Leaving Cert Students
A Bespoke Comprehensive Service
To assist you in making plans for your future we need to undertake a full assessment which is essential to the career guidance process.
Important decisions must be made which must be got right for your future.
These decisions must be based on the solid evidence derived from the assessments.
We outline here in brief the career guidance process to help you understand the service.
The process has to be detailed and comprehensive to have value.
The process takes 2 sessions of approx. two hours each on a one - to- one basis plus a number of hours of interpretive and research work done in between sessions.
You also must undertake some internet research work set by me.
Session one is about finding out all the relevant information - duration-at least 2 hours
Session two is about feedback on all findings with advice and guidance – duration 2 Hours
An extensive written record of everything is provided.
In total, the comprehensive nature of the process entails an average of a 10-hour commitment of both the guidance specialist and you the client
In this way the conclusions and decisions arrived at are likely to be the best possible.
The initial interview identifies your special situation and requirements.
We proceed in a systematic manner to determine comprehensive information
about you related to all matters which are relevant to the career guidance process.
We use psychometric tests to measure and identify key information.
Among the tests I use are Thomas International PPA and TSTs which are high value
instruments used by HRM specialists.
It is only when all the elements of your profile are identified, clarified and understood that we can make the best career plan for you going forward.
We see where all the elements of your personal profile are pointing.
We identify careers which are most suitable for your unique profile having taken all your circumstances into account
This is followed by detailed consideration and a decision.
The next stage is to form a strategic plan to get you from here to there
Effectively we seek to identify and analyse your individual personal, behavioural and operational characteristics together with your general and academic ability level, special aptitudes, strengths and possible limitations etc. Your likes and dislikes, fears and motivators, occupational interests
etc. and of course your personal circumstances.
Having painted an objective picture and developed an understanding of
you as an individual we can identify appropriate career options which are best suited to your overall personal profile i.e. your set of characteristics, interests and circumstances and exam achievements.
We are then also ready to identify courses leading to the required qualifications.
We help you make application through the CAO and other systems.
We aim at realistic high-level targets and we also include alternative courses as safety nets to cover for setbacks and disappointments.
All are discussed, clarified and the needs and benefits explained.
Full written reports are provided for clarity and future referral.
The service includes:
· Separate professional reports on each part of the process
· An overall report with outlined options
· Information on qualification courses and educational opportunities
· Assistance with CAO application form and subsequent use of "change of mind" options up to July 1st post- LC exam.
· A source of immediate contact for arising issues and queries
·Cotintued follow up with advice and guidance throughout the year.
Subsequent follow up is included and can be conducted by phone and email or further appointment if necessary.
Be assured of a service which is comprehensive and thorough.
Contact C&E Guidance if you have any further questions or concerns.
This bespoke Career Guidance Service will work with you throughout the year to:
Undertake a Personal Profile Analysis and psychometric assessment for best career decisions
(Ability, aptitudes, interests and personality characteristics)
Determine the careers which fit your personal profile.
Identify the CAO courses for best professional qualifications.
Complete the CAO application and ensure all options are covered.
Ensure safety nets in CAO application to address the unexpected.
Check in with you throughout the year on progress and new developments.
Email you new and relevant career information. Make all necessary adjustments to career plan.
Advise on best study practices and advise on best exam techniques.
Provide a source of immediate contact for arising issues and queries.
Make use of “Change of Mind” procedure through the year and also post exam.