Developing My Career Path

Subject Choice

This resource is designed as a brief guide to students who are in the process of opting for subjects in the Junior Cycle.
This resource can be used to support student learning regarding their interests and aptitudes and can be applied in a classroom setting by presenting to students for completion, followed by discussion of their choices in small groups. 

The resource is provided in Word Document format and contains 5 x Sections:

  • INFORMATION FOR GUIDANCE COUNSELLORS
  • INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
  • INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
  • 'UNDERSTANDING YOUR INTERESTS'
  • 'CAREER STATE INVENTORY (CSI)'

You may find it convenient to seperate out the sections in this document and provide digitally or in printed form to parents / students.

Applying for Jobs

The resource outlines a number of helpful tips for students applying for work experience including how to identify what to apply for and how to prepare a CV and cover letter.

This resource can be used to support student learning regarding their interests and aptitudes and can be applied in a classroom setting by presenting to students for completion, followed by discussion of their choices in small groups.

The resource is provided in word format and contains 3 x Sections

  • INFORMATION FOR GUIDANCE COUNSELLORS
  • INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
  • 'UNDERSTANDNG YOUR INTERESTS'

You may find it convenient to seperate out the sections in this document and provide digitally or in printed form to students.

Navigating the Horizon (TED Talk)

This video presentation focuses on a paradigm shift in the conceptualisation of career. In the labour market a career is not chosen, it is constructed through a series of choices we make throughout our lives. This transformation in the concept of career has implications to the widening paradigm of lifelong guidance and how lifelong career management skills and transversal employability skills can be learned as a continuum from comprehensive education to higher education and adult learning. There is also evidence that in addition to learning outcomes on individual level, coherent career education programmes have wider economic and social outcomes. The beneficiaries include individuals, families, communities and the organisations where they study and work, as well as society as a whole. There is an extensive research base which indicates that lifelong guidance is most effective where it meaningfully connects to the wider experience and lives of individuals and provides services relevant to their needs. It should recognise the diversity of individuals and provide services relevant to their need by combining a range of different interventions. It should also encourage the acquisition of lifelong career management skills.

You can view video recording on YouTube by clicking the 'Resource Link' below.

NCGE - A Whole School Guidance Framework

This Framework is intended to be a resource for schools to support the planning, design and delivery of the whole school guidance programme in line with the requirements of The Education Act (1998), that schools provide students with “access to appropriate guidance to assist them in their educational and career choices” (section 9c). A continuum of support model for the school guidance programme, similar to the school support model of the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS), is presented in the Framework – guidance for all, guidance for some and guidance for a few.The continuum comprises a whole school approach to guidance through guidance-related learning to individualised supports for students.The Framework identifies three areas of learning to facilitate students’ development in eight areas of competence. The areas of learning include: learning relating to oneself (personal/social development), educational opportunities (educational development) and career decision making (career development).