Always Ready - Career Accelerator

- Grab Your Next Leadership Opportunity!

Do any of these sound familiar?

  • You’ve applied for lots of leadership roles but YOU JUST KEEP GETTING KNOCKED BACK and you don’t know why.

  • You QUESTION whether you have enough examples and if they are good enough.
  • You’re TIRED of others being promoted before you and it seems like they can just ‘talk the talk’. You’ve been doing the jobs and working hard and it seems REALLY UNFAIR.

  • You’re at your WITS END – you feel like giving up because each time you apply you try different things but your hopes are dashed.

  • The decision to move to a leadership job is A HUGE DECISION for you and your family – but you know that you can do it – you just need to know HOW TO SHOW THEM THAT.

  • You’re AFRAID and OVERWHELMED because you feel your lack of experience in the Irish education system will go against you when you are applying for jobs in Ireland.
  • You’ve been in a leadership role abroad (and loved it) but you feel rusty. You may fear that the Irish language will need lots of work, you need to upskill in the curriculum and overall, you feel that the education system has moved on since you left and you LACK CONFIDENCE when applying for jobs.

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What if it was easy to make big, bold changes in your career?

If you have 2 - 6 weeks to prepare - then I can help you with that.

  • If you’re ready to talk about your journey, what you have to offer and change the way that you think about the challenge – I can help!
  • If you’re ready to put in a bit of ground work – brushing up on your vocabulary, self-talk and connect with others to build your network – then I’m celebrating your wins with you!
  • If you’re ready to go on a journey – because the avenues that you’ve taken to date were dead ends – then I’ll shine a light!
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John is ready with his job application

*John reached out because he was tired of a lack of opportunities in his school. Despite having lots of teaching experience and leadership experience before he began teaching - he felt that his principal was blocking his opportunities to progess in his school. 

With an AP1 role to prepare for, and an objective to secure a senior leadership role in a school closer to home - John chatted with me on his clarity call and explained that his objective was to complete his job application form and not to feel under undue pressure when the roles were advertised. 

Over the course of the 6 weeks, John enjoyed learning from the guest speakers in The Teachers' Promotion Club. Each week he logged into the group and listened to a training on his way to work and accessed  the interview focueded  videos in 'Help! I've an Interview in a Week'. He focused on trainings that would get him closer to becoming a senior school leader. 

At the end of our time together because he was accountable to me and our planned 1-1 sessions - it meant that he completed his job application form and we tweaked it  so that it can be used to apply for a variety of jobs in different schools  whenever they are advertised. John is ready for this next exciting stage in his career.

Here's why the Always Ready - Career Accelerator worked for him

  • He received regular feedback and support
  • He now has confidence in his job application and solid belief that his form will impress
  • He has phrases and new skils to tailor his form/s for the future
  • He can see his clear path towards leadersip and career change.

Here's what John had to say the best parts of Always Ready Career Accelerator were for him. 

"First and foremost, the variety of  The Teachers' Promotion Club and the speakers helped me to think of the direction that my career is going in. Secondly, the accountability that you provide. I need someone to hold me to account and to get me thinking and working on my job application form and you did that. And thirdly, your positivity and I see how much you love your job and how good that you are at it. It makes this package invaluable". 

How it Works

Have you ever been frustrated that so much time is taken up worrying about not feeling prepared for leadership roles and interviews - when your time is actually better spent learning and taking action.

That's what 'Always Ready - Grab Your Next Leadership Opportunuity' is all about. Put aside all doubts and reservations and you'll work on your confidence and knowledge that 'you got this!'

We will work together over 2-6 weeks and you'll get...

  • MINDSET: A 2 x 45 min strategy sessions or 1 x 1.5 hour session with me to get 1-1 feedback and personalied tips to move you forwards.
  • MARKETING: Use Voxer Fridays to get 1-1 support and tips to improve your job applications. 
  • INTERVIEW SKILLS: Lifetime access to 'Help! I've an Interview in a Week' - my self-led comprehensive interview course designed to help you upskill for leadership interviews.
  • GROWTH: 6 weeks access to 'The Teachers' Promotion Club' including weekly access to me via the Voxer app each Friday.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: Regular 'bum kick' accountability messages and emails - to help you continue taking action towards your goals.

