Make the next step in your career count.

There are some people who are fortunate enough to find themselves on their ideal career path by chance or without giving it much thought. This is certainly not the case for everyone. Some, do not put enough consideration into choosing their occupations or  may pick them for the wrong reasons. Perhaps, they choose careers that seem secure or pay well, although they do not have any interest in the actual work. Consequently, many of these people will end up unhappy with their job. The best way to make sure that does not happen to you is to make a well-thought out decision about your career and what you really want to do. Here at Elevate Career Advice, we sincerely believe that proper consideration of and passion for a particular occupation is the key to success, self-fulfilment and future happiness. 

For over 30 years, James Fitzsimons of Elevate Executive Selection has been helping clients both locally and internationally choose their career direction. From school leaver to “C” suite executive, James has created a range of individually tailored programs that prepares and supports clients as they move through the different stages of career transition.


"I just want to drop you a quick email to let you know that I have been offered the Retail Marketing job at JD Sports, that my interview was for last Thursday, which I am delighted about! Your help was invaluable and made such a difference to the way I interviewed. Thanks again James, and hopefully we will cross paths again in the near future"

Cliona McDonnellBrand Manager – McDonalds - 2020

“The information given to me and the preparation with James for my interview was invaluable. He taught me skills and pointed out weaknesses that I otherwise would not have recognized myself. I was able to use these skills and techniques during my interview for an internship with a law firm in Ireland and I am certain that I will retain and continue to use these skills throughout my career. His experience prepared me and was most certainly the reason for my success.”

Rachel PereiraAssociate - Clifford Chance - 2020

“I leave on Tuesday 31st August to commence my International Exchange at the University of Minnesota, School of Law. It has been a very rewarding summer made all the more successful by the advice and coaching skills received from you. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for all your help. Making contact with you at the very early stage of the process was the key. Your input into the presentation and content of my CV was invaluable and with a strong application I secured an interview. Again, in preparing for the interview you were always encouraging, positive and empowering. The ultimate success in being awarded the internship can be attributed to your coaching techniques and the careful planning process you guided me through. For all of us who embark on the process of applying and competing for positions for the first time, it can be a daunting task. With your help and guidance, I feel that I have acquired the skills to succeed in obtaining interviews and participating in them in a professional, confident and sincere manner. I have recommended you to a number of my friends as I feel they will benefit from your coaching skills just as I have. Again James, my sincere thanks."

Patrick BrophyAssociate Vice President, Legal at ORIX Aviation 2020

“I contacted James when I was looking for a change in career. In a structured series of meetings, we discussed areas as wide ranging as personal branding, energy, motivations, dealing with recruiters from agents to entrepreneurs, the image we project, the future as well as the taste of great coffee! Through the process James was intuitive, straight talking, incisive and, importantly for me, flexible in his approach when needed. Following the process I was far more assured of the next steps I wanted in my career, and as a result I was able to follow this through with a more focused and confident approach.”

Paul Geoghegan

“I can definitely say I would recommend James Fitzsimons for interview preparation and advice. James’ simplistic yet effective approach regarding the structure and content of a vast range of interview questions allowed me to best prepare for upcoming interviews. It was an extremely beneficial experience and would encourage anyone seeking graduate recruitment in the near future to avail of his services”.

“Good news thankfully – got a traineeship with William Fry. Very happy.”

Marcus TadrosAssociate - Clifford Chance - 2020

"I've had the fortune of receiving James' advice and mentorship over the last 6-7 years since he first helped me out with planning a career in software development. At various times since, he's helped me with things like CV writing, interview preparation, and with advice that's helped me grow my own freelance business. Elevate Career Advice has been invaluable to me and I would 100% recommend them to anyone that's starting out in their career."

Cian MulvilleSoftware Developer

"I began working with James during my final year of University. He helped me prepare my CV and coached me on interview techniques. James was patient and methodical in the many discussions we had about my potential future career paths and, in doing so, he helped me to formulate a much clearer vision of the direction I wanted to go in.

With no interview experience at the time, James' approach helped me develop my personal 'brand' that I would 'sell' to potential employers and this enabled me to gain confidence in my delivery. His guidance and structured approach were invaluable and I strongly feel that they played an integral part in me securing my current position. I would highly recommend James to both graduates as well as anyone seeking to change career paths."

Tadhg O'ShaughnessyBermuda – Graduate Broker – Prospect Brokers

“I’m delighted to inform you that I’ve been offered a role with Bank of Ireland, starting next Monday. Sincere thanks for all your help, as I wouldn’t have been able to secure this without you!"

Liam DunneBank of Ireland

Video Testimonials

Sophie Lawless

Trainee Solicitor – Eversheds – 2020

Dr Lara Gander

University Hospital Galway 2020

Liam Dunne

Bank of Ireland

The Career Planning Process Has Four Steps:

Step 1

Knowing Yourself:

  • Who are you?
  • What do you like?
  • What is your dream job/career?

Step 2

Finding Out:

  • How?
  • The Process
  • Research

Step 3

Making Decisions

  • Ask questions
  • Have support and a robust process
  • Use the available tools

Step 4

Research and  Creating a Plan

  • Where?
  • Bring it together
  • Be content

Career Direction


Preparation of CV / Resumé

Interview Preparation