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.

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Go for it. If you feel you may be suitable, then you probably are. An ability to not take yourself too seriously would be an advantage!

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CareersPortal and REACH Training Sessions

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CareersPortal and REACH Training Sessions

Friday, May 15, 2015 

CareersPortal and REACH Training Sessions

The CareersPortal Team would like to invite Guidance Counsellors to come along to a and REACH+ Career and College Preparation Programme training session. In the session, you will gain an overview of all the latest developments on the website along with hands on training in the use of REACH+ as part of your guidance programme.

The following dates for Training Sessions have now been confirmed:


Date: Monday May 18th

Location: Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew, Co. Wicklow

Time: 11.30am – 1.00pm


Date: Tuesday May 19th

Location: CareersPortal Offices, 71 – 73 College house, Rock Road, Blackrock

Time: 11.30am – 1.30pm AND 2.00pm – 3.30pm


Date: Monday September 7th

Location: Carrigaline Community School, Cork

Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm

This training is completely FREE and an ideal opportunity to find out more about the programme, developments on the CareersPortal website, and to ask questions and connect with your colleagues. CPD Certificates are also provided on the day.

Please Note: We are now organising training sessions for September, October and November 2015. If you are interested in attending a session in your area, or are prepared to host a training in your school, please email us at or phone the office on 01-440 2314. 


The REACH+ Programme is the leading career guidance programme in Ireland with 450+ school using the programme with senior cycle students (From Transition year to 6th Year). The programme offers a breath of resources for you the guidance counsellor allowing you to track all your students’ on-line activities and can be accessed from any machine at any time.

There are lots of different classroom activities, PowerPoint presentations and videos, the facility to print reports, view all your students work to date not to mention a template for setting up your own guidance website.

Computer access is not essential as it is a blended programme where each student gets a workbook that can be used over a 3 year period. Telephone support is also provided throughout the year.

What do your Guidance colleagues who are using the programme have to say about REACH+?


Details of all training sessions and additional dates/locations added will be posted here.

The CareersPortal Team