🎉 Here's What my Clients Are Saying 🎉

Orla Dempsey Coaching

“Orla is really passionate about what she does. Before I booked in for a coaching session with Orla I felt stuck in one or two areas due to the ‘busyness’ of life and work.

Booking the session and meeting with Orla felt like a weight lifted and helped me focus on the important things to me that I was otherwise putting on the long finger.

Having accountability was key to help move me forward. I am looking forward to my next session. I would highly recommend anyone thinking about booking a session with Orla, to do it.”

Co. Meath

Orla Dempsey Coaching

“In just a few weeks of coaching with Orla I have already begun to change the way I think about my career. I have modernised my CV, pushed myself further than I have in years and opened myself to new opportunities.

Orla is dedicated and really knows her stuff. I wasn’t even sure what a career coach was one short month ago!”

Co. Cork

Online Courses (8) Help! I've an Interview in a Week!

“Help! I’ve an Interview in a Week was a great place to start to get to grips with the language and thinking involved in a competency-based interviews.
The main thing I got from this course was how to answer the competency-based questions relevantly and convincingly, I knew the theory but not how to answer questions about it competently.
I enjoyed the repetition of the answer material - because it helped me to further process and tie together the information. It weas also great to see how many of the domains were interconnected in terms of examples.
Finally, this course helped me become more aware of my practice in the school in terms of leading and managing. ”

Co. Waterford

Get ready to welcome in change and finally feel unstuck in your teaching career.


Your investment in - Always Ready! Grab Your Next Leadership Opportunity is €1259

(payment plans available)

Want to know more? Book a call with me now.

Julie greatly improved her chance of securing a job in Ireland

*Julie  got in touch because she was returning home from the UAE to raise her family at home in Ireland. She enjoyed her life there and she had gained lots of leadership experience – but having young children meant that she was missing home and she wanted her parents to have a greater connection with her young sons.

She knew that it would be a challenge for a post primary teacher to get a full-time job with her subjects and so, she reached out to me.

Julie’s main thoughts were that she was going to face a huge battle because of her lack of ‘Irish experience’. I acknowledged that yes, having an ‘Irish network’ is helpful so I encouraged her to reach out to past classmates and ask if they had any tips or recommendations for her move home.She learned from others and joined Facebook Groups with Irish teachers who teach her subjects in order to upskill and learn what the vocabulary and demand was like for secondary teachers with her subjects. She kept a journal with all her observations.

I could see immediately that she was highly skilled and a look at her CV meant that I could help her tweak some information so that it was impressive and relatable for the Irish setting.

With every step that Julie took – she grew in confidence. When she learned some simple marketing skills, she immediately started to get more interview offers and got a part-time role in a school that really interested her. Shortly after – she secured full time hours.

Taking small stepping stones and making the huge leap to establish her career back home was frightening at times – but with support, Julie learned quickly what she needed to do to re-establish her roots in Ireland and in the education system here. She took action and she is now happily working in Co. Louth.  🎉

Look at What Else is Included to Help You Up Your Game!

SHINE Masterclass

✨ Learn how to SHINE. SHINE is my new leadership focued framework to increase awareness and empower teachers to move forwards.

🤩 Build your Confidence - dress as if.., read motivational quotes and assess your confidence growth AND

🤜 Improve your inner self talk - learn to focus in the abundance of what you are and not the lack of what you are not. 

6 Week Access to The Teachers' Promotion Club

Access the highly popular teacher membership - designed to help teachers move to their next level.

 🏫Pick up tips and access trainings on LAOS, Interviews, Job Applications and more.

 📳Access weekly support via the Voxer Friday support group

 🏃‍♀️ Learn on the Go - Access all of my course content on the handy Simplero app!!

Accountability and Progress

Choose to take a few actions on one day each week or one action daily - you will be confident in the knowlwdge that you'venot left everything until the last minute. 

 🏁 Take steps - actions that have gone on the log finger before this.

 👌 Feel ready when the right job or post comes around.

Hi! I'm the Teacher Promotion Coach and I'm a Primary School Teacher.

