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For my particular job role, as a yield analysis engineer, good organization and communication skills are quite important. Along with having the technical knowledge, being able to properly communicate your ideas/findings is very important. A lot of my day is spent dealing with other people in the factory and it is very important to be able to communicate efficiently with them.
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Works in 3rd level colleges and universities providing information and guidance to students considering educational progression or into employment.


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Brian Howard works as a Guidance Councellor in Newbridge College in Kildare. He attended secondary school in Patrician College Newbridge. Following his Leaving Certificate he went on to do a B.Sc in NUI Maynooth. After completing his H-Dip he spent 5 years teaching Maths and Science before embarking on the Higher Diploma in School Guidance and Councelling in NUI Maynooth.
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  • Providing one-to-one guidance to individuals in relation to their educational and career development.
  • Identifying individual needs using a variety of techniques including guidance interviews, psychometric assessment and other career evaluation tools.
  • Planning, developing and delivering group guidance sessions on all aspects of careers development and work related topics.
  • Using information technology for a wide range of administrative and informational tasks.
  • Establishing links with employers, relevant agencies, professional bodies and further/post-graduate education and training institutions to keep up to date professional and academic developments.
 


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Open to graduates of any discipline. Qualifications will vary depending on institution. Some may require a specific qualification in counselling and adult guidance while others will accept relevant experience or related qualifications such as HR or recruitment experience.

For those seeking membership of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors a recognised qualification in guidance is required.

Most will hold a Post-Graduate diploma trainining programme in adult guidance and counselling.

Last Updated: November, 2014


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Organisation: Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services
  Address: Millennium House 30 Junction Road Sheffield S11 8XB
  Tel: 0044 1142515772
  Email: info@agcas.org.uk
  Url http://www.agcas.org.uk/
   

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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
  Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
  Email: info@publicjobs.ie
  Url www.publicjobs.ie
   

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Organisation: Institute of Guidance Counsellors
  Address: The Basement, 17 Herbert Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 676 1975
  Email: igc@eircom.net
  Url www.igc.ie
   

 

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