All students in Ireland are entitled to career guidance at school. This is normally delivered by a Guidance Counsellor and other teachers with expertise in the area. They are there to help students understand about careers and help with any decisions students have to take that effect their career prospects.
Some of the decisions students have to make while at school include:
Your Role as a Parent/Guardian
It’s exciting to be a part of your child’s life as they move onwards into adolescence and adulthood, supporting them as they make decisions and set goals that will guide them into an independent, productive and fulfilling life. There are also challenges, obstacles and anxieties along the way. You have a coaching, counselling and mentoring role but it’s useful to know where you can go for good careers advice, assessment and support.
Parents sometimes contact School Principal and Year Heads as a preliminary point of contact on general career and educational progression queries. They may then be referred on to the school Guidance Counsellor.
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National career guidance resource which incls a Career Exploration toolbox, an Occupational Database, a CAO database and wizard along with facilities to search by employment sector, occupations and courses. Find out more about CareersPortal.ie
The national learners database providing comprehensive information on further and higher education and training courses. Includes links to college and other education / training websites along with detailed information on an extensive selection of careers and a Calendar of Career Events.
Read about specific careers, look at photos of people at work or print out the information to keep. Alernatively you can explore the database based on the type of work you are interested in – e.g. social, scientific & technical etc. etc
The site for the Central Applications Office which processes applications for the majority of first year undergraduate courses in higher education institutes in Ireland
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