Our mission is to provide the most up-to-date career information supporting career and educational research in an integrated, innovative, supportive and engaging manner.

The site was developed in 2007 to create a one stop national career information portal. It is a resource to the following key audiences:

  • 2nd Level Students
  • 3rd Level Students
  • Adult Learners
  • Jobseekers
  • Parents and Guardians
  • Career Guidance Professionals/Providers

  • 1.8 million Visitors a Year
  • 4 Million Page Impressions a month
  • 630,000 Registered Users with their own Career File/Career Portfolio was developed by Durrow Communications Ltd as a direct response to a report generated by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) in 2007, which recommended that Ireland develop a central career guidance portal. The site was officially launched by the Minister for Education and Science in April 2008.

The site has become an integral tool for guidance professionals throughout the country. It is supported by both public and private organisations, who partner with us in order to help disseminate the most useful and update information about careers and courses across all sectors of the economy. The website and guidance resources has grown hugely, both in content, and in its user base since its launch in 2008 and is now receiving over 4 million-page impressions a month.

CareersPortal are a core team of 10 specialists coming from a broad range of educational and industry backgrounds, including areas such as psychology, guidance counselling and human resources. We have many years’ experience working in schools, adult and community development and in career services. We also have an Advisory Group made up of Guidance Counsellors from both 2nd level and the adult guidance services who work across the country and who feed directly into the development of both the website and into our 2 guidance programmes.

The CareersPortal offices are located in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. We also have a regional office in Naas, Co. Kildare.

Company Directors: Eimear Sinnott, John Carton

 Since 2008, has been working closely with guidance counsellors to provide the most up-to-date career tools and resources to support informed career and educational research. Partnering with key stakeholders including employers, state bodies and education providers has been central in ensuring information is current and reflects emerging employment and educational opportunities for people of all ages.

Our partners range from national advisory bodies and authorities, professional membership or representative bodies, government agencies, key public and private organisations, educational providers across the framework and government departments.

Each partner provides valuable information for anyone who is interested in exploring the various career and educational opportunities in a particular career area. They help to raise awareness of opportunities within the sector for students, career seekers, guidance counsellors and parents, who may not otherwise have access to, or knowledge of, the full extent of opportunities in that sector.

Partners outline educational pathways and provide occupational videos and interviews. They highlight skills shortages and jobs that are currently in demand. They feed directly into news stories, articles and sector and guidance events.

  • The Website
  • The Website
  • Reach+ Career and College Preparation Programme – 2nd Level
  • MyFuture+ - Guidance Programme for Adults
  • The National Career Skills Competition
  • Nationwide Guidance Training for both 2nd Level and Adult Guidance Services
  • One to one Guidance Service

The CareersPortal Website

  • Career File - Users of are encouraged to create a personal Career File to assist in planning and managing their Career Development. Users 'sign up' (on the top left on the homepage) to create their file and are provided with:
    • Self-Assessment Tools - enabling a user to find out how their interests, personality, skills etc. can tie-in with various different courses and careers. A free 8 page Career Report, which includes job and course matching, can be generated and printed.
    • Course and Career tagging – users can create shortlists of courses and occupations which are stored for further exploration.
    • Career ‘NotePad’ – an online notepad can be used to store up to twenty documents. Useful information for career research or planning a job search can be saved e.g. cover letters, CVs and contacts information.
  • Employment Sectors - 33 career sectors are reviewed and analysed, highlighting the skills shortages in the individual sector, the occupation types employed, associated educational courses and sector news. It is even possible to search for live job vacancies on in each sector on a daily basis. All this information is supported by engaging video material where available.
  • Occupational Database - approximately1000 occupations across all career sectors are profiled; information is provided on typical tasks and activities undertaken in the position, skills required, salary information, various entry routes and the educational qualifications and pathways are outlined. Users can search directly for jobs in these occupations. Video profiles of individuals working in a wide range of occupations and sectors are available.
  • Employer Profiles - are presented within the various career sectors; their employment policies and procedures are outlined, how they recruit for their organisation is explained and what they look for in new employees revealed.
  • Jobholder Interviews - hundreds of people employed in Ireland are interviewed about the choices they have made in their careers, the education they have received, their current job, what it involves and their advice to others interested in this area. also links to another 1000+ career interviews across the internet.
  • Education and Training - opportunities are outlined along with details on where to find courses that match a user’s interests and career aspirations. A searchable database of Further Education and PLC (Post Leaving Cert) courses and Higher Education and CAO courses is available with links to detailed course information on individual college websites.
  • Progression Routes - detailed information is available on available QQI progression routes from Further Education and Training courses to Higher Education and CAO courses along with a PLC Points Calculator to assist in determining eligibility for individual courses.
  • Apprenticeships - a section is available with full details on what is involved in each apprenticeship and where to go for further information and application details
  • Labour Market Statistics - the most up-to-date Labour Market Information is provided and integrated across all sectors and occupations, clearly indicating where the jobs in demand are now or are likely to be in the future.
  • Jobs/Current Vacancies - within the occupational database we link to current job vacancies across 4 popular jobsites. We also carry daily news stories on any new job announcement and provide links directly to those vacancies where available.
  • Parents and Guardians we have produced a comprehensive section for parents and guardians to support their students in making informed career and college decisions including a section which answers all the most commonly asked questions.
  • Guidance Professionals - comprehensive support resources and lesson plans are provided in the guidance section of the site which are entirely free for the guidance community to use.
  • Teaching Resources for Career Guidance Professionals include a range of worksheets designed for use in the classroom / consultation room and with our senior cycle guidance programme (the REACH+ Career and College Preparation Programme)
  • Subject Choice - a comprehensive section is available on the site on choosing subjects both at Junior and Senior Cycle. We have created a number of subject specific videos which highlights the subject details and how each subject links to different careers. We also bring together information from the NCCA, SEC, and other useful resources.
  • WorkXperience – a free service that allows employers throughout Ireland to advertise work placements to Transition Year, LCVP, LCA, Leaving Cert and FET students. It includes a range of resources for Students, Teachers, Parents, and Employers.

