Helping your child to make decisions
From the day your child enters second level school to the day they leave you will play a central role in assisting them with career, educational and personal/social decisions. Guidance Counsellors support you in this role. Working together is of mutual benefit in coping with the diverse and ever changing values in the home, school and community.
What is guidance?
Your child will make significant decisions while at school. These choices are focused on three key areas:
What do guidance counsellors do?
The role of the Guidance Counsellor is to help your child in the process of making these decisions. They do this through guidance classes, activities and individual consultations with your child.
As a parent you can assist through:
This is one of the most important contributions a parent can make to their child’s career’s education.
If at all possible both parents should try to attend, as information from progress reports can be very helpful to your child.
Work Experience and Work Shadowing/Placement
Work experience and work shadowing are key parts of Senior Cycle Programmes. By helping students get relevant work experience you are playing an important role in their career development.
Preparation for Work Experience
As a parent you can play a key role in ensuring that work experience placements are a meaningful experience. You can encourage good grooming, time keeping and good work practices.
These sessions help students project the best image of themselves at real interviews. Your support, advice, expertise and experience are very much appreciated.
Students find career projects interesting as they motivate them to research careers thoroughly. You can assist by evaluating work done and using them as an opportunity to get up-skilled in the different modes of career research for yourself, e.g. internet-based research.
Assisting students with Application Forms
Your child needs all the help she/he can get in completing the various forms associated with educational and career options. You can help by checking that they are filled in correctly and by encouraging you daughter/son to talk through their decisions on:
Students love discussing the nice/nasty elements of jobs with real job holders. Your offer of assistance in this is very valuable. A short visit to a workplace can illustrate a career more than a thousand words
Students like hearing jobholders describe careers and work experience. Volunteering to give a career talk will broaden the students’ perspectives of how careers develop over time.
Career Action Plan
Many senior pupils undertake careers explorations during guidance classes. You should encourage your daughter/son to research all areas of interest before visiting their Guidance Counsellor.
A Career Action Plan may be formulated through the student’s own research and consultations with the Guidance Counsellor.
As important decisions may have to be made in areas such as finance and/or living away from home, you should play a supportive role on developing this Career Action Plan.