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Brian Howard, Guidance Counsellor
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.
For my Leaving Certificate I studied the three compulsory subjects: English, Irish and Maths. I had a great interest in science so I chose to do two science subjects - Biology and Chemistry. I wanted to keep as many options open as possible as I wasn't 100% sure what I wanted to do on leaving school so I chose one business subject - Economics and I chose a language - French, in order to keep all the universities open also.
In hindsight I think this was a good selection of subjects as it kept a lot of doors open while also allowing me to chose subjects I liked and did well in. I eventually went on to do a science degree so my 2 Leaving Certificate science subjects came in handy. Once I had my degree this allowed me to teach and subsequently do my postgraduate in Guidance Counselling.
I did my Leaving Certificate followed by a B.Sc. Science Degree.
I then did my postgraduate Diploma in Education which allowed me to teach in secondary school. After a number of years teaching I returned to university to study for a postgraduate diploma in Schools Guidance and Counselling which allowed me to practice as a Guidance Counsellor.
In recent times I also completed my Masters Degree in Education.
In order to practice as a Guidance Counsellor and become a member of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors it is compulsory to have a postgraduate qualification in Guidance Counselling. These are currently on offer in a number of universities in Ireland.