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Dan Kiernan is a careers coach who is passionate about helping people make good career choices. He works for Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. He wasn’t always a careers coach though – he spent 6 years in a Fintech start-up, 10 years working for an investment bank, he ran a nightclub, worked as a librarian, laboured for a blacksmith, worked as a personal trainer and had a short stint as a carpet fitter. Having tried so many different jobs, we asked him to share some advice on how you go about finding the career that’s right for you. Here’s what he had to say…

“As soon as you say ‘careers’, a lot of people think of their CV and interviews and applying for jobs – but really, that should be the very end of the process. There are a lot of other important things that must come first – such as reflecting on your strengths, your motivations, your values, the things you really enjoy doing. It’s a process of discovery that involves research, talking to lots of people in the workplace and looking into all of the possibilities and opportunities out there – so you can start to discover what might be a good fit for you. The starting point is thinking about yourself and beginning a process of self-discovery and exploration.”

This lesson plan gives students the opportunity to do exactly that. It will enable students to begin exploring their personal values and passions, as well as carrying out conversational research to gain a better understanding of the options available to them.

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