Q. Can parents/guardians attend the meetings?
A. Choosing a career is an important milestone in a young person’s life. Yes, parents/guardians can sit in on all consultation meetings in order to source a suitable career guidance coach initially and then help their teenager identify an ideal, realistic career if they feel it will not affect the person/student from expressing their point of view or indeed themselves.
Q.How long is each session/meeting?
A. Each intense, busy session/meeting involved in choosing a career has a maximum duration of 1.5 – 2 hours after which time they have taken in all of what they can. There is also some home play/homework between each meeting/session as it is important that people complete some of the exercises privately and in a quiet, tranquil place of their choice. They are making decisions that will change their life.
Q.How many meetings/sessions are there?
A. The number of meetings/sessions vary and are dependent on the specific needs and required intervention and can be up to 3-5 sessions.
Q.How much are your fees?
A. We provide an initial FREE Consultation to understand your academic and career challenges.
(Fees can be tailored to meet your budgetary needs and requirements)
Q. Is there a charge for follow up contact?
A. No, there is no charge for follow up emails, telephone calls and/or texts.
Q.What is the general sequence/process of working with people?
A. Main Tasks:
- Junior Certificate Subject details
- Leaving Certificate subject details (if already chosen)
- Work experiences analysis
- Calculate CAO Points target (lowest / highest / target)
- Discuss and list current career aspirations
- Discuss and list current third level course aspirations
- Ask where they wish to study i.e. college type and location
- Discuss current study training and techniques (When, how long and how they study)
- Develop study plans timetable around school, sport, grinds, music (Sept.-Dec. & Jan.-June)
- Discuss and show how to study
- See Examination and Study Tips & Techniques Hand-out
- Focus on how to study
- Stick to the plan
- OU Test (paper-based)
- Values Clarification (paper-based)
- Motivation / Interests Analysis (paper-based)
- Natural Skills, Talents and Competencies (paper-based)
- Eirquest (computer-based)
- Centigrade (computer-based)
- Cambridge (computer-based)
- Essay (paper-based, 400-500 words)
- Wants/Don’t Wants in a career
- Role model person, who and why?
- Identify up to three careers, then choose one career
- Identify Third Level Course
- Identify Leaving Certificate subjects from the choice available (if not already chosen)
- Regular weekly or monthly contact by telephone, skype, e-mail or in-person (if parent/s, guardians request)
- Examination techniques
- Build your career with confidence:
- Define what success means to you
- Figure out what motivates you
- Identify your values
- Believe in what you have to offer
- Master your skills
- Complete and sign Commitment Summary Form
- The student writes down everything during an intervention, even the small important talk/tips
- The student writes a summary of everything covered each day and tasks for the next meeting
- The student shows the above to their parents/guardians