In 2015 and 2016, I applied for loads of jobs. I didn't get them. I felt devastated, lonely and desperate to tell others that I'd secured a role. In 2017, when I became a Career and Life Coach I understood why specific competencies and specific experiences were important. I then, understood why I didn't get those roles.

If you're here because you feel the same - then I see you. I know that life is busy - you're pulled in many directions and yet, you sometimes doubt if your examples are good enough.

Applying for these roles takes time and energy. It can be very stressful getting over the line.

For other teachers - the time is right but their interview skills are so rusty they feel overwhelmed and don't know where to start. 

Are YOU ready?

I can help you to fast track the learning that took me 12+ years to learn. Always Ready - Grab Your Next Leadership Opportunity will show you how!

To your career success, 

Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the questions people most frequently ask me about the Always Ready Program

🎯 Who Is It For?

Many teachers come to me and say “I’ve applied for many roles but I just keep being rejected".

Others come to me saying that they are terrified of returning to Ireland – because they feel that they will be in with a struggle despite having lots of new experience – but they feel that this will not be valued.

Without support, these teachers may continue on a difficult path BUT…when accessing my knowledge of the education system and marketing expertise - this program 'Always Ready' will help them change from feeling 'lost to in control' of their next steps.

🎯 Why do I need 2-6 weeks?

You will get most impact from this program if you give time and attention to the process.

By logging into Help, I've an Interview in a Week, sending me the occasional voice message and focusing on the process to build your skills and confidence your subconscious brain will feel reassured. 

When you're taking big changes that will change your life - it's important to put yourself first. 

Empower yourself by leaving enough time to complete your SAF, improve your interview skills and prepare for this big change. 

🎯 When Does This Course Start?

Places are limited. Each month, I work with just 2-3 teachers on this Always Ready Program. At the height of job season, you may be placed on a waiting list. 

🎯 I don't have 6 weeks - can I do this program in a shorter timeframe?

Yes, it is possible to review your SAF and help you to improve your interview skills in 2-3 weeks. 

If you are under pressure with all that's going on in school I can help make the job application/interview stage run more smoothly. 

You will need to prioritise improving these skills during that time however -💥 IF. YOU. WANT. TO. BECOME. DP/PRINCIPAL/AP.

When you choose to make this big career move - and you're ready and willing to step up your game - then I can help you with my area of expertise - job seeking skills and interview performance. 

🎯 Will this help me be in a better position on my return from abroad?

Absolutely! If you’re planning your trip home and you’re scared about September 2023 – then I’m here for you. When you invest in ‘Always Ready’ – You will feel ready in just a few weeks, you’ll know what to do and you’ll be taking action to reconnect with those who can help you in Ireland so that things are easier and more successful when you are back home.

🎯 How Does This Differ from Help! I've an Interview in a Week?

Help! I’ve an Interview in a Week is a fantastic course designed to help teachers prepare for the actual interview itself – e.g. how to cope with nerves, how to interpret LAOS, how to understand the 4 domains, how to use the STAR technique etc. It is broken up into short videos that you can access any time that you like.

The objective of ‘Always Ready’ is to equip teachers with a broader focus and increased support so that they are focusing deep down on their confidence levels, releasing themselves from fears of what ‘others may say’ or fears about ‘making the change’ back to the Irish education system etc. With ‘Always Ready’ - whether the interview happens in 2 weeks or in 6 months – you will have worked on your mindset and you’re now starting from the inside lane! You'll ALWAYS BE READY!

🎯 How does this differ from The Teachers’ Promotion Club?

With this program you're getting a fantastic mix!

  • Help! I’ve an Interview in a Week has a narrow focus,
  • The Teachers’ Promotion Club has a broad focus – with accountability, guest speakers, challenges, group questions answered.
  • ‘Always Ready – brings together all the best parts of my trainings and supports for teachers.
  • You get top-class trainings PLUS 1- SUPPORT.

🎯 How will I become accountable to you?

I will assign you some tasks to complete each week and you can let me know how you are doing via return emails. Fridays are Voxer Fridays too and you can ask me any questions or celebrate any successes each Friday too. And of course, I’ll be sending you regular bum-kick emails to encourage you to get back on/remain on track.

🎯 How does this differ from a 1-1 with you?

