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Students holding trophies at previous competition award ceremony.

Have you got the skills?

Are you a TY or Leaving Certificate Student?
Are you completing a QQI Level 4 or 5 Work Experience Module?

Have you done a Work Experience placement?

Tell us about the career skills you discovered during your Work Experience and you could win a MacBook Air and €1,000 for your school!

About the competition

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 People.

10Years 11,857Entries 249Schools 201Winners

Prizes

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 Macbook Air!

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.

First prize: Macbook Air

How to enter

1

Complete a Work Experience placement!

2

Choose a career to investigate

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...)

3

Download the entry guide for your category

English
TY
English
Gaeilge

4

Get familiar with the different types of Career Skills

5

Write your submission and enter!

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. See the FAQ below for more details.

FAQ

When is the Closing Date?

The extended closing date for the 2018 competition is 8pm on 11th April.

I missed the deadline, can I still enter?

Unfortunately, we can't accept any entries after the closing date.

When will the winners be announced?

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.

I haven't done Work Experience, can I still enter?

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.

I can't get Work Experience in my dream career; can I still write about it?

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.

I attend an Irish school. Can I enter in English?

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!

Can I enter more than once?

No, we can only judge the experience from one work placement for each competition participant.

I'm a FET/QQI student, can I enter in Irish?

No. The Irish category is exclusive to second level schools.

Do I need a CareersPortal account to enter?

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.

Do I need a teacher or guidance counsellor to approve my entry?

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.

Who is my programme coordinator?

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.

Can I enter by post / Email? Where do I send it?

Email entries can be sent to careerskills@careersportal.ie.

Postal entries can be sent to:
CareersPortal
College House
71-73 Rock Road
Blackrock
Co. Dublin

I want to submit by Email. What file formats do you accept?

We accept .doc .docx .odt .pdf

Will my entry be made public?

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.

Where is the award ceremony?

The award ceremony is in the Clock Tower, Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street, Dublin 2.

I don't know what career to investigate...

Why not explore our Self Assessment area. From here you can learn about career interests and take our free interest profiler.

Do you have any additional resources to help me?

Yes. We have a Career Skills self-assessment worksheet and a Work Placement Skills evaluation form which you may find useful.

My question is not here. How can I contact you?

Yes, feel free to email us at info@careersportal.ie or call us on 01-440 2314

Previous Winners

You can see the results of the 2017 Career Skills competition on our Competition Winners page.

All photographs from previous award ceremonies are available on our Facebook page.

Competition Rules

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.

  1. Entrants must be attending Second Level School in the Republic of Ireland.
  2. No more than one entry per person will be considered for competition.
  3. CareersPortal reserves the right, at any time, to verify the eligibility and the identity of Entrants and to require proof of age. A Prize may be withheld until and unless the organiser is satisfied with the verification.
  4. No purchase is necessary to enter the Competition.
  5. The winner of the Competition will be the Entrant/s selected by the organisers. The decision to award a Prize is final and no correspondence will be entered into with Entrants. Competition winners' details are available on the CareersPortal website.
  6. From 2015, only one Prize per Entrant is permitted during the course of their Secondary School education.
  7. The Competition is only open to people in those categories identified in these terms and conditions as being permitted to enter or requested to enter as the case may be.
  8. By entering the Competition and accepting the Prize, the winners grant CareersPortal the right to use and publish his/her name and picture in such media as CareersPortal may choose (including but not limited to the internet) for advertising and promotional purposes without additional consideration. Entrants' personal data, including but not limited to their names, school address and email address, will be collected, stored and processed by CareersPortal for the purposes of administering and assessing the Competition and for engaging in the publicity activities as stated in these terms and conditions. CareersPortal respects the privacy of its customers. The contact details given will only be used for the purposes of contacting any Entrants in relation to shortlisting and prizes. Details will not be retained beyond the life of the Competition, except in the case of prize winners where they will be retained for a period of seven years for record-keeping purposes.
  9. At any time, an Entrant can make a written request to CareersPortal to have access to all the personal data that CareersPortal holds about the person.
  10. To the extent permitted by law, CareersPortal does not accept liability for any loss, damage or injury which might occur to the winner.
  11. CareersPortal reserves the right to suspend or terminate the Competition or amend these terms and conditions at any time for any valid, technical or commercial reason. CareersPortal reserves the right to cancel, suspend or amend the Competition, change the Prizes or to amend these terms and conditions in the event of any unforeseen circumstances arising which are beyond its reasonable control without giving prior notice and without liability to any Entrant(s). In the event that the standard of subsmissions in any one of the categories is not of a sufficiently high quality, CareersPortal reserves the right to award additional prizes in one of the other categories.
  12. Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash, and are non-transferable
  13. Competitions are not open to CareersPortal employees, agents, contractors or sub-contractors - or their families.
  14. Any Prize is as stated in any messaging or promotions advertising the Competition. CareersPortal reserves the right at its sole discretion to alter any Prize or substitute the Prize with an item to the same value for any reason and without notification. In the event that the winner declines the Prize awarded to him/her or CareersPortal is unable to contact the winner after reasonable efforts have been made, CareersPortal may award the Prize to another Entrant.
  15. Entrants acknowledge and agree that no form of cheating will be tolerated. Any persons found cheating, as determined in the sole and absolute discretion of CareersPortal, will immediately be disqualified from the Competition.
  16. These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of the Republic of Ireland.
  17. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, the CarersPortal reserves the right at its sole discretion to amend, withdraw or revise these terms and conditions and the prizes at any time without notice and by continuing to participate in the Competition subsequent to any such review or revision, you are deemed to have agreed to any amendment to the terms and conditions.

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