Career development and planning is a lifelong process that is influenced by many things, some of which are personal and some of which involve your employer.
Explore the Career Profiles and Real Life Stories from NI’s Nursing and Midwifery workforce to identify jobs of interest to help you think about your career choices.
Our lives outside work are varied and we have to make different choices at different stages in our lives. Examples of choices that can affect your career development and planning include:
Your choice of career direction can also be influenced by personal choice and your personality. To find out more about yourself, complete a Self-Assessment to learn about your personality and the type of career that may be suited to you.
Welcome to the link to Self Assessment Tools created to help you learn more about your self, and how your personality may influence your career development and planning.
There are many self assessment tools available on the internet which you can explore for yourself. Some are web-sites where you can take the assessments online. Others are publications that you can read online or print off. Please note that there may be a fee to pay before taking the online assessments.
If you decide to complete any of the tools, you may wish to record the results in the Evidence Log within your online portfolio, or reflect on what you learn about yourself using Reflect Now
To help you, a few web-site links are available below, however there are many more.
Your ability and competence can influence your career planning.
To identify your strengths, complete an assessment using the Competence Assessment Tools. You can use this information to explore career opportunities that allow you to make best use of your skills and competencies.
The career opportunities available to you are influenced by a number of factors, such as:
There is a close link between service needs and career opportunities which should be geared towards providing safe, effective and person-centred services for patients and clients. Health and Social Care Services in Northern Ireland are ever-changing and many new career opportunities may appear for Nurses and Midwives over the next few years.
You may want to think about how health and social care services are going to be delivered in your area in the future, and how you can develop your career to be ready for this change.
The education and training requirements of the nursing and midwifery workforce to meet the needs of the population in Northern Ireland are currently managed through the DHSSPS Education Commissioning process on an annual basis.
Click here for more information about how the DHSSPS Education Commissioning process can support you.
There is a close link between employer support and career enhancement opportunities. Employers can help by:
The literature on career planning highlights the leadership styles of senior managers as having a major influence on the level of employer support experienced.
Discuss opportunities with your line manager and senior Nurses or Midwives within your organisation.