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Works in 3rd level colleges and universities providing information and guidance to students considering educational progression or into employment.


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Brian Howard works as a Guidance Counsellor in Newbridge College in Kildare. He attended secondary school in Patrician Secondary School Newbridge. Following his Leaving Certificate he went on to do a B.Sc in NUI Maynooth. After completing his H-Dip he spent 5 years teaching Maths and Science before embarking on the Higher Diploma in School Guidance and Counselling in NUI Maynooth.
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  • Providing one-to-one guidance to individuals in relation to their educational and career development.
  • Identifying individual needs using a variety of techniques including guidance interviews, psychometric assessment and other career evaluation tools.
  • Planning, developing and delivering group guidance sessions on all aspects of careers development and work related topics.
  • Using information technology for a wide range of administrative and informational tasks.
  • Establishing links with employers, relevant agencies, professional bodies and further/post-graduate education and training institutions to keep up to date professional and academic developments.
 


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Excellent communication and networking skills are essential in order to listen to the needs of the individual and provide them with the correct information.  

Patience is required as it may take time for students to decide on a career path they are happy with. Excellent research skills are also needed combined with a competent level of computer literacy. 

Good organisational skills and a methodical approach to your work is key as is an ability to relate well to different age groups and abilities. 

It is nesessary for Careers Advisors to be helpful and caring and motivated by the best interests of their clients.


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Open to graduates of any discipline. Qualifications will vary depending on institution. Some may require a specific qualification in counselling and adult guidance while others will accept relevant experience or related qualifications such as HR or recruitment experience.

For those seeking membership of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors a recognised qualification in guidance is required.

Most will hold a Post-Graduate diploma trainining programme in adult guidance and counselling.

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Organisation: Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services
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Organisation: Institute of Guidance Counsellors
  Address: The Basement, 17 Herbert Street, Dublin 2
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