Our Approach.

What is Professional Career Guidance?

Career Guidance, based on a practice since the 1950’s, is a recognised process, carried out by a qualified professional.   

I am a qualified career guidance counsellor for over 20 years with the relevent accreditation

  • Higher Diploma in Guidance and Counselling (HDGC) – University College Cork (UCC)
  • Masters in Adult & Community Education(MA) – Maynooth University (MU)
  • And still researching how career guidance can ‘be the best it can be’  (PhD candidate Trinity College Dublin)

I am also a member and abide of the professional code of ethics of

  1. Irish Institute of Guidance Counsellors – www.igc.ie
  2. Psychological Society of Ireland (Associate Member) – www.psychologicalsoceity.ie 
  3. British Psychological Society (Associate Member) – www.bps.org.uk

I offer a process of engagement where we explore

  • What you like to learn (your aptitudes),  
  • How you like to learn best, 
  • Why you like somethings more than others (your interests) 
  • and MOST IMPORTANTLY – WHO you are (key traits in your personality ).  

Knowing this is what makes the difference between ‘just’ working and actually enjoying what you do.

What do I aim to do for you and every one of my clients?

I will help you identify a career direction and explore the information you need to succeed.

I will take you through a process that helps you appreciate what is most likely to give you job satisfaction and success; a process that will inform your decisions and set realistic goals and objectives.

It doesn’t matter what stage you are at.  I work with:

  • Students planning for leaving certificate
  • Students and graduates making college applications
  • College Students changing their mind or unsure about their current choices
  • Parents or advocates who want to understand more about their child’s choices
  • Adults making career changes,
  • Adults returning to work 
  • Anyone who just wants to do something different.

‘Career Confidence’ puts you in control of your own career – whether you are 17 or 70 years of age!

Over the years, I have engaged with a wide variety of people – the youngest at 15 years – the oldest 70 years!

 

Developing a 'Career Confidence’ ...

Does my learning make a difference?

We all like to learn – in different ways and we all have something we are good at.

Some of us realise our potential in the classroom, some on the sports field.  There are many ways of defining ‘intelligence’ – and what is lovely, is when we find something we like to learn and moreover, believe we are good at it.  Identifying ‘this potential’ is often more challenging than it sounds.  Exams and tests can tell us a lot – but so can our hobbies and interests, what we do in our spare time and even how we relate to others.  When deciding what to do next it all matters!

What you are good at is one thing – but ‘how’ you like to learn matters.  Did you ever stop to think about whether you like to learn ‘on the move’ or love to ‘read a good book in a quiet room’.  Perhaps you like to explore things on your own or you really appreciate the guidance of a teacher.   Maybe you have had to ‘learn’ differently due to a disability or specific learning difficulty.  

What is most important is that I take an ‘Inclusive Approach’ to Career Guidance – and so am most interested in how you enjoy learning most and what you believe works for you.  It’s not a one-size fits all approach – it is an individual and bespoke process – your career journey after all is particular to you.

Does what I’m interested in really matter?

 Yes – of course!  In our busy lives, many people can loose sight of their interests!

Life can be busy with many different demands – study or work.  Our interests can suffer.  But our interests motivate us and keep it real.  While it can be a challenge to keep time for some interests – it is good to keep a balance.  Exploring hobbies, how you like to have fun and what you do to wind down is also an important factor in your career journey.  It is these interests that add value to what we do. 

True or False – This needs to be about ‘me’. True!

Of course – it has to be.  Career guidance is the one time you are practically encouraged to be ‘selfish’ and think only about yourself!

You have to be the centre of the process – it is about exploring all the elements that shape your learning and working and moving forward.  

Choosing careers has to be realistic and work with you and your life – both as it is now and how you want it to be in the future.

What can you expect from me, as a Professional Career Guidance Consultant?

In short, the consultation is a process, carried out by a qualified and registered professional, that will help to identify your aptitudes (what you are good at), your interests (what you prefer doing) and key traits in your personality that make the difference between just working and actually enjoying what you do.

It is also about providing the necessary information and direction on how to secure an education course or work.

Remember, there is a distinct difference between discussing different jobs and actually working through a process to find what suits you.

I will assist you in exploring what you need to know about yourself and your experiences up to now; so you can move forward with confidence.

What does the ‘Consultation’ actually involve?

The consultation investigates three areas (aptitude, interest and personality) using a combination of testing, interviewing using a deeper exploration of past experiences in learning, work and interests, aspirations and achievements.

This means lots of probing questions that aim to

  • Assist in the selection of subjects and courses appropriate to the client
  • Help obtain accurate, up-to-date information about where you are at;
  • Guide you on your journey to third level – making sense of subjects, courses and levels of achievement necessary
  • Provide information on all third level education establishments in Ireland and further afield (the courses these institutions offer, prerequisite subjects and anything else you may need to know)
  • Assist in planning a change of career
  • Give you a well-informed plan – that start with you!

Only when you know what you want to do – can you confidently

  • Move forward,
  • Realise your true potential
  • And enjoy what you do.

 When it comes to making career choices – you need to take the time and consult with Career Confidence.

 What can I expect from you, in a Career Guidance Consultation?

I will invite you to take part in a comprehensive face to face session (typically lasting at least 3 hours) aimed at identifying skills, strengths and interests, learning styles and personality traits.  This will involve you in:

  •       Contributing to an in-depth exploration of your past learning experiences
  •       Participating honestly with the tools –  Interest Inventory and Personality Profiles
  •       Engaging with the feedback stage where we identify career development options, appropriate training, education etc.  This feedback can also involves parents or advocates.

A subsequent written Report summarising the outcome of the Career Assessment and Feedback and identifying options for the client.

The fee is €500 since January 2017, payable at the consultation. 

The fee for professional service reflects the psychometric instruments used, the experience and skills of the practitioner, the quality of the assessment and feedback and the time spent in the assessment session and the production of reports.

If you feel like you wish to engage in a consultation, contact me today!

This is your time!

“Thanks a million for the time and the information and for explaining the jist of everything. I had thought college was the only option and I really wasn’t interested. I am so much happier with the idea of earning and learning! Food for thought & plenty to chew on”

John
Apprentice Carpenter/ Joiner