Calasanctius College, Oranmore

Educational Guidance

The Career Guidance Programme is designed to support students to:

  • Develop a positive self-concept and an awareness of their many abilities and talents
  • Use career related information and sources appropriately
  • Make informed decisions about choosing subjects (and levels), as well as educational and occupational options in line with the education/training associated with their chosen career path and abilities.

The Guidance Counsellors regularly check in with class groups, and liaise with Class Tutors and Year Heads. All students are encouraged to meet with one of the Guidance Counsellors if issues arise.

If a student is struggling, and needs some support, they are welcome to contact us at and one of the school Guidance Counsellors will be in touch with them.

First Year Students and Induction

An induction program is run for incoming first year students for the first 2 days of first year. It gives students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with their new school, get to know their way around, their timetable, locker, make new friends and meet their class group.

Second Year Students

Second year students also participate in SPHE, which is designed to support the personal and educational development of young people. Second year students do an introduction to career exploration, demonstrating how educational options and achievements relate to life and work goals. They also develop effective study skills and habits, thus recognizing the importance of learning for achieving educational and career goals.

Third Year Students

Third Year students receive support in choosing their subject choices for Senior Cycle, ensuring they are in line with their interests and abilities, and the implications that their choices may have at Leaving Certificate level, third level and the future. All students can avail of 1 to 1 appointments with their Guidance Counsellor to discuss subject choices or personal issues as required.

TY Careers Class

Transition year students receive a weekly Careers class where they get an opportunity to create a CV, carry out a career exploration, interest inventories, develop interview techniques, attend career fairs and college taster days, while also completing work experience. The also receive advice regarding subject choices and levels and how these choices may impact further learning and career opportunities.

Fifth Year student classes

Classroom Guidance is delivered in a weekly class to 5th year students. Topics covered include: Self-awareness - tests on interests, personality types, values, multiple intelligence, learning styles, career profiles; Career research skills - course and career investigations informational interviews, online research skills, open day attendance & questions, emailing a lecture; Application systems - CAO, H-PAT, HEAR, DARE, Access, Scholarships, UK-UCAS, Eunicas-Europe; World of Work – CVs, cover letters, job applications; Self-management – self-care, becoming an independent learner, study-life balance, study skills, job applications.

Sixth Year student classes

Sixth year groups receive a programme of six classes spread over the school year. Student applications follow a chronological order depending on upcoming closing dates, for example; August/September - UK and H-PAT/Medicine applicants; October - DARE applicants; November – January - CAO, HEAR,DARE scheme; March – PLC; student finance ; April – scholarships, access programmes; May – interviews. Other Career interests such as the army, navy, air-core, ESB, Apprenticeships do not have a set application schedule and occur throughout the school year.

Senior Cycle students

One-to-one meetings with the Guidance Counsellor

Starting in September all Leaving Certificate students are encouraged and invited to make an appointment for at least one double class with the Guidance Counsellor. The best educational and vocational options after Leaving Certificate, for each individual 6th year are explored, investigated and discussed as each individual transitions from secondary school. Any social or personal issues that arise can be addressed in a safe, caring and confidential environment. TY, fifth or sixth year students can self-refer or be referred to meet with a Guidance Counsellor on a one to one. Educational-vocational or social-personal issues are again addressed by a Guidance Counsellor in a safe and caring one to one, small group or classroom setting. Students often encounter difficulties transitioning into senior cycle, such as making new friends, subject changes, personal growth and development, adjusting to increased workload.

Career Events – college open days, information evenings/mornings, student support

Senior cycle students are encouraged to plan at the start of the school year what career events they intend to attend over the school year accompanied by a parent and where possible to attend on Saturdays or in the evening. The school Guidance Counsellors accompanies students to certain open days and events. Students are continuously advised what open days, career fairs or events are upcoming via Career classes, email, intercom announcements, posters and school website. Students are advised to regularly check their school emails from the Guidance Counsellors. Student mental health and well-being is also supported with programmes run for a few, some or all students by groups such as Cycle Against Suicide Event, Let’s Get Talking Galway, Study Skills Workshops and more.

Career Information Presentations or Student Support Workshops

Each November the Guidance Counsellor hosts an information evening for sixth year parents on the CAO and other options after Leaving Certificate.

Over the school year specific representatives from NUIG, GMIT, PLCS and other training bodies are invited and welcomed to present to sixth year students, during school time and where possible to fifth year students.

Other information clinics, workshops or events are organised and promoted by the Guidance Counsellors to support parents and students. These events include Supporting the Exam Student, NUIG access programmes to third-level, Study in Europe, Parents association Careers Fair, Galway Advertiser Pathways, Dutch Colleges Tour, College Taster Days and Summer Schools. Events are advertised via the students’ email, text, the school website calendar and news-feed sections.

A Guideline Calendar of Key Career Events

Mid-September: Irish Times Higher Options Careers Fair (UK & European Colleges)

Early October: Saturday 9am – 3pm NUIG open day

Early October: UCC Parent information evening; GMIT Creative Arts College Open Day

Early-mid October: GMIT Letterfrack and Mountbellew College Open Days

Early-mid October: GMT Open Day; UCC open day

Mid October: Sligo IT open day

Mid-late October: UL, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick IT, Limerick School of Art & Design Open Days

Late October Options West Careers Fair Galway city (Defence Forces, Gardai, Apprenticeship; Post Leaving Cert. Colleges; Dutch/European/ Colleges Visit Galway; Medicine-H-PAT; Nursing in the UK)

Late October: Study in Holland”, Galway city

November: GRETB Apprenticeship Open Day; UCD, DCU, St. Pat’s Drumcondra, Maynooth University, Froebel open days

December: Trinity College Dublin open day

April: TY & 5th year college taster days

Mid-February: Workshops to support the 6th year student and parents

Early May: Study in Europe Presentation

Early June: Summer schools TY & 5th year students

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