Featured Advice
What are your interests?



Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

School Guidance

It’s exciting to be a part of your child’s life as they move onwards into adolescence and adulthood, supporting them as they make decisions and set goals that will guide them into an independent, productive and fulfilling life. There are also challenges, obstacles and anxieties along the way. You have a coaching, counselling and mentoring role but it’s useful to know where you can go for good careers advice, assessment and support. 

Parents sometimes contact school principals and year heads as a preliminary point of contact on general career and educational progression queries. They may then be referred on to the school guidance counsellor. In this section, we look at the various options available to help young people make the best career and life decisions. 

Where to go for help?

For many students the support and guidance of their families, teachers, principal and guidance counsellor is more than enough to help them through the various stages of their career and educational journey. However additional help is sometimes needed. In this case your options are:

  • Private Career Guidance Practitioner  [Contact Bernadette Walsh, CareersPortal bwalsh@careersportal.ie or phone: 01-2090797]
  • Online Careers Support e.g. www.CareersPortal.ie [this section] /  www.qualifax.ie [see Parents Section]
  • College Open Days, College websites, Admissions Offices
  • Other 
  • Career Coach
  • Family and social networks, professional associations and organisations.