The Guidance Department offers a full range of activities and interventions which assist students in making decisions in their lives. For second level students, these choices are focused on developments in three key areas:
- Vocational /Career
At Ursuline College Sligo, we aim to provide a comprehensive service to students through a range of activities, which promote a student’s ‘s personal growth, self- knowledge and self – esteem and which help them to becomes more aware of their emotions, abilities, interests and special aptitudes. We aim to support students in making and implementing appropriate life choices and plans.
Guidance refers to both the specific guidance programme delivered by the Guidance Counsellor and to whole school supports in which all school staff are involved.
The Guidance Counsellor is available to meet with students throughout the school day either by appointment or referral.
All Transition Year students have a double guidance class per week.
All Fifth and Sixth Year students have a weekly guidance class.
The Guidance Counsellor has access to other year groups for guidance classes throughout the year. The Guidance Counsellor fulfils her role through a variety of interventions as described in the Role Document of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.
The work of the Guidance Counsellor consists of the following functions.
- Counselling – Personal, Educational and career
- Personal and social development
- Psychological testing
- Career information management
- Consultations with parents, staff and community
- Vocational preparation – job search skills, work experience
- Evaluation of the school’s guidance needs and services
Parents/Guardians are always welcome to meet with the Guidance Counsellor at information evenings, parent/teacher meeting and on request by contacting the school.
The provision of guidance in Ursuline College aims to ensure that students can avail of the following activities:
Counselling – helping students on an individual basis to explore their own thoughts and feelings about their present situation, about the choices open to them, and the consequence of each choice.
Information – providing students with objective and factual data.
Assessment – using aptitude and interest tests to help students make better decisions.
Career Transition Programmes – Providing the necessary concepts, knowledge and skills to enable students to make the transition to further and higher education, training and work.
Educational Development skills – providing knowledge and skills relating to studying , examination performance , choice of subjects and levels.
Personal and Social Development Programmes – providing knowledge and skills relating to personal and social development, self –awareness and decision – making and planning.
Guidance related websites
- Career Portal
- Central Application Office
- Department of Education
- State Examination Commission
- UK College Application (UCAS)
- Student Finance
- Access Route to College