Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Lisa Kelly from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Lisa Kelly

Speech and Language

Health Service Executive

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  Lisa Kelly

Get some experience working with both children and the elderly and feel comfortable working with both. Throughout college you will take part in clinical placements where you will be required to work with various age groups.

Work hard in school and achieve good Leaving Cert. results in order to get the necessary points for entry into the course.

Research the career thoroughly and arrange to speak with a speech and language therapist to discuss the job further.

Think about the personal characteristics mentioned below that are important for the job and think about whether you possess these characteristics

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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Welcome

CareersPortal.ie is committed to providing useful, relevant and up-to-date information to assist all people when making career decisions. In this section of the site we provide quick access to information and resources that may be useful to Career Guidance professionals in the course of their daily work.

REACH+ Programme - [TY & Leaving Cert Senior Cycle Only] 
 

Ten things you may not know about the Programme
Brochure
Order Form 2016/17
What Guidance Counsellors say about REACH+
What is REACH+  Handout for Parents
REACH+ Powerpoint Overview for Parent Nights [8 slides]
Review of REACH+ in Guideline [pdf file]
Review of REACH+ in NCGE News [pdf file]
CareersPortal vs REACH+ [pdf file]
Student/Parents Flyer [pdf file]

REACH Certificates
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Generic TY Certificate [pdf file]
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WorkXperience Programme - [TY / Leaving Cert / FETAC] 

CareersPortal hosts a comprehensive online WorkXperience programme for use in second level schools and FETAC colleges.

  Go to WorkXperience Programme
Get info on our WorkXperience Diary and Workbook

The following downloads highlight the core issues involved for the main participants involved in school work placements. We suggest giving each student a copy of the Student Worksheet, and a copy of the Parent Guide for their parents.
For employers new to offering a work placement, we recommend passing on the Employers Guide.
For teachers new to work placements we recommend the Teachers Guide
The Student Worksheet is designed to help prepare for a work placement in advance.
The Summary Worksheet is designed to summarise experience obtained during a work placement.

  Worksheet - Student Worksheet [pdf - 554Kb, 4 pages]
Worksheet - Parents Guidelines [pdf - 525Kb, 4 pages]
Worksheet - Employers Guidelines [pdf - 830Kb, 7 pages]
Worksheet - Teachers Guidelines [pdf - 480Kb, 8 pages]
Worksheet - Work Placement Summary [pdf - 88Kb, 1 page]


The following list includes links to sections of this website, to other frequently used websites and to our downloadable worksheets for use with students and clients.

Most worksheets and lesson plans have been designed for use in the post primary school setting for use by Guidance Counsellors in a classroom setting.

Further Lesson Plans and worksheets are being developed. If you have suggestions for lesson plans/worksheets you can send these to info@careersportal.ie. Feedback on the use of these resources is welcomed, and will be posted on this section of the site.

Career Skills
Introduces the topic of transferable skills. Includes Self-assessment exercise on 26 key skills. CareerSkills competition is for 2nd Level only (TY & Leaving Certs) 

 

Go to the CareerSkills section of thei site  CareerSkills Competition 2015

Certificate of Participation - 2015

Competition - Answerbooks and other resources
Competition Instructions - TY
Competition Instructions - LC & LCVP
Competition Instructions - Adult Learners

Go to the Career Skills section of this site  CareerSkills - Web Section
Worksheet - Career Skills Self-Assessment [pdf - 540Kb, 4 pages]
Worksheet - Career Skills Self-Assessment - Irish [pdf - 560Kb, 4 pages]

Lesson Plan - Career Skills [pdf - 194Kb, 2 pages] 
Worksheet - Job Roles 1 - 10 [pdf - 464Kb, 10 pages]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Hospital [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Band [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Airline [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Hotel [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Supermarket [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Hairdresser [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Sports Team [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Restaurant [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Construction Site [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Secondary School [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Blank [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]


IGC Documents
The following worksheets are based on the 2015 -2016 CAO application process and are designed as a means of ensuring that all students are fully au fait with the rules and procedures around the CAO application system. Designed and provided by Beatrice Dooley, Guidance Counsellor
 

Click the following links to download the worksheets

Worksheet 1 General introduction
Worksheet 2 CAO HBook pages 2 – 5
Worksheet 3 CAO HBook pages 6 – 10
Worksheet 4 CAO HBook pages 9 – 13
Worksheet 5 CAO HBook pages 14 – 16
Worksheet 6 CAO HBook pages 18 – 20
Worksheet 7 CAO HBook pages 21 – 23

The following documents are from the IGC in response to recent labour market publications.

