The role of the Guidance Counsellor can be divided into three main areas: Educational Counselling; Vocational Counselling; and Personal Counselling. This work is carried out in collaboration with the Principal, Deputy Principals, Chaplains, Year Heads, Parents, Resource Teachers and Subject Teachers. In this way, students are informed and supported so that they can optimise their learning, overcome any difficulties and make good career and life decisions.
The Guidance Programme aims to respond to the needs of the student at any stage of their education in the school. Educational counselling encompasses the support of incoming First Years making the transition to post-primary school, subject choice advice in preparation for Second year and Fifth Year, and the development of study skills. Vocational Counselling is delivered through timetabled careers classes in Transition Year and Sixth Year as well as individual careers interviews and careers presentations. The Guidance Counsellor is available to meet individual students and talk about any issues that might be affecting them. Workshops may also be available in the area of stress management and mental health.
Assessment is an integral part of the school guidance programme. It involves the integration and evaluation of data inventories, psychometric tests, interviews, scales, and other techniques which measure an individual’s abilities, aptitudes, interests, personality, values, attitudes, educational achievements, skills, and other relevant information. The guidance counsellor is responsible for the maintenance of professional standards in the administration, interpretation, and dissemination of tests and results.
Updates from Ms Wemyss and Mr Dowling 20-3-20:
Just a word about anxiety in the current situation
Anxiety is a common feeling that everyone experiences at some stage. It can be a normal emotional response to many stressful situations. The spread of coronavirus is a new and challenging event. Some people might find it more worrying than others. Remember that medical, scientific and public health experts are working hard to contain the virus. In time, this threat to our health will pass and life will return to normal. In the meantime, it is important that we look after our physical and mental health.
- Keep a realistic perspective based on factual information;
- Avoid the constant stream of social media updates and stories-it can be difficult to separate facts from rumours;
- Limit how much time you spend on social media;
- Keep a good sleep routine, adequate sleep is important for your physical & mental health;
- Exercise regularly while observing social distance guidelines, going out to puck a ball during a study break is very helpful;
- Eat well making sure to avoid sugary snacks;
- Improve your mood by listening to music or doing something creative.
Finally, anxiety increases when we focus on things we cannot control. Some people will be delighted with yesterday’s decision regarding oral exams, others not so happy. Try not to dwell on decisions that are out of our control. Instead, accept the situation and move on. Concentrate on preparing for the upcoming exams. Do your best and ask for help if you are struggling.
On Campus Accommodation 2020: Some deadlines to keep in mind:
DCU – 26th March
UL – 31st March
WIT – now open
Griffith College: The new world of work has more choices than you might think
Thanks to digital and technological advances, the world of work is changing just as much as other areas of our lives. Already, jobs that once required a human workforce have been fully automated, and it’s likely that the employment landscape will look very different in ten or twenty years than it does now. Despite this, there’s no need to worry for those who are starting to think about what kind of career would suit them and where they see themselves in a decade’s time. The ‘new world of work’ may be moving with the times but this means that there’s a whole array of new, technology-driven jobs that are only just being created. Recent research shows that more and more teenagers are tempted by ‘traditional’ jobs such as law and medicine, but with technical roles available within these industries too, why not consider a more technological vocation? Griffith College believes that all students should graduate with a vast array of skills to make them fully adaptable in the ever-changing years to come.
Interested in law? Consider Data Protection.
If you’re starting to consider a career in law, why not think about data protection? With so much of our lives online, protecting the data of individuals as well as large organisations is a big and important job. A career in data protection could see you managing everything from risk assessments and audits to advising on best practices for safe data storage. Courses such as data management and business studies as well as various law courses are the ideal first step.
Interested in writing? Consider SEO consultancy.
Students who are strong writers may be tempted to go down the traditional route of an English-based course, with the hope of landing a job in writing or editing post-graduation. If you’re a keen wordsmith but also have an analytical brain then a career in SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) could be for you. SEO specialists analyse how a website can appear higher up search rankings and the answer is almost always content. From undertaking keyword research to writing engaging content, a career in SEO can include various aspects. Courses such as computer science and online marketing are great options if you think SEO could be the field for you.
