Dan Kiernan

Careers Coach Oxford, UK

I’m a careers coach who is passionate about helping people make good career choices. I currently work for Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. Follow me on LinkedIn, Twitter and drop me some ideas/feedback via email.

Dan 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 Startup and 10 years working for an Investment Bank. He’s also ran a nightclub, worked as a librarian, laboured for a blacksmith, worked as a personal trainer and been a carpet fitter –  among other things. Having tried so many different paths, he’s perfectly placed to help others in their careers.

Latest Stories from Dan

Question – what’s the best strategy for Zoom interviews?

Question – what’s the best strategy for Zoom interviews?

Not being able to visit a company office for an interview doesn’t mean you can’t have a strategy. Here’s our advice for securing a successful first-time chat with a potential employer. Question: Given most hiring is now done on-line versus in person, what should I change about the way I interview, speak, look etc…? Avalon 18, UK So, you’ve managed to make it to the interview stage of a job...

By Oxford, UK
Three ideas for more effective job hunting

Three ideas for more effective job hunting

Looking for a good approach to finding your next job? Here are my top three ideas for getting you that dream career.  Finding a job can be hard even at the best of times, but throw a pandemic into the mix and you’ve really got a tough task on your hands. Although it may be hard, there are things you can do to increase your chances of bagging a job and...

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Where to get hired post Covid-19

Where to get hired post Covid-19

The pandemic has changed the way businesses around the world operate and run - so where should you be looking to get hired once things return to normal? I’ve been thinking about this in terms of relevance and resilience. I’m not 100% sure which sectors or organisations go in which boxes; you can take your own view on that. But big tech, home delivery services, healthcare, town planning and operations are...

By Oxford, UK
How to make a productive connection with professionals

How to make a productive connection with professionals

Wondering how to make your professional friendships and relationships the best they can possibly be? Here’s a rundown of the most effective approach - and what you’ll want to avoid.  One of my biggest frustrations as a careers advisor is when a student I’ve never met asks me to connect them to a vague category of person they think will be useful to them, for example... “Hi, I’d liek you to...

By Oxford, UK
5 questions to ask yourself about career transitions

5 questions to ask yourself about career transitions

Wondering whether to make a job switch? Make sure you know what you’re getting into and ask yourself these vital questions before you do so. I work with lots of people of all ages who want to make a career transition. I think transitions are REALLY positive - I hate the thought of people being stuck in jobs they hate. However, people often base their desire to make a transition on...

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Question – Translating financial skills into social enterprise work

Question – Translating financial skills into social enterprise work

Your skills in any given area can be useful in other careers and areas of expertise if you know how to make the switch. Here are some top tips from our careers coach.  Question: I have a bit of finance/banking experience (2yrs) but I am looking to pivot in the hopes of working at a social enterprise. What type of social enterprise should I consider as I want to use...

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Question – The best ways to prepare for working abroad

Question – The best ways to prepare for working abroad

Moving to a foreign land for your career can be daunting, but there are things you can do before making the decision and ways you can get ready for the big trip.  Question: I am looking to work at a social enterprise abroad, how do I even begin the process of due diligence and getting advice from people who are currently working there? Alaia 21, UK Sounds like a great adventure...

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Question – Should you spend 50 hours preparing to swap careers?

Question – Should you spend 50 hours preparing to swap careers?

How long should you spend reaching out to the relevant people in a field you’re interested in? Here are our top tips on time management.  Question: If somebody wanted to transition career, how many hours would you advise them to invest in talking to practitioners in their chosen field? Would 50 hours be enough? If you want to make the transition in a year (perhaps you are about to start the...

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How do you figure out what to do with your career?

How do you figure out what to do with your career?

Working out where your career is going can be tricky, but here are some tips to help guide you toward making those hefty life decisions.  My take is that you can't figure out what you want to do only by self-reflection. Naval gazing will only take you so far. Pretty quickly, you have to get feedback on your ideas, and test out theories about yourself, as well as broaden your...

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Question – How to connect with people and companies during Covid

Question – How to connect with people and companies during Covid

Coronavirus has changed the way we make new work relationships. Here is how you can still get networking in lockdown. Question: Given the very difficult environment post Covid, most offices are shut. What is the best way to connect to people at the company and who is the best person to approach? Harry 21, UK Great question Harry, connecting with people to learn more about the workplace is an essential part...

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