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Finding Work as an Immigrant

Finding work as an Immigrant

Last week I had the pleasure of running a Pathfinding and Career Workshop for Spirasi, an organisation that works with refugees. It was inspiring to see how many want to learn and succeed in their new home. But some are disheartened because they feel it is harder for them to find work in Ireland. Immigrants might have more obstacles to overcome, but they are not insurmountable. No matter where you come from, you always have options. It is just a matter of continuously improving your English and being creative in your job search by meeting as many people as possible and rework your CV to make you stand out. My father did it as a Spanish immigrant coming to Germany and I have done it here in Ireland. And if we can do it, so can you!

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Registration for Barbara Sher Success Team Dublin Now Open

Barbara Sher Success Team starting soon in Dublin!

Barbara Sher Success Team starting soon in Dublin!




(even if you have no goals,

no character, and you’re often in a lousy mood)

Have you always wanted a career in television? A house by the sea? Your own horse? A terrific partner?

We’re starting a SUCCESS TEAM to help you get what you want.

I can't thank Maite enough for building such an amazing Success Team. I really feel like we've become a team who supports each other and achieve our goals. I can without a doubt say that I would have NOT achieved one of the goals that I had dreamed about for a long long time without the support and encouragement of the team. I can't believe I have achieved it!
Aine Teahan

It takes more than desire to make a wish come true. It needs ongoing, sustained effort over an extended period of time. It needs support and encouragement when times get tough, and there are inevitable interruptions, setbacks, and fears that are part of every journey to the top.

The Success Team will do this for you in only 8 weeks! You'll begin the process of finding and pinpointing your goal, overcome your obstacles, create strategies and map out a plan of action. You'll turn your plans into a schedule, report in on any goal-directed actions every week and brainstorm any obstacles.

I didn’t really know anybody in the team and that made it all even more interesting. We talked about goals, and dreams (big and small) and obstacles, and before we knew it we had become a team ready to help each other succeed. Maite was excellent at structuring the meetings and making sure every person contributed equally to the process. Personally, it made an amazing and interesting journey. While some team members knew exactly what they wanted, I simply wasn’t so sure. I started a discovery process that gave me focus and momentum. Months later I am still as strong and I feel I now have the tools to work on other goals (not only for work, but for anything at all!) and also to helping other people succeed too.
Ana Dorado

This is how the Success Team will run:

  • We meet for 8 weeks for 2 hours each week.

  • The team will help you find your dream or develop an action plan to achieve your goal. It will also provide support, ideas and contacts to follow up.

  • Between meetings you will be given assignments to complete.

I would love to welcome you in your very own Success Team and help you find and make your dream come true! 

Registration is Now Open

Only 4 Spaces Available. Registration closes Monday, 26th September 2016.

Career Change

How to Change Careers

Over the last few months I have been talking about the steps that are involved in changing careers. This week I want to bring it all together again and give you a short overview on how to change careers. It includes the following stages which I have been writing about:

  1. Stage - Assessing your present situation

    1. What’s going on now?

    2. What to keep and what to change?

  2. Stage - Discovering what it is exactly that you want

    1. What is my ideal life?

    2. What do I love, what am I good at and what do I need to thrive?

    3. For scanners/multipotentialites: Which of my many interests do I want to pursue next? Or which of my interests do I need in my life constantly? (These can be more than one)

  3. Stage - Overcoming internal or external obstacles

    1. Are my beliefs about myself and my career really true?

    2. What ways are there to get around, over or through obstacles?

  4. Stage - Reality testing

    1. Is this really my dream career or just a hobby or escape fantasy?

    2. How can I do a dry-run of my dream career?

And this final stage:

  1. Stage - Changing careers

    1. Upskilling if necessary

    2. Writing your CV or business plan for your dream work

    3. Applying for jobs or setting up your business

Each of these stages consists of several steps that depend on your personal journey. I have given you a few examples and exercises over the last few months, so you can read back over them on this blog.

As I have said before, finding your path or changing careers is a process. It can take between 3-6 months or longer to successfully change careers. This depends on how clear you are at the beginning of the process on what you want to do next. Or sometimes you don’t have as many obstacles to overcome. I usually just went for it without thinking too much about if I could actually do it. I didn’t want to end up like my parents, regretting that they had never tried to do the work that they loved. And as I have frequently heard over the last few weeks: Failure is to never even have tried.

In my experience, clients who come to me to find out what they want to do with their lives, need at least 3 months to explore and discover their dreams. You are talking about the next years of your life. Would you not want to make sure they will be as happy and fulfilling as you can make them?

What stage of career change are you in?​

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Dream Career or just a Hobby?

Hopefully by now you have an idea of your dream job or business. Now I want to make sure that you indeed love what you want to do. So, the next thing is to test your dream against reality. A lot of people find themselves in their dream career, only to realise that it is not what they thought. I know several people who became yoga teachers and belatedly realised that practising it full-time took all the fun out of it. Opening a scuba-diving school in Thailand might seem like an endless holiday, but it is very hard work and will leave you only little time to enjoy the sun and beach yourself. Beware of escape fantasies you have when you hate your job.

So, how can you test your dream? There are two ways:

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How to overcome your Money Block

How to overcome your Money Block


Today I am going to write about one of the biggest obstacles that prevents people from following their dreams – the Moolah! This can be a major block for people especially if they have responsibilities (children, car, mortgage etc.) and cause anxiety. But as with the other obstacles (read about them in my earlier blogs), you need to take a closer look.

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I don’t have the Qualifications

I don’t have the Qualifications


Last week we dealt with the limiting belief of I am too Old. This week I will talk about another common belief that frequently blocks my clients – I don’t have the qualifications.

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I am too Old

I am too Old


One of the things people tell themselves why they cannot follow their dreams is “I am too old”. I told myself this when it came to my childhood dream of becoming a ballet dancer. I was not allowed to do ballet as a child. Even through my teens, I told myself that I was too old because I believed that you had to start ballet as a child to be successful. I imagined that even if I started then, I would be the oldest in a class full of children and would feel embarrassed.

It took me till the age of thirty to realise


I can’t do what I want to do BECAUSE…

Once you start exploring what you really want to do with your life, resistance will raise its ugly head. You will come up with 1001 excuses of why you cannot do what you want. How do you deal with that?

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Love, Rock, Need

It took me several years and many exercises to figure out what I wanted to do. I now want to share with you a few exercises that have worked for me. Have you tried the Day in Heaven exercise yet? Congratulations if you got a full picture of your life from it. If not, here is another exercise for you.

Career Change Pathfinding

A Day in Heaven

During my life, I have struggled several times with the question: “What do I want to do next?” And over time I learnt that it does not always matter if I don’t know exactly what I wanted. It was enough to have some ideas about what I want my life to look like to be able to move forward.

An exercise that I found in Barbara Sher’s book I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was has helped me several times to define my next career. A Day in Heaven also called Your Ideal Day will add more clues to the picture of you and your perfect work/life.