Changing Careers – Funding Career Change & Others

Changing Careers – People always ask me if I have any career change grants advice and trying to fund change in general terms. Yes, it can be expensive, but you have to think about the return on investment once you graduate.

You have the option to spread payment fees over the duration of the course. Talk to the admissions department and negotiate a payment schedule. They will negotiate and they are flexible, remember who the customer is! You.


Remove waste and discretionary luxuries from your lifestyle and make appropriate adjustments, what can you do without? Digestive biscuits versus the chocolate biscuits? Maybe you don’t need a career change grant after all!!


Changing Careers – How beneficial is upskilling to furthering your career?

It’s an extremely competitive market, you are in competition with your peers across industry. You should reflect on yourself and analyse your ‘areas for development’ and put together an action plan to address these areas. If you don’t tick the boxes that your competitors tick you may not even get to the interview stage.


If you are in a corporate environment and an opening presents itself that you are interested in, if you have been ‘lazy’ the past number of years and not focused on your continuous professional development you may miss out on that potential opportunity.


Be prepared, don’t sit on your primary degree that you achieved in the 1990’s or early 2000’s. Knowledge and new skills will manifest into personal and professional confidence. Anybody with an ordinary degree of a 2:2 honours degree should be looking at a Masters/Post Graduate qualification, an obvious ‘area for development’.


Changing Careers – Any other career advice?

Continuously reflect.


Fundamentally lifelong learning equals more choice. Speak to a career guidance counsellor and visualise a future and a career plan (including financial options and training grants), discover your learning style, make the right career move and facilitate the next stage in your career. An impartial career guidance session will sow the seeds.


Finally, do not be afraid to fail, lifelong learning can be very enjoyable.


Diarmuid Haughian

MA Career Guidance, QCG


Changing Careers

Career Guidance