I was a science and maths teacher in my school for a number of years. I took a study leave year which allowed me to go back to university to train to be a Guidance Counsellor.
Having completed the training, a full time position came available in my school. Having already been involved in guidance in the school informally it seemed a logical progression to move into the formal role of Guidance Counsellor.
Describe a typical day?
In many ways there is no typical day. In any day one might be involved in a host of different activities. Such activities could include taking a careers class, doing one to one careers interviews, conducting psychometric tests, having one to one counselling sessions, liasing with parents and teachers, administrative work and attending career related or continuous professional training events. At different stages of the year different priorities come to the fore.
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
My main responsibiliy is to advise, guide and help students in the myriad of personal, educational and career decisions and choices they face during their journey through our school, from 1st year to Leaving Certificate.
This can involve many activities from one to one sessions with students, working with groups of students, organising different events/trips, speaking with parents and teachers and generally being there for students, if they need help or advice.