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Last Updated: March, 2017
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Works in 3rd level colleges and universities providing information and guidance to students considering educational progression or into employment.
|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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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.
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.
Last Updated: November, 2014
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|Organisation:||Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services|
|Address:||Millennium House 30 Junction Road Sheffield S11 8XB|
|Organisation:||Public Appointments Service|
|Address:||Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1|
|Tel:||(01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999|
|Organisation:||Institute of Guidance Counsellors|
|Address:||The Basement, 17 Herbert Street, Dublin 2|
|Tel:||(01) 676 1975|