Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Rachel Berry from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Rachel Berry

Pharmacist

Health Service Executive

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  Rachel Berry
Consider your options carefully. It is likely that you are expecting top grades in your Leaving Certificate if you are considering pharmacy as a career so there will be plenty of doors open to you. Make sure you do plenty of work experience in different areas of pharmacy and if it is healthcare you are interested in then consider getting some work experience in medicine etc. I know quite a few people who have completed a pharmacy degree only to realise they actually want to do medicine!
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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Role of Guidance Counsellor

The Guidance Counsellor is responsible for providing a range of career education and counselling interventions in your child’s school. She/he helps the young person move from a general understanding of life and work to a more specific understanding of the realistic life, learning and career options available to them. Their work combines the role of Personal Counselling with that of Careers Guidance.

In the career guidance context, the Guidance Counsellor is the dedicated specialist and school liaison point with universities, colleges, faculty heads, academic staff and admissions offices. They know their way around access programmes, psychological assessment services, counselling & referral agencies, grants and other financial support measures and procedures, key online careers and educational websites.

The School Guidance Counsellor typically provides a careers and counselling support service across the school student population. As your child proceeds into senior cycle (4th-6th Year) they will often meet in groups and individually with the Guidance Counsellor to look at options, opportunities, educational routes, and to complete career and psychometric assessments as part of their career development plan. Note: With recent changes to second level guidance provision each school operates with differing levels of this service.  

Guidance Counsellors are professionally qualified with obligatory degrees and obligatory post graduate qualifications. They are also required to partake in on-going professional development as part of a professional network that convenes on a regular basis. Qualifications are strictly regulated by the Department of Education & Science and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors www.igc.ie They will have full Garda clearance and work within a recognised Code of Ethics http://www.igc.ie/About-Us/Code-Of-Ethics

Why is the Guidance Counsellor important to my child’s career journey?

The Guidance Counsellor is the primary and official source of key careers and further education information in your child’s school – including college courses in Ireland, Europe and further afield. They continuously monitor entry requirements, dates, deadlines, exemptions, application procedures and processes. They are trained in career assessment and psychometric testing. They are also trained in counselling techniques. They provide impartial and confidential support to your child and they play a key role in your child’s career planning and development.

Why is it important that they are impartial and confidential?

To see why an impartial and confidential Careers Guidance Counsellor is important, let’s look at the example of Harry.

HARRY

  • Dad wants him to follow in the family tradition and take up an electrical apprenticeship
  • Mam thinks he should study engineering at college for more career options.
  • He’s top of the Maths class and Maths Teacher is advising Pure Maths at University.
  • His girlfriend wants him to do Sound Engineering at her college.
  • Best mates want him to travel to Australia on a gap year with them.
  • Harry’s football coach has high hopes of winning the Schools Cup so training is taking up a lot of time. 
  • The school principal knows Harry is essential to winning the Cup and has observed that at seventeen Harry could easily postpone college for a year.
  • A complicating factor has been the tragic death of a good friend from primary school in his old home town. This has left Harry feeling depressed and unsure about things. He decides to attend the guidance counsellor for some help and support with that.
  • In these sessions it has come up that Harry secretly dreams of being a sports Psychologist.

The importance of having an impartial, confidential, well-informed and professionally trained advisor and counsellor at his disposal will hopefully help Harry navigate most of these conflicting issues successfully and guide him through the process of planning and setting out on the right career journey for him. 

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What is Guidance?

“Guidance facilitates people throughout their lives to manage their own educational, training, occupational, personal, social and life choices so that they reach their full potential and contribute to the development of a better society.” (National Guidance Forum Report 2007)

CareersPortal provides a professional guidance counselling service for students and adults who would like support in making career, educational and/or employment decisions.

This service is of particular benefit to students career changers, jobseekers,  and those looking to explore their career and education options.

To book an appointment contact bwalsh@careersportal.ie or phone: 01-2090797. All guidance counsellors are fully qualified professionals and members of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.