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Approximately 93% of our students go on to third level education. This is the highest figure for any school in the Diocese and is one of the highest in the West of Ireland. Our full-time guidance councillor provides career guidance and a counselling service to all students.

The guidance programme includes:

  • Familiarising students with the content of third level courses available and other career information.
  • Helping students through psychological tests to clarify their personal career aspirations.
  • Counselling students seeking help through individual consultations.
  • Teaching job search and decision-making skills.
  • Arranging school visits to third level colleges and other venues, as well as inviting guest speakers to our College.

It is vital that all students are supported in their choice of future career. To ensure this, all students avail of career classes. There is also the option of individual interviews, where students can receive more guidance on their own future prospects and enhance their interview skills. Various aptitude tests are conducted to offer further indicators to the students.

Throughout the school year, students are kept up to date with any relevant upcoming career events and visits to different third level institutions are organised.

Guest speakers are invited into the school on various occasions to offer advice regarding career choice. Their contribution is much appreciated.

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Some Topics Covered By Junior Cert Students


  • Discovering my own personality
  • Setting goals for the future
  • My skills and qualities
  • Personality and success
  • Subject Choices
  • Study and Exams
  • CVs and Interviews
  • Looking for jobs


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Some Topics Covered by Transition Year and Leaving Certificate Pupils


  • Work Experience
  • The value of Transition Year
  • Personal qualities and employment
  • Job applications and interview skills
  • Third Level Options
  • FAS Apprenticeships
  • Senior Cycle Options
  • Post Transition Year Subject Choices
  • Career decisions
  • Positive Planning
  • Making the most of Career Exhibitions
  • Third Level Points- CAO applications
  • Further Education
  • Coping with stress
  • Examination preparation
  • Job sourcing, remuneration, employment rights


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Careers Portal

CAO - Central Applications Office

www.cao.ie

Career Directions
www.careerdirections.ie

Career Advice - CVs, study skills etc
www.fccareers.ie

Database of Third Level courses in Ireland and Britain
http://www.iol.ie/careernet/

FAS - Training and Employment Authority
www.fas.ie

Garda - Official Garda Website
www.garda.ie

Qualifax- The National Courses Database
www.qualifax.ie

The Irish Independent
www.independent.ie

Nightcourses
www.nightcourses.com

Database of Third Level courses in Ireland and Britain
http://www.iol.ie/careernet

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