Log in
Facebook Twitter Linked In RSS Email

88: Career Advice from Graduates 10 years out of University With Paul Murphy


Podcast: 1000 years of career advice with Paul Murphy

My guest in this episode is Paul Murphy, author of 1000 Years of Career Advice, based on interviews with 100 graduates about their work experiences in the 10 years following university.

Paul has over 10 years of experience working in various finance roles for multinational firms. He qualified as an accountant (ACA) while working with a big 4 professional services firm in their advisory department. He is also a qualified project manager (Prince 2), programme manager (Managing Special Programmes), and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

1000 Years of Career Advice with Paul Murphy

He was inspired to write this book while he was working in finance in a career field which his parents had encouraged, but not in something he felt particularly passionate about. He realised that many of the people he knew also found themselves led into careers more by circumstances than by their own design.

Was he alone in not liking what his career had become? He investigated to find out and--spoiler alert: his situation wasn’t unique or even unusual.  When I spoke with Paul, he shared his findings on why people end up in a place they never intended and what they can do about it.

The Choices we Make

Paul’s interviews reveal so much about careers in the real world because they reflect real experiences. There’s also invaluable advice for people who want to make a career change and for new graduates (or about-to-be graduates) who want to move into a career they love.

For the lucky few who are inspired from a young age or who have a great passion or talent, choosing a career is easy. However, Paul found that most people aren’t in that situation. He found that ten years down the career road, some people felt trapped, that maybe it was too late to start over again. Paul’s advice in that situation? Look forward. Don’t worry about the sunk costs/years. If you really want to, it is not too late to change career.

1000 years of career advice by Paul Murphy.


Paul’s interviews are individual case studies in how to shape your career.
Some of his tips are:

  1. Get as broad an experience as possible, especially in your twenties, so you get a good idea of what you do and do not like. It’s a great time to give things a try before you get too many responsibilities.
  2. Network—that is, don’t be afraid to get in touch with people to learn about what they do. Most people love to talk about themselves and will be happy to tell you about the highs and lows in their jobs, and practical issues you may not have thought about.
  3. Do things which make you uncomfortable. You’ll learn a lot about yourself and what suits you.
  4. Travel and get experience from around the world to learn about different processes and cultures and how things work.


Paul also stressed that you shouldn’t stay in one place too long. If after two years you’re no longer learning and you don’t see a way ahead, think about making a change.

Make Your Own Work Experience

My favourite tip from Paul is an inventive way to get work experience by volunteering your social media skills to small businesses who may lack that expertise. Agree to work for two weeks to get their online presence established. It’s an excellent way to get useful work experience and gain great business insight.

For more on career paths check out Paul’s website 1000yearsofcareeradvice.com

1000 Years of Career Advice by Paul Murphy is available from Amazon.

About the Grow Your Own Podcast

The Grow Your Own Podcast is sponsored by Career Maximiser, an online course I have developed to help you take charge of your career. The course takes you step by step through the process of deciding on your next career move and how to successfully market yourself to employers. No more confusion, no more guessing, it’s based on 18 years of tried and tested careers advice which will give you the clarity and the confidence you need to stand out to recruiters. If you'd like to find out more, head over to careermaximiser.com


With nearly 50% of people dissatisfied with their #work, entrepreneurship is often the dream. Find out how to break… https://t.co/WLTZiN9YAc
18 hours ago

Follow us on twitter

Clients are saying...

  • "Your recent Career Farm webinars have really inspired me to take the steps to transition into the Sustainability sector." 2015 MBA Graduate
  • Newbanq"Thanks for your lecture, it was really inspiring" David Garcia, CTO Newbanq, Exec MBA IESE
  • Odai NemriThe MBA Maximiser provided me with a clear documented roadmap that will help me in tracking and achieving both short and long term career goals” Odai Nemri, Management Consultant, Hay Group
  • Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 10.41.31 "The audio on MBA Maximiser gets really specific, with very precise advice that I can really put to work immediately. Thank you for producing and sharing it!"  Bozhidar Draganov, MBA student, Emlyon 2014
  • microsoft"This is really important work - both as an HR professional and as a client - I see that. Having passion around your work and getting what you want out of work / life balance is vital." -Sara Graham, HR Manager, Microsoft Corporation.
  • Prudential Logo"I have found Jane to be very client centric with a strong ability to blend concept with pragmatism. I would highly recommend Jane and look forward to working with her in the future" - Ajay Bakshi, Head of Talent, Prudential Plc UK
  • IESE Logo"By taking you through systematically through the whole career change process, the book will not only help you overcome any anxiety you may have in the face of change but provide a solid framework for taking sound career management decisions." - Rosie Innes, Associate Director, MBA Career Services
  • "I am loving your book. As an avid reader of these "types" of books, I can honestly say this is one of the best. Plus, I love the British spin...keeps things interesting for me, an American." - Dylan O'Connor
  • Vlerick Business School"The competency based interview days are a very useful investment for two reasons: 1. Students gain practical experience in interviewing for real jobs. 2. Students receive valuable feedback to help them refine their interviewing skills. The Career Farm trainers are dedicated professionals who are fantastic to work with from both a participant and organiser point of view." - Yolanda Habets, MBA Programme Manager
  • mannheim-business-schoolMannheim Business School rated the content of the workshop 'How to do well at competency based assessment centers'  4.82 out of 5
  • Mingzhi YuSocial Media Workshop - IESE "It was really good.  In fact I started to improve my LinkedIn profile straightaway." - Mingzhi Yu, IESE 2016 MBA Candidate
  • IESE LogoIESE Business School rated our 'Mock Interview Sessions' 4.5 out of 5

As seen in:

Financial Times The Guardian Association of MBAs mba-intelligence200px-Daily_Telegraph.svg