Career Guidance

 

WELCOME TO ST. MARY'S SECONDARY SCHOOL GUIDANCE PORTAL

 

Overview

 

The school provides a comprehensive Guidance and Counselling Service to the student population.

 

While all subject departments are involved in the delivery of educational and vocational guidance, the school's Guidance Counsellor provides a dedicated service to individual students, class and year groups.

 

What your Guidance Counsellor can do for you

 

 

The Guidance Counsellor is a member of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors and regularly attends professional supervision and in-service.

 

 

The Guidance Counsellor can assist students with their learning and course choices by empowering them to:

 

·         Make decisions about subject choice

·         Learn study skills and improve exam techniques

·         Find and understand course information

·         Learn about qualifications and college entry routes

·         Complete HEAR and DARE applications

 

The Guidance Counsellor can assist students with career planning by helping them to:

 

·         Identify their unique strengths and weaknesses

·         Clarify areas of interest

·         Learn how to plan

·         Learn how to prepare for interviews and draft a CV

 

The Guidance Counsellor can support students in managing personal and/or family difficulties by helping them to:

 

·         Learn about psychology

·         Learn about relationships

·         Understand their feelings and moods

(Referral to outside agencies is organised when necessary).

 

What does confidential mean?

 

All students are made aware of the following confidentiality statement and it is read aloud at the start of counselling sessions.

 

“Everything we talk about in our sessions is confidential.  This means that I won’t discuss what you tell me with anyone else.  However, if I believe that there may be a danger to you or to others I will have to tell someone else.  If this happens I will tell you about it before I do it, but you won’t be able to tell me not to do it, because it will be a situation that is so serious that I will have to get help for you outside of here”.

 

How can I arrange an appointment?

 

The guidance counsellor operates an appointment system; students will receive a card outlining their appointment details which they are asked to present to their subject teacher.

 

Information updates

 

Information is regularly disseminated to parents/guardians by individual appointment, parent teacher meetings and information evenings run during the course of the academic year. 

 

The guidance notice board is located near reception.  Students are encouraged to consult this during the year as important information regarding open days, careers and new courses will be displayed.  It is also important that students and parents check St. Mary's Students Council Facebook page.

 

Helpful links

 

CAO:

The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).  Decisions on admissions to undergraduate courses are made by the HEIs who instruct CAO to make offers to successful candidates.

 

https://www.cao.ie

 

 

CAO Guide for parents:

 

http://www2.cao.ie/downloads/documents/CAOparentsguide.pdf

 

 

2017 Common Points Scale:

 

http://www.cao.ie/index.php?page=scoring&s=lcepointsgrid&bb=cps

 

 

Qualifax:

 

Qualifax offers comprehensive information on further and higher education and training courses available in Ireland and further afield.

 

http://www.qualifax.ie/

 

 

Careers Portal:

 

CareersPortal.ie is Ireland’s National Career Guidance website, providing the most up-to-date and relevant career information and resources.

 

 

https://careersportal.ie

 

 

Higher Education Access Route (HEAR):

 

 

The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a college and university scheme that offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are resident in the Republic of Ireland.

 

http://accesscollege.ie/hear

 

 

 

The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE):

 

The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.

 

http://accesscollege.ie/dare

 

Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI):

 

Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) is Ireland’s single national awarding authority for all higher and further education grants. 

 

https://susi.ie

 

Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI):

 

QQI maintains the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) as a system of levels for relating different qualifications (i.e. awards) to one another.  This is a link to the National Framework of Qualifications. 

http://www.nfq-qqi.com

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Contact Us

St Marys Macroom

Tel: 026 41544

Fax: 026 42723

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Website: stmarysmacroom.ie