Interested in art? Consider Animation.
For artistic students, finding a way to combine their passion with secure career prospects can be tricky…which is where animation comes in. Animators can be found working in-house for companies as well with design and digital agencies. Projects can include anything from videos to online graphics, marketing campaigns and even TV shows! Griffith College has its own animation course which trains students with the skills they’ll need in a future animation role.
Griffith College is an award-winning college that believes in offering our students the highest quality training and education, with a clear focus on the changing world of work, in order to ensure our students leave us well equipped to begin long-standing careers in their chosen field.
Anyone thinking about applying for an apprenticeship this summer is advised to contact Virginia Bohan in the SOLAS office. I usually contact her by email on VIRGINIABOHAN@kcetb.ie
She will advise you on availability and steps you need to take.
Senior Training Advisor
Unit 4 Danville Business Park
Click on the following link for up to date information on Scholarships
Letter from NUIG to LC students with important dates and information NUI Galway
Letter from WIT President’s Scholarship Scheme
WIT President’s Scholarship scheme, which inducted its first cohort of students in 2016, encourages and rewards inspiring CAO applicants who show a capacity to shape a better society. Each year five exceptional young students are awarded scholarships with a total value of up to €12,000 each.
In 2020 there will be one scholarship available in each of the Institute’s five discipline areas: Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities and Science & Computing. Each President’s Scholar will receive a bursary of €2,000 per year of study along with €500 per semester for use on campus.
Full details on the programme and how to apply are available at www.wit.ie/caoscholarships but please note that the closing date for applications is Wednesday, 1 April 2020.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
With best wishes
Schools’ Liaison, Marketing & Outreach Officer
Waterford Institute of Technology
Letter from UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science
We are writing to you to make you aware of some video resources recently developed at the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science and available for all secondary school teachers and students of Agricultural Science.
Earlier this month in conjunction with AgriAware we hosted a virtual farm walk and talk event at UCD Lyons Farm. UCD Lyons Farm is a 250-hectare farm with dairy, beef, sheep, equine, crop, environmental research and teaching facilities located on the outskirts of Dublin.
Staff from the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science who are experts in their field created six short educational videos on a range of topics relevant to the current Agricultural Science leaving certificate syllabus.
We are delighted to share these videos with you and hope that given the current circumstances we find ourselves in you will find these resources beneficial.
The videos developed are:
- Feeding the Dairy Cow
- Grassland Science
- Crop Science
- Animal Science – Equine
- Improving the Sustainability of Irish Sheep Production
- Health & Safety in Irish Agriculture
Videos are available to view through the links above or collectively on our YouTube Channel. If you would like a copy of any of the videos for download, we would be happy to make this available to you. Please email my colleague Valerie Abbott directly – email@example.com.
Earlier this year the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science also hosted a number of online information events. Each of the broadcasts featured academic staff and final year students and provide programme information and advice on a wide range of questions often asked by prospective students.
- Agricultural Sciences
- Food Science and Human Nutrition
- Forestry, Horticulture, Landscape & Sportsturf Management and Agri-Environmental Sciences
Thank you for your continued support and should you require any additional information about our programmes please do not hesitate to contact us.
Best wishes with your studies.
UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science
University College Dublin
Mental Health supports and services during COVID-19
The spread of coronavirus is a new and challenging event. Some people might find it more worrying than others and may need some extra support.
Online counselling and supports
- Free online counselling and online support groups for people over 18
- Visit www.turn2me.org
- Mental health information and a Q&A service for young people, their parents and guardians, and those who work with young people. Jigsaw also offer an online group chat service.
- Visit www.jigsawonline.ie
- Shine are currently providing remote support and an outreach service to people experiencing mental health problems and their families and supporters by phone and email.
- Visit www.shine.ie/covid-19 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bodywhys Online Support
- Support for people who are affected by eating disorders including for friends and families. Online support groups are continuing as normal.