The core tools and resources form CareersPortal are also available through the medium of Irish on This resource allows users who are studying or working through the medium of Irish receive all the information on career sectors, occupations, labour market information and self-assessments exercises through the Irish Language.

This site continues to develop and offer new resources and supports annually.

Tá an t-ábhar ar fad a bhaineann le gairmeacha beatha ar fáil “as gaeilge” ar a forbraíodh i bpáirt le COGG, Forás na Gaeilge agus le hÚdarás na Gaeltachta. Do na daoine sin ar mian leo treoracha gairme a fháil i nGaeilge, cuirimid a lán de na modúil chéanna ar fáil atá ar ár suíomh eile Is féidir le mic léinn leagan Gaeilge dár dTriail Spéise Gairme a líonadh isteach agus Tuarascáil Ghairme a chur i gcló dóibh féin. Is féidir leo gairmeacha, earnálacha fostaíochta agus Cúrsaí CAO a bhrabhsáil freisin.

This resource has been developed with the assistance of An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta (COGG), Foras na Gaeilge, Údarás na Gaeltachta, NCGE and The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

CareersPortal provide two bespoke resources available for guidance practice. Both of these innovative guidance programmes have been developed in collaboration with guidance professionals working across the sectors.


The REACH+ programme has been designed to facilitate the delivery of Career and Educational Guidance in Senior Cycle and is now available for private practice. The programme covers five core areas:

  • Career Planning
  • Self-Assessment
  • Study Skills
  • World of Work
  • World of Education


MyFuture+ is a newly developed career learning, development and management tool for Adults. It supports guidance practitioners to work with their clients to learn about themselves in relation to career and education and access available options.

Individuals can access their unique career file from any mobile device. Guidance Practitioners can then view and track their clients career information instantly. This encourages a more collaborative approach between guidance counsellor and client through the provision of an integrated on-line career file.

Senior Cycle students in 2nd level and Adult Learners undertaking Level 3, 4, 5 and 6 work experience modules complete a career investigation which is linked to their work experience placement.

The provision of training and support underpins all of our programmes. CareersPortal have provided training to 1000's of guidance professionals, educators, adult learners and job seekers over the last 11 years. Each workshop is tailored to the needs of the participants.

  • Second level Guidance Counsellors, Principals, LCVP teachers and TY coordinators in schools around the country
  • Adult Guidance Counsellors/Practitioners, including FET Work Experience teachers, Youthreach, CTC's, LES, Jobs clubs, HSE, Prison and Probation Staff, DSP Case officers etc. This includes training on the best use of the site, CV and best practice recruitment and selection practices.
  • Third Level undergraduate and postgraduate students in courses including the DCU and Maynooth University Certificate, Post-Graduate Diploma and Masters Programmes for Guidance Counsellors.
  • Job seekers at careers fairs, jobs clubs and recruitment events.
  • Adult Learners in adult and community education and support centres.

CareersPortal provides a professional guidance counselling service for students and adults who would like support in making career, educational and/or employment decisions. This service is of particular benefit to career changers, jobseekers, students and those looking to explore their career and education options.

To book an appointment contact Bernadette Walsh at or phone: 01-2090797. All guidance counsellors are fully qualified professionals and members of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.


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