Happiness podcast, Laura & Paul share their tips and advice on how to achieve the career you want and deserve.

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Podcast Discussion

Ok, let's get into the discussion . . .


Today we're going to look at discussing around career development, specifically career planning tips for a certain type of role that you want to get into.

We did a blog not so long ago on how to land your dream job, and there were four specific areas that we covered: up-skilling and educating yourself, enhancing your digital presence, making a list of what's important to you in your career, and finally then just registering with a trusted recruitment agency.

Should You Do An MBA (Or A Masters In Your Field)? 

It depends on what your role is and if there are requirements for your role or not on the technical side.

If, for example, you’re moving towards investment management, maybe it's a CFA, maybe it's a CII exam or something along those lines. If it's compliance, there's a lot out there, same goes for project management. There are definitely skills that are particularly important for specific roles, so education is important.

On the other side of it is you can get caught up in books and online learning.

Sometimes it's as important to get out there a little bit more and to network, to go to events.

For example, we support and attend the Block-W, Women in Blockchain events.

Get yourself out there and educate yourself on an ongoing basis.

Enhance Your Digital Presence

The next thing is: enhancing your digital presence. Treat your LinkedIn profile as your CV. People still struggle a little bit on this. You could be missing out on a massive number of opportunities because you don't have certain skills or keywords that you need to be found for on your LinkedIn profile. Really treat it as your CV, and please don't put up a picture of your holding a pint at the last 30th party that you went to. It needs to be professional - it is on a professional networking site.

SEO, Search Engine Optimization, it's very, simple. Repeat the title of the job that you want as many different times as you can because recruiters search job titles and skills, and if it isn't there, you won't be found. If you want to be found for a particular role and you know it, get it in your profile in LinkedIn.

What’s Important To You?

The next thing is to make a list of what's important to you in a role, without focussing on money too much. Obviously money is important, you have your bills to pay and all the rest, but it really shouldn't be all around money.

If you're the type of person that wants to see the direct impact of your work, then a smaller company might be for you. Whereas if you're somebody who really craves structure, then a corporate environment might be more suited.

Not everyone wants to be CEO, not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur, and not everyone wants to be managing people. Have a good think about that aspect too. Take a little bit of time out and just reflect on where you are and where you want to go.

Make a bit of an effort, have a good think about what you want to do and try to be honest with yourself and authentic with yourself, and then you're much more likely to find somewhere that matches your goals and matches your needs on a much more fundamental level. It will help you move towards job fulfillment, the right salary, and happiness at work.

Ask For Help

Finally, register with a trusted recruitment consultancy. Consultants see CVs all day every day, so we know what a good CV looks like and what a bad CV looks like.

We can be honest with you about what we see in the market and give you information about what's out there.

It’s good having somebody there by your side to help you through the process.

If you want any information or are interested in one of our roles in the Fintech and financial services industry, get in touch with us at Top Tier Recruitment.

You can contact us at or call (01) 564 9602. 


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