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Role of Guidance Counsellor

The guidance counsellor is responsible for providing a range of career education and counselling interventions in your child’s school. She/he helps the young person move from a general understanding of life and work to a more specific understanding of the realistic life, learning and career options available to them. Their work combines the role of personal counselling with that of career guidance.

In the career guidance context, the guidance counsellor is the dedicated specialist and school liaison point with universities, colleges, faculty heads, academic staff and admissions offices. They know their way around access programmes, psychological assessment services, counselling & referral agencies, grants and other financial support measures and procedures, key online careers and educational websites.

The School Guidance Counsellor typically provides a careers and counselling support service across the school student population. As your child proceeds into senior cycle (4th-6th Year), they will often meet in groups and individually with the guidance counsellor to look at options, opportunities, educational routes, and to complete career and psychometric assessments as part of their career development plan.

Note: With recent changes to second level guidance provision, each school operates with differing levels of this service.  

Guidance counsellors are professionally qualified with obligatory degrees and obligatory post graduate qualifications. They are also required to partake in on-going professional development as part of a professional network that convenes on a regular basis. Qualifications are strictly regulated by the Department of Education & Skills and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors www.igc.ie They will have full Garda clearance and work within a recognised Code of Ethics http://www.igc.ie/About-Us/Code-Of-Ethics

Why is the guidance counsellor important to my child’s career journey?

The Guidance Counsellor is the primary and official source of key careers and further education information in your child’s school – including college courses in Ireland, Europe and further afield. They continuously monitor entry requirements, dates, deadlines, exemptions, application procedures and processes. They are trained in career assessment and psychometric testing. They are also trained in counselling techniques. They provide impartial and confidential support to your child and they play a key role in your child’s career planning and development.

CareersPortal Guidance Counselling Service

What is Guidance?

“Guidance facilitates people throughout their lives to manage their own educational, training, occupational, personal, social and life choices so that they reach their full potential and contribute to the development of a better society.” (National Guidance Forum Report 2007)

CareersPortal provides a professional guidance counselling service for students and adults who would like support in making career, educational and/or employment decisions.

This service is of particular benefit to students, career changers, jobseekers, and those looking to explore their career and education options.

To book an appointment, contact bwalsh@careersportal.ie or phone: 01-2090797. All guidance counsellors are fully qualified professionals and members of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.

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