Deciding on what career path to pursue and choosing the appropriate 3rd Level course can be a daunting experience for students.
A significant part of the service at the Academy is the provision of Career Guidance and CAO advice. Our Career Guidance Advisor, Aoife Whelan, is available to provide advice and information on choosing college courses and potential career options on a one-to-one basis to all our 5th and 6th Year students. Aoife is also available to assist with college applications and references as required. Parents are also invited to take part in the Career Guidance process if they so wish.
Here is what Aoife has to say about her journey to becoming a Career Guidance Advisor:
“I did a two year Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling in Trinity College Dublin. During my masters s obtained work placements in St Andrews College and in Wesley College so that I could gain an insight into guidance within the post primary sector as I had already experienced it at third level.
On completion of my masters, I began working as a Career Guidance Advisor in The High School Dublin where I have been working for four years. I am a qualified member of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC) Ireland and certified by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Over time I have built an extensive knowledge of educational opportunities, this paired with my experience within the private and public sector offer me a unique insight into the guidance process and world of work, which is seldom seen within the industry.
Having truly found my passion in life – working with young people – I feel I am well positioned to help my students to discover theirs too.”
In the above podcast episode, Aoife discusses all things CAO-related! Aoife covers plc courses, Level 6 and 7 courses, how to make those difficult decisions and also covers the different routes you can take to study your chosen course.
In addition to our Career Guidance service, we host CAO Talks, a full Careers’ Day and several College Institution Talks throughout the year. We also run a Personal Development Club, which encourages students in their self-development and helps in building of important life skills such as goal setting, overcoming fears and communication skills.