My 1-1 leadership sessions are fantastic ways to improve your skills in job applications and interviews.

In terms of the Always Ready - Career Accelerator Program these are the main benefits you'll receive:

  • Cost Effective: Individual investments in leadership interview sessions is €379 and it is €479 for SAF Reviews - so with lifetime access to inceedible courses and with comprehensive 1-1 support - to secure you the role of your dreams - Always Ready is a unique and important investment in your career. 
  • Comprehensive Support: I established ‘Always Ready’ because I noticed that some people were asking me for more support after individual 1-1 sessions. With this service you get ongoing access to me.
  • Confidence Building: Their confidence was low and they need time and support to bring it to a place where they could do themselves justice.
  • Pinpoint Areas for Career Growth: Other teachers could not identify independently where they were missing the mark in leadership job applications and interviews and this is causing them pain and confusion. Investing in Always Ready will help you identify AND implement small actions to build your leadership capacity.

Putting my best online resources together with 1-1 coaching support - makes this an all-round package for them. Imagine the lightbulb moments that you could have - when all this support comes together!

🎯 What if I’m already in The Teachers’ Promotion Club?

If you are already a member of The Teachers’ Promotion Club – we will pause your membership until 6 weeks have passed.

🎯 What if I already invested in Help! I’ve an Interview in a Week?

If you already invested in my leadership interview course then – I’m happy to add some extra time to your Teachers’ Promotion Club membership. Drop me an email at to chat about it.

🎯 Will you help me with secondment applications/preparation?

Yes, absolutely – I will help you make your application stand out and we can work on this also during our 1-1 session and during Voxer Fridays.

🎯 Is this suitable for post primary teachers too?

Yes, indeed. A huge part of my business is helping clients at post-primary level complete their leadership job applications and prepare for interviews.

All content is suitable for you as a post-primary teacher too.

Claire secured her dream place in college studying Speech and Language Therapy

Another of my clients, I'll call her *Claire - came to me - with a desire to complete a course in Speech and Language Therapy which she felt that her future career would benefit from.

Claire wanted to work with students and children with language difficulties and identified that she that she would love to complete in order for her to leave the classroom eventually and work in this area.

Here's how we approached her goal.

Identifying the Objective: Firstly, together we looked at the requirements of the course and created a CV and an application letter, which showed her passions and experience with children with language difficulties.

Letter of Application: Claire wrote her application letter well, and I added lots of extra details to ensure that it would be able to be read and skimmed through effectively and really captured the reader's eye. Most of the content was her own, but revamping the look of the letter really made a huge impact.

CV: With the CV she just gave me a brief outline with about her experience but the information was bare – She was unsure how to create a CV.  So what I did was ask her of her experience, especially focusing on anytime she had worked with the student language difficulties - because that's what the college would want to see.

The process took about 90 minutes and by the end of the session, Claire knew exactly what she needed to fit in to finish off and improve her CV. In fact, she was coming up with the phrases herself with ease!

RESULTS:  I am thrilled to announce that Claire has just let me know that she has secured her place in the course this is the first step to a new future. She is now on her way to fulfilling her dreams of moving out of the classroom and working with those whom she knows will really benefit from her experience.

After you enrol in 'Always Ready - Grab Your Next Leadership Opportunity' you will engage in the following steps:

  • Course Access: Gain immedate access to 'Help I've an Interview in a Week' and 'The Teachers' Promotion Club'.
  • Quiz: Fill in the quiz to find out which part of the course to start at - based on your specific needs. 
  • 1-1 Session: Get access to your booking link for your job application review. Jump straight in and take action on your form and finally, get you closer to your leadership role. 
  • Implementation Stage. Weeks 2-6 (if time allows),  you will take small, consistent actions to build your confidence, your network and your capacity to show others that you're a great leader and that you have what it takes.
  • Voxer Fridays: Connect with me each Friday to ask questions, seek support and outline your progress. 
  • Interview Skills Session: At the end of our time together - we will have another 45 minue session together to improve your interview skills and discuss your progress, celebrate and/or plan your steps going forward. 
  • Ongoing Course Access: You have lifetime access to 'Help! I've an Interview in a Week' for whenever you need it for career progression and growth. 
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