Review of Apprenticeship
Labour Market SubCommittee Submission to ForFas
Realising Opportunities A Vision for Further Education and Training
2013 Submission to the Department of Social Protection


Work Placements
These downloads highlight the core issues involved for the main participants involved in school work placements. We suggest giving each student a copy of the Student Worksheet, and a copy of the Parent Guide for their parents.
For employers new to offering a work placement, we recommend passing on the Employers Guide.
For teachers new to work placements we recommend the Teachers Guide
The Student Worksheet is designed to help prepare for a work placement in advance.
The Summary Worksheet is designed to summarise experience obtained during a work placement.

  Worksheet - Student Worksheet [pdf - 554Kb, 4 pages]
Worksheet - Parents Guidelines [pdf - 525Kb, 4 pages]
Worksheet - Employers Guidelines [pdf - 830Kb, 7 pages]
Worksheet - Teachers Guidelines [pdf - 480Kb, 8 pages]
Worksheet - Work Placement Summary [pdf - 88Kb, 1 page]

Junior Cycle Resources

The following worksheets have been designed to facilitate the delivery of a careers programme in Junior Cycle

  Worksheet - Career Investigation JC [pdf - 472Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Career Sectors JC [pdf - 379Kb, 2 pages]
Worksheet - Community Project Exercise JC [pdf - 475Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Sector Investigation JC [pdf - 467Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Skills in Retail JC [pdf - 541Kb, 2 pages]
Worksheet - Subject Choice for STEM JC [pdf - 614Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - World of Work Map [pdf - 0.9Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - World of Education Map [pdf - 257Kb, 1 page]

Powerpoint for parents nights
Simple Powerpoint designed to provide a brief introduction to the site to parents. Contains notes with suggested comments for each slide [View / Notes Page). Can be edited to suit your requirements. No animations.

  Powerpoint - Parents introduction [ppt - 6.8Mb, 14 pages]

Finding CAO Courses
We maintain our own CAO database to allow full integration with all aspects of our site. All courses are linked directly to Qualifax and college websites. Searching is through a simple search (CAO code, Title, College or combinations thereof) or Wizard (student friendly step-by-step approach)

  Go to CAO Simple Search  Simple Search
Go to CAO Wizard  Wizard
  Course Videos
Launch the CAO Points Calculator  Points Calculator
Qualifax CAO Search
CAO Events (from Qualifax)
College Open Days (from Qualifax)
CAO Website

 

The following downloadable worksheets assist students identifying CAO courses by introducing 22 course subject areas alongside other criteria to create a working shortlist of courses for further investigation. Used in conjunction with the CAO Wizard on this site.

  Worksheet - CAO CourseFinder [pdf - 680Kb, 4 pages]
Worksheet - CAO Course Investigation Form [pdf - 133Kb, 1 page]


Career Interests
An introduction to the concept of Career Interests with descriptions and links. Use of the Interest Profiler requires the user to register (free). Can be used for matching Occupations and CAO and PLC courses.
  Create a new account for a user  New Registration (opens in new window)
Go the the Career Interests section of the site  Career Interests - Web Section

The following downloadable worksheets introduce the notion of career interest categories in an interactive classroom based setting.
Lesson Plan [pdf - 236Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Community Project Exercise [pdf - 97Kb, 1 page]

Industry Sectors (Career categories)
Provides a basic introduction to 32 industry sectors. Each sector has associated up-to-date news, occupations, courses, and more.

The following downloadable worksheets enable students do a 'Sector Investigation' and present finding back to the class.
Lesson Plan [pdf - 236Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Career Sectors [pdf - 215Kb, 2 pages]
Worksheet - Sector Investigation [pdf - 95Kb, 1 page]

Career Investigation
  Go to the A-Z Occupations Search Page  A-Z Occupations
Search for Occupations by Industry Sector  Occupations by Industry Sector
Search Occupations by Career Interests  Occupations by Interests
View a list of Occupations identified by the Expert Skills Group as being in demand in the comming years  Occupations with possible Future Skills Shortages
Go to a list of Job Holder Video and Career Interviews  Career Interviews with Jobholders (Videos - Interviews)

Worksheet designed to hold information collected during a career investigation, e.g. as used in the LCVP
  Worksheet - Career Investigation [pdf - 158Kb, 2 pages]

Learning Skills
A series of downloadable resources designed to facilitate student learning and goal setting during 5th and 6th year. Includes online Study Skills Test.

Go to Learning Skills Programme

 

Workbook - Learning Skills [pdf - 800Kb, 4 pages]
Worksheet - Results Targets [pdf - 252Kb, 2 pages] (Current 6th Yrs)

Worksheet 1 - Place of Study [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 2 - Organisation [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 3 - Motivation & Goal Setting [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 4 - Reading Skills [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 5 - Note Taking Skills [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 6 - Revising and Exam Preparation [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 7 - Exam Performance [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]

Worksheets 1-7 [pdf - 340Kb, 7 pages]


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