Guidance Counselling in Enniscorthy Vocational College is offered to all students. The service aims to help students to develop an awareness and acceptance of their talents and abilities; explore possibilities and opportnuities; grow in independence and take responsibility for themselves; make informed choices about their lives and follow through on those choices.
The role of the Guidance Counsellor may be categorised under the following headings:
- Career Guidance
- Educational Guidance
- Personal Guidance
Choosing a career is a process that takes time. Throughout their second level education students are encouraged to consider seriously their career options. Students meet with the Guidance Counsellor on an individual basis where career plans are discussed in the light of the student's interests, aptitudes, strengths and abilities. Areas covered can include:
- Interest inventories/Aptitude tests.
- Work Experience.
- World of work e.g. CV preparation, Cover Letter Writing, Application Form Filling, Interview skills, job search, job retention skills, employment rights and responsibilities.
- Up-to-date computerised information on 3rd level courses in Ireland and the EU- entry requirements, course content, work load, progression route - this helps students choose the university/college course at home /or abroad most suitable to their needs and interests.
- CAO/UCAS system and application procedure.
- HEAR/DARE options and application process.
- PLC courses.
- University/College Open Day Preparation.
- Preparation for 3rd level- lifestyle changes, independent/self motivated learning, increase in personal responsibility, supports available.
- Grant Information/Scholarships.
Topics such as study skills and exam techniques are discussed during guidance classes. Individual appointments are arranged for students who wish to discuss areas such as homework, subjects and levels, study skills and exam stress.
Confidential guidance is available to any student who wishes to discuss pesonal difficulties. Sometimes reassurance and encouragement is all that is needed, at other times difficulties may be more complex and may require ongoing support.
No matter what a student decides to do after school, it is important that they make informed decisions. Career choice decision making is an ongoing process. The Guidance staff can help students to recognise the range of options available after completing the Leaving Certificate.
There are many websites designed to aid career choice:
Throughout the year it is important for students to attend college open days. Open days are an excellent opportunity to learn more about the colleges of interest and the educational opportunities they offer, to talk with staff and students and to get a real feel for life on the campus. There will be a lot to do on the day so students should get the Open Day guide to find out what is happening before they go, these can normally be downloaded from the college website, and they can plan which talks to attend and which departmnets to visit. Students should write down any questions they have about the college, course, accommodation etc.
Students interested in studying in the UK should go to www.ucas.com
Students who are interested in European colleges can go to www.eunicas.ie and to study in the US www.collegeboard.org.
Post Leaving Certificate (Level 5/6 NFQ) courses are also an option. PLC courses are NOT on the CAO form. Full details of all PLC courses available can be viewed on careersportal.ie. Applications are made directly to each college.
For information on the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) and/or the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) go to www.accesscollege.ie.