This exciting competition promotes the importance of Career Skills and encourages the value of career research. It gives students the chance to reflect on the skills they developed during their work experience, and how those skills can help them in their future career.
The competition is developed by CareersPortal, and is supported by the Department of Education and Skills, An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta (COGG), TY, LCVP and LCA Programmes. The competition is sponsored by McDonald's
There are great prizes to be won for each of the categories both for individuals and the winning school.
Winners will also receive a trophy and those placed will receive shields. You will also be invited to attend the award ceremony which takes place in the Department of Education and Skills.
First prize in each of the 4 categories is a GoPro Hero6!
2nd level schools will also receive 1000 for their school programme (Guidance / TY / Leaving Cert)
There are also great prizes for 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category.
For many people, this will be related to the work experience they did, but it doesn't have to be! We understand that not everyone can find work experience in their dream career (Astronauts, surgeons, time-travellers...)
Make sure your Guidance Programme coordinator signs off on your entry before you submit!
You can enter the competition online if you have a CareersPortal account (if you don't, you can Sign up - it's free!). You can also enter by email or by post. This year for the first time you can also enter by creating a 3-minute video. See the FAQ below for more details.
The closing date for the 2018 competition is 8pm on 23rd March.
Unfortunately, we can't accept any entries after the closing date.
The shortlist will be announced online by the end of April.
The winning students will be announced in the first week of May and their teachers/tutors will be contacted directly.
Simply Upload the video to YouTube and send us on the link! You also have the option of using Google Drive or WeTransfer.com.
The video should be no longer than 3 minutes. Videos longer than 3 minutes won’t be considered.
The competition is based on your Work Experience placement and the skills that you have observed and developed there. You have to have done a Work Experience to enter this competition.
Yes, you can still do a Career Investigation on your dream job as part of your competition entry. However, when it comes to doing your diary entry (TY) and talking about the career skills you observed you must use the experience you got during your work placement.
Yes, you can enter in either language. It would be a shame however, just to enter in English, if you have the ability to enter in Irish and remember there will never be as much competition in this category!
No, we can only judge the experience from one work placement for each competition participant.
No. The Irish category is exclusive to second level schools.
No, you don't need a CareersPortal account to enter. You can email or post your competition entry directly to us. If you are going to submit your application through the online entry form, then you do need to register with CareersPortal. It only takes a few minutes and it is completely free. It will also be very useful for you going forward as you will be able to take a number of on line assessments, print a career report and save your favourite courses, occupations and sectors to the file.
Yes, each entry must be associated with either a teacher or Guidance Counsellor in your school. Their details must be on the competition entry form.
Your Programme coordinator will be dependent on what competition you enter.
For a lot of students, it is their Guidance Counsellor, but it might also be your TY, LCVP or LCA coordinator. These are the teachers that head up these programmes in your school. You will need to put the name and contact details of this teacher on your application as most of the correspondence will be through them.
For FET students it could be their Guidance Counsellor or their Work Experience Tutor.
Email entries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Postal entries can be sent to:
71-73 Rock Road
No. We do not publish the winning script. We do publish your name and your school. Pictures are also taken at the award ceremony and these are both published in the media and online.
The award ceremony is in the Clock Tower, Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street, Dublin 2.
Why not explore our Self Assessment area. From here you can learn about career interests and take our free interest profiler.
Yes, feel free to email us at email@example.com or call us on 01-440 2314
All photographs from previous award ceremonies are available on our Facebook page.
Before participating in the Competition a person (an "Entrant" or "you") must read through and accept these terms and conditions. If you enter the Competition you are deemed to have unconditionally accepted these terms and conditions; if you do not agree to these the terms and conditions and do not accept them, then you are not eligible to participate in the Competition.
The person running this Competition is CareersPortal (Durrow Communications Ltd.)
These terms and conditions apply to the National Career Skills competition being run by CareersPortal.ie in which an Entrant can win an Apple MacBookAir; A set of Dr Dre Beats or a Creative Bluetooth Speaker.