- Visit www.bodywhys.ie or email email@example.com
Suicide or Survive (SOS)
- A series of free online wellness workshops and programmes are available from SOS
- Visit Suicide or Survive for more information
Phone, email and text supports
- Alone provide a COVID-19 support line for older people
- Telephone 0818 222 024 (from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday)
- Visit www.alone.ie
- Emotional support to anyone in distress or struggling to cope
- Freephone 116 123 (any time, day or night)
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pieta House provides telephone and text-based support counselling for people who are suicidal or engaging in self-harm
- Freephone 1800 247 247 (any time, day or night)
- Text HELP to 51444 (standard message rates apply)
- Telephone appointments will be provided to replace face to face appointments – contact your local Pieta House for details
- Ireland’s 24-hour national listening service for young people up to the age of 18
- Freephone 1800 666 666 (any time, day or night)
- Text 50101 (from 10am to 4pm every day)
- Chat online at www.childline.ie (from 10am to 4pm every day)
BeLonG To Text Support
- BeLonG To provide support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI+) young people in Ireland
- Text LGBTI+ to 086 1800 280 to can chat in confidence with a trained crisis volunteer (anytime day or night, standard SMS rates may apply)
- While face to face services are closed, information, referral and advice will be provided digitally, by email, SMS, phone call or video conference
- Visit www.belongto.org
Aware Support Line
- Information and support to anyone over 18 about issues relating to their own mood or the mood of a friend or family member, or who experiences depression or bipolar.
- Freephone Support Line 1800 80 48 48 (from 10am to 10pm every day)
- Support and self-care groups nationwide, are cancelled until further notice
- Life Skills Online Programme continuing as normal
- Email email@example.com for services information and support
Crisis Text Line Ireland
- A confidential messaging support service
- Text TALK to 086 1800 280 (any time day or night, standard SMS rates may apply)
- Online support and through the helpline for LGBT+ people across Ireland
- LGBT Helpline 1890 929 539 (every day)
- Gender Identity Family Support Line 01 907 3707
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org for support or information while face to face services are closed
- An instant messaging service is available 7 days a week, from 6:30pm to 10pm Mon – Thur, from 4pm to 10pm Fridays, and from 4pm to 6pm on Sat & Sun
Mental Health Ireland
- Information and support for people who experience mental health difficulties
- Information line (01) 284 1166 (from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday)
- Visit www.mentalhealthireland.ie or email email@example.com for more information
GROW Mental Health Recovery
- Information line 1890 474 474
- Visit www.grow.ie or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or while peer support groups are postponed
Exchange House Ireland National Traveller Mental Health Service
- Telephone and online services and supports are available while face to face and group services have stopped
- Call 01 8721094 (then press 1) for support, help or advice (from 9am to 5pm every day)
- Visit www.exchangehouse.ie for more information
Mobile apps to support your mental health
These mobile apps can help you manage anxiety. They have been reviewed and approved for listing here, by a group in the HSE (Mental Health Apps Review Sub Group). The app developers are solely responsible for their app’s advertisement, compliance and fitness for purpose. Unless stated otherwise, apps are not supplied by the HSE, and the HSE is not liable for their use.
Mindshift (by Anxiety Canada)
A user-friendly self-help tool based on proven scientific strategies, MindShift CBT teaches about anxiety, helping users to engage in healthy thinking and to take action. Users check in each day to track their anxiety and work with tools in the app.
Clear Fear is an app developed for teenage mental health charity Stem4 which uses the evidence-based treatment CBT to focus on learning to reduce the physical responses to threat by learning to breathe, relax and be mindful as well as changing thoughts and behaviours and releasing emotions. You can personalise the app if you so wish and you will be able to track your progress and notice change.
Headspace is a well-known mobile app that teaches meditation and easy to use mindfulness skills. Map your journey, track your progress, and reap rewards in your overall health and wellbeing. You can even ‘buddy up’ with friends and motivate each other along the way.
More online supports
The YourMentalHealth.ie website provides information and signposting on all mental health supports and services that are available nationally & locally provided by the HSE and its funded partners. You can also call the freephone YourMentalHealth Information Line to find supports and services 1800 111 888 (any